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Does the TiVo box really know me? Actually yes - I think it may!
Virgin Media TiVo
Member Name: Vixi15
Virgin Media TiVo
Advantages: Ease of recording, feel like it's getting to know you, series link
Disadvantages: Speed, on demand goes down quite frequently
A quick overview of the spec:
Size (approx.): Width is 37cm Diameter is 24 cm, and height is 7 cm. it has a Cable Co-Ax In, a SCART socket,
HDMI cable, Optical Audio Out, 2 x USB , an Ethernet Network Port and a Mains Power
My husband and I were initially attracted to the TiVo when We received a leaflet through te door. We have had Virgin media for 4 years, starting with the standard box, and going to the V+ about two years ago.
Looking through the leaflet I really liked the amount of memory on the TiVo box compared to the V+, (300 hours standard compared to 80), although it's compactly for HD recordings lowers this to 150 hours max.
I also liked the fact it could record up to 3 programmes - although we have since realised that you have to be watching the third, or another recorded programme. This as only been a issue once - so not something really to moan about!
You pay £3.00 extra a month - and I do believe this is worth it having used it every day for three months now; and we have have linked it to our personalities!
On the remote you have the option to press green thumbs up (up to three times) for a programme you like. You press the thumbs up once if you like it a little, twice for quite a lot and three times if you love it.
The remote also has a red thumbs down button, which works in exactly the same way.
By rating the programmes you each the TiVo box starts to recognise the programmes you like; and makes suggestions in your recorded shows - which is called 'My shows' and is a separate button on the remote.
The TiVo will even record programmes it knows you love - which we found out when my husband forgot his favourite team were playing a big football match when we were out. When we got home we found out the TiVo had automatically recorded it!
You can also express series links for any programme you wish to watch the whole series of - and this even extends to programmes not even on air yet, you just request that they start to record the series once it is on air.
A good example of this is when I requested new House; and it told me House would be starting at the end of the month, and set up to record the whole series. This meant I didn't have to remember the date.
At the top of 'My shows' are further suggested shows, almost like mini adverts; fitted to what you already watch.
Another feature I like is that you can request to record a certain actor or actress, and you can also set to only record new episodes of certain shows under 'My preferences'
The TV guide is now called 'HOME', and to move up and down a page on the TV guide you have to select channel up or down.
There is also a last channel button which I have only just discovered and find very useful.
Downsides are that you have to manually go through each episode to delete if you don't choose to delete immediately after watching. I also think that the TiVo is a little slow at times; and the On Demand is sometimes down.
I also am not sure as to why BBC on demand programmes only go through the I player which is significantly slower than going direct through the Virgin Media On Demand.
Overall though we are really enjoying the TiVo; especially as we have a young son and really appreciate not having to miss out on programmes as we are doing bath and bedtime routines. The TiVo is great for young families who spend a lot of evenings in.
Summary: A fantastic box for young families and/or people who spend a lot of crime at home.
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