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Posted: Nov. 08, 2003 5:59 am/pm Quote

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Carol and I are considering getting TiVo and wondered if any of you have any tips, opinions, or advice about it to offer. If so, please reply here!

There's a website and a press release about something that looks very interesting: Pioneer has made the first DVD recorders with built-in TiVo! There's also a rebate offer: Buy the Pioneer DVR-810H or DVR-57H from an authorized Pioneer or Pioneer Elite dealer between October 15, 2003 and December 31, 2003, AND subscribe to the TiVo Plus service by January 31, 2004 to be eligible for a $50 rebate.

Press Release

Pioneer Introduces World's First DVD Recorders with TIVO Service

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., a leader in digital home entertainment products, is revolutionizing home video recording with the introduction of the world's first DVD recorders featuring the TiVo service. These new recorders offer consumers the control provided by the easy-to-use TiVo service integrated with advanced DVD recording for the option of short-term storage on a hard drive or long-term archival of broadcast programming on DVD-R/RW discs.

The Pioneer Elite DVR-57H includes a 120-gigabyte hard disc drive while the Pioneer DVR-810H boasts 80 gigabytes of storage space. Both models are powered by the TiVo service and offer the ability to:

Schedule and record programs while playing a DVD.
Play programs from the hard drive while recording from the hard drive onto a DVD.
Watch a program from the beginning while the recorder simultaneously finishes the recording.
Transfer content at high speeds from the hard drive to a DVD for long-term storage.
Both DVD recorders offer DCDi™ by Faroudja progressive scan circuitry for outstanding image quality when watching DVD movies.

"Pioneer is setting the standard for value-added DVD recorders by including the TiVo service with these two new products. Unlike many of the original DVD recorders, we're offering effortless operation with maximum benefit," said Russ Johnston, senior vice president of marketing for home entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "Consumers will not see this type of innovation from any other manufacturer in the near term."

TiVo Service and Recording from Television
Both the DVR-57H and the DVR-810H offer consumers the TiVo Basic™ service with no monthly fee upfront. Consumers will get DVR functionality such as; pausing live TV, recording from the program guide, manual repeat recording by time and date and three days of program guide data. Consumers can upgrade their TiVo service at any time, to include features such as a fourteen-day program guide, Season Pass™, WishList™ and Search by Title.

Both DVD recorders come equipped with a 181-channel cable TV tuner for instant one-touch recording to the hard drive. Once the content is stored on the hard drive, consumers can transfer the content on to a DVD-R/RW disc and navigate the DVD menus using the friendly TiVo interface. This is the first product to seamlessly integrate DVD-R/RW and TiVo service functionality in one easy to use product.

When a disc is inserted, the recorder automatically searches for available recording space. There is no tedious process of finding blank space to begin recording as exists with today's VHS recorders. Through automatic menus and easy navigation with the sophisticated Tivo user interface, consumers can simply locate and play a desired portion of the broadcast material instead of fast-forwarding and rewinding through videotape.

Transfer Home Movies to DVD
Both units are equipped to transfer old videotapes to longer-lasting DVD-R or DVD-RW discs for more permanent storage. By connecting a VCR via analog inputs to the DVD recorder, transferring content becomes a snap. Unlike videotape, DVD will not degrade over time when exposed to heat and humidity. Transferring home movies from tape to disc will preserve them for future generations. DVD-R discs are best for archiving because they are write-once discs (like CD-R) and cannot be accidentally erased. Once a consumer has transferred their videotape collection to DVD, the VCR is obsolete.

Create New Home Movies
The DVR-810H and DVR-57H offer analog inputs, enabling consumers to connect a camcorder to the DVD recorder for basic transferring functions. Once the content from the camcorder is stored onto the hard drive, users have the ability to edit the content before burning it to DVD. The newly created DVD-R disc can be played back on most other automobile, home, portable DVD players and DVD-ROM computer drives.

The DVR-810H and DVR-57H will be available in the fall 2003 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,199 and $1,800 respectively.

Pioneer's Home Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of plasma and projection televisions, DVD players and DVD recorders, A/V receivers, CD players and CD recorders, speakers and other audio and video accessories. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including Digital Network Entertainment. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Pioneer Elite brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years with Pioneer Elite products.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video, computer and cable equipment for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including DVD, display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment and components. Founded in 1938 in Tokyo, Pioneer Corporation employs more than 34,000 people worldwide. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PIO).

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 1:01 am/pm Quote

Love! Love!!! LOVE!!!! my Tivo!!!!!!!    :hearts:  :love:  :hearts:

Both my brothers had them, and kept raving about how wonderful it was.....I thought it was just a glorified VCR....that is, until they got one for me!  WOW!!!

It is so simple to use, and I find I watch a lot less tv because I watch only the shows I want WHEN I want to !  I also have found many "gems" that play at odd hours that I would never have otherwise seen.

Besides the simple recording feature, I didn't realize how much I use the rewind/FF feature when I watch a show...until I was watching on the other tv we have that doesn't have Tivo....It is great to watch a show "live", then back up when you miss something.  Or, if you are watching a show and the phone rings...or nature can pause the live tv until you return to watch....

It is hard to describe the great features....but I can tell you that ANYONE I've spoken with that has Tivo LOVES it and can't stand watching "regular" tv!

karen :)

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 10:04 am/pm Quote

DITTO!!!   I LOVE my TiVo!!! :hearts:

Our unit is integrated with our DirecTV.  It started out as a gift to my DH.   Well, I think I use it more than he!!

Aside from the Rewind/FF - being able to search for a program/movie using keywords (like Disney) and have it record it for you is the best!

There's also a "Season Pass Manager" that will record a whole season of episodes so you don't forget.  LOVE IT!

Last year - New Years Eve, we were doing the countdown and my son couldn't find his noisemaker.  Well, he was SO upset that he couldn't use his noisemaker like the other kids so what did we do??  We rewound and counted down again!  

I've been considering getting one for our TV upstairs.


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Posted: Nov. 11, 2003 2:48 am/pm Quote

GET IT!  :bigsmile:

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