TiVo’s New Cable-Free Over-The-Air DVR Tries To Fill Streaming Vacancy Left By Aereo Demise

TiVo’s New Cable-Free Over-The-Air DVR Tries To Fill Streaming Vacancy Left By Aereo Demise


Aereo might have been shut down by the Supreme Court, but the reason they were open in the first place is because consumers want a way to record and stream broadcast TV without subscribing to cable. There are some homebrew workarounds, but none of them are seamless. Now TiVo, one of the first companies to make the whole home-DVR idea actually work, is trying to fill the vacancy. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover Ancient, Mysterious Flip Camera

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover Ancient, Mysterious Flip Camera

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a band of brave retail explorers who comb the world’s big-box stores in search of retail antiquities at comically high prices. They carefully excavate clearance racks in order to find the most ancient pieces of technology available. In this set of field notes, Raiders report finding a fast-food promotional game, an obsolete camera from a defunct company, and a wireless adapter from a TiVo of generations past. [More]

TiVo E-Mails Me Coupon Code, Reserves Right To Remove Discounts After Order

TiVo E-Mails Me Coupon Code, Reserves Right To Remove Discounts After Order

When TiVo was offering a great price on their Roamio DVRs, reader Victor thought that his mother-in-law could use one. He thought about it, put one in his virtual cart, and then took some time to decide. Like many retailers will do, TiVo sent him an e-mail with a $50 off coupon to entice him back. How could he resist? He placed the order, and that’s where things started to go wrong. [More]

Netflix Is The Newest Channel In The Lineup For Some Cable Customers

Netflix Is The Newest Channel In The Lineup For Some Cable Customers

Netflix and cable companies: they’re natural enemies, like cats and dogs or Superman and Lex Luthor. And yet for as hard as some cable companies are working to compete against Netflix, others appear to have worked out an accord. For customers of three smaller cable providers, Netflix is now a channel they can surf to just like any other. [More]

It’s A Bit Boring To Watch People Try To Break World Record For Binge-Watching

It’s A Bit Boring To Watch People Try To Break World Record For Binge-Watching

Last night, about 12 hours before CES threw open its door to attendees, three folks gathered in the TiVo booth in order to begin their attempt at breaking the world record for TV binge-watching. Not even a full day in, and it’s kind of a sad sight. [More]

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TiVo Adds Mandatory Binding Arbitration For Customers: Here’s How To Opt Out

We at Consumerist have crusaded against the evils of mandatory binding arbitration for most of the last decade. Companies love it, though, because it means we can’t sue them. TiVo is only the latest company to insert language requiring customers to use arbitration and give up their right to sue. You can opt out of that provision, though, if you want to. [More]

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My DirecTV Tivo Has Been Resetting For 12 Days And No One Seems To Care

UPDATE: DirecTV tells Consumerist it will credit affected customers’ accounts when the issue is resolved.
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Since the first week of November, DirecTV customers with Tivo Series 2 DVRs have been smashing their head against the wall (not literally, we hope) trying to get people to do something about their DVRs resetting randomly and frequently throughout the day. [More]

Time Warner’s Copy Protection Might Just Drive TV Lover To Piracy

Time Warner’s Copy Protection Might Just Drive TV Lover To Piracy

Instead of a cable company-provided DVR, Leon uses a TiVo. It gives him greater flexibility, since he can transfer programs to his backup hard drives to free up space, then transfer the programs back when he is woefully short on entertainment. Only the cable networks and Time Warner Cable don’t want us to be able to do this. Where Leon lives, every program that’s not on one of the over-the-air broadcast networks is copy-protected. He can’t copy any of these shows to his backup drives. It’s as if it were 1990, and every time Leon ejected a recorded TV program from his VCR, a cable company employee stormed through the door, confiscated it, unspooled the tape, and set it on fire. Only less labor-intensive. [More]

TiVo Twists AT&T's Arm, Gets It To Cough Up $215 Million Patent Settlement

TiVo Twists AT&T's Arm, Gets It To Cough Up $215 Million Patent Settlement

If TiVo is in the news in these days of its irrelevance, it’s usually because it’s won another massive settlement dispute with a company it accused of ripping off its tech. After getting $500 million from Dish Network last year, TiVo has now shaken down AT&T for $215 million. [More]

Dish Pays TiVo $500 Million DVR Patent Settlement

Dish Pays TiVo $500 Million DVR Patent Settlement

TiVo has long alleged Dish Network violated its DVR patents, and the satellite provider has settled things by giving TiVo $500 million to put the issue behind them. TiVo can now presumably exact similar settlements from Microsoft, Motorola, Verizon and AT&T, which it’s also suing. [More]

Appeals Court Gives Both Dish, TiVo Reasons To Be Happy, Sad

Appeals Court Gives Both Dish, TiVo Reasons To Be Happy, Sad

TiVo and Dish Network are locked up in a never-ending lawsuit over the satellite provider’s alleged violation of TiVo’s DVR patents, and a U.S. Federal Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday only served to muddle the picture. [More]

E-Mail Breach Hits Best Buy, TiVo, Walgreens, Chase, Kroger, Many More

E-Mail Breach Hits Best Buy, TiVo, Walgreens, Chase, Kroger, Many More

What first looked like a small e-mail list breach at New York & Company over the weekend was just the tip of the iceberg as multiple national retailers and banks found themselves the victim of the same data hackers. [More]

My Cable Provider Won't Let Me Have TiVo Without $50 Installation

My Cable Provider Won't Let Me Have TiVo Without $50 Installation

Mike wanted to renew his suspended love affair with TiVo and inquired about ordering a box through his cable provider. He reconsidered when he was told the only way he could get a TiVo through the company is if he paid an unnecessary $50 “installation fee” to plug the box into his TV and wall. [More]

I Discovered TiVo's Secret Half-Off Deal For 3-Year Customers

I Discovered TiVo's Secret Half-Off Deal For 3-Year Customers

Tara says she’s stumbled upon a gem of a deal for those who’ve subscribed to TiVo for three years or more: Get the normally $300 TiVo Premiere box for $162 with free shipping. She says you have to ask for the un-advertised promotion. [More]

Become A TiVo Premiere Early Adopter At Your Own Peril

Become A TiVo Premiere Early Adopter At Your Own Peril

Victor wants to warn Consumerist readers: no matter how much you love your TiVo, do not jump in and let yourself be an early adopter of the company’s new product, the Premiere (or series 4) box. He and other Premiere users have shared their tales of heartbreak and bugs with the Internet. [More]

How Many Comcast Techs Does It Take To Hook Up A TiVo?

How Many Comcast Techs Does It Take To Hook Up A TiVo?

Riddle me this, Batman. How many Comcast cable techs does it take to install a TiVo? We’d love to give you an answer, but we can’t because reader Lynn still hasn’t got a working TiVo after 3 appointments. Whoooops. [More]

Yes, You Can Still Make Claims On Your Circuit City Extended Warranty

Yes, You Can Still Make Claims On Your Circuit City Extended Warranty

If you bought a TiVo with an extended warranty at Circuit City before the chain died and came back as a retail zombie, TiVo forum poster Mark has good news and bad news for you: It is still technically possible to use your warranty, but doing so requires superhuman levels of persistence. [More]

Reach The CEO's Office At TiVo

Reach The CEO's Office At TiVo

Are you struggling with a problem with TiVo that regular customer service can’t solve? Send your complaint to the office of President and CEO Tom Rogers at trogers@tivo.com, and you’ll hear back from someone in the Executive Relations department. (Thanks to reader IndyJaws for the info!) [More]