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Is TiVo expensive?
As far as TV home equiptment is concerned, TiVo is a relatively inexpensive addition. TiVo units range in price, but you can expect to pay around $130 - $200 on a name-brand system. The TiVo service is currently $12.95 per month.
How will TiVo work with my current TV setup?
TiVo can work with a variety of set-ups. It can be set up to run with VCRs, DVDs, cable, antennas, satellite, and more.
If TiVo uses phone line, will calls be missed?
TiVo says no. TiVo will not interrupt current calls you may be making, in-coming, or out-going phone calls. The initial setup is only time your phone line will be blocked from calls, but this should only take a few minutes.
Are there parental controls?
Yes, TiVo has parental controls, allowing parents to lock certain programs and set limitations on their children's viewing.
Can I record programs off Internet?
Yes, but you will need TiVo series 2. With this unit, you can use online schedualing to record your favorite shows. A broadband connection is highly recommended for this service, however.
Is TiVo hackable (i.e. able to be modified?)
Yes, much like a computer, it is. Because TiVo utilizes Linux, an open-source operating system, device can be modified in various ways. For instance, it is possible to increase TiVo storage space through hacking.
Bradley James is a senior editor at SciNet.cc, a website containing many helpful consumer electronics review articles. For more information on TiVo technology, please visit our TiVo FAQ webpage.