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The TiVo Success Story

Not all companies make this mistake. In mid-1999 a new company called TiVo appeared. It makes a product called TiVo, which is a Personal Video Recorder, or PVR. A PVR is like a VCR that records on a hard drive instead of videotape. But even better, TiVo will record your favorite programs automatically, even preemptively. For anyone who’s owned one (myself included), it can be quite a watershed experience. Suddenly, TV is interesting again.

David Bott followed the advent of PVRs with interest. Bott is the administrator of AVS Forum (avsforum.com), a discussion site full of discussions about home theater equipment. He started a section for discussions about PVRs. Soon, the TiVo discussions were growing too fast to control, so he gave TiVo its own forum. It grew like a weed.


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