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Philips HDR312 TiVo 30-Hour Digital Video Recorder

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  • 225 channels featuring movies, sports, and pay-per-view programming
  • Up to 30 hours of storage capacity
  • 8-second instant replay feature
  • Pause, fast-forward, and rewind
  • Jump-to-live button on remote
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Unlike analog VCRs, Philips's HDR312 personal TV receiver uses TiVo technology to store compressed audio-video data to a computer hard disk. When you're ready to watch a preselected program, the HDR312 retrieves it upon command from a list of shows you've recorded.

Among the most revolutionary aspects of the Philips/TiVo server is the ability to pause live broadcasts and either resume a program where you left off or return to the program in real time. For example, while watching live sporting events, you can replay the last eight seconds of the action. You can then return to the live broadcast at any time. Using the palm-size remote, you can rewind and fast-forward pretaped programs, skipping through recorded commercials if you choose.

Philips supplies all the necessary cables for setting up the HDR312, including a 50-foot phone line and splitter. You don't need a separate phone line; simply connect the splitter to the wall, connect your phone and receiver cable to the splitter, and you're in business. The phone line is vital, however, for downloading TV listings; recording shows; and receiving TiVo's Suggestions feature, which suggests programs you might enjoy based on your previous selections, and TiVolution Magazine, which offers recommendations on the best programs to watch. After the initial download, the receiver spends about five minutes updating your programming data each night.

TiVo's onscreen setup guide includes easy step-by-step instructions. TiVo charges $12.95 a month for its weekly listing service, TiVolution Magazine, and its Suggestions feature, or you can pay a one-time service charge of $299.

Once you've selected a program to record, you have four choices of picture quality: basic, medium, high, or best. The higher settings take up more storage space, which translates into fewer hours of available record time.

From the Manufacturer

What is TiVo? TiVo gives you the ultimate control over your TV viewing: Never miss a moment of the action! Control the action with the ability to pause, rewind, slow-motion and instant replay live TV. TiVo automatically records your favorite shows. You tell TiVo once and it records them for you every time they're broadcast. No programming required! Teach TiVo the kind of shows you like by pressing "Thumbs Up" or "Thumbs Down" on the TiVo remote. TiVo automatically records your favorite shows and others you might like that match your preferences. All your shows are recorded digitally so there's no searching through videotape to find your shows.

How TiVo works
You purchase the Personal TV Receiver and sign up to receive the TiVo Personal TV Service. Both the Service and the Receiver are compatible with cable, satellite and rooftop antenna. The Receiver simply connects between your TV set and cable box, satellite receiver or antenna/coaxial cable. A VCR can also plug into the Receiver to act as an archive device.

The Service works by making a nightly phone call to get the up-to-date program information it needs to function. The data provided by the TiVo Personal TV Service works to identify and record shows that you have specifically asked for and other shows that may be of interest to you. In this way, TiVo is always full of programs you'll want to watch whenever you turn on your TV.

TiVo also delivers the following to your receiver every day: Exclusive TiVolution Magazine--a daily insider's guide to the best programming on television. Exclusive Network Showcases--highlights and up-to-date information on the latest movies and best programs from television's biggest networks.

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