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Old 11-27-2012, 11:13 AM
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We used to have TIVO. Loved the software interface, particularly the search capabilities. The hardware died, and we went to a cable system DVR. We were never happy with it but the major thing we lost was the superior searching capability with TIVO where it searches the content of the show description, not just the title of the show.

For example: With TIVO, if we were traveling to Paris, I could search for any program that contained the word "paris" in it's title, description, or Lord knows what else. With the cable box, the same search only looks at the title of the show. So a Rick Steve's program where he is going to Paris will come up on the TIVO search, but would not show up on the cable DVR search because the word "Paris" is not in the title of the program. (TIVO would have also turned up programs that included Paris Jackson or Paris Hilton.)

Also, we miss the ability to search for specific actors, directors, etc.

TIVO was like google for television shows. The cable DVR is more like an excel spreadsheet of program titles that are categorized into searchable categories - WAY more limited.

SO - for any ex-TIVO users out there: Is there a satellite company that has similar software to TIVO (I know that Time Warner Cable does not).
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:10 PM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Weak-knees has refurbed old tivos with lifetime service fairly inexpensively. Not HD, but for the price, worth it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:23 PM
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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My DirecTV HR22 seems to do most of what you describe, but they also offer a Tivo DVR:
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