The DVR has just come to
Now Tivo is a verb like Xerox. It has finally become a household name. I'm surprised because I thought ReplayTV would win since Tivo was like the Mac of DVRs and ReplayTV was the Windows of DVRs. I clearly liked the Tivo better but it required a monthly subscription and ReplayTV didn't. But Tivo had a catchy name. Even with such popularity, nobody has heard of Tivo in Malaysia and probably most of Asia. The DVR has yet to hit it big in Asia.
I just find it funny how the
The Malaysian approach to marketing makes sense to me. They avoid the market confusion caused by the first DVRs. Take a product everyone knows, the DVD player, and add onto it. The makes sense.
The first DVRs in
Keep the new features small to begin with and the consumer will understand what it does. Then you can add features slowly over the years as the consumer becomes more comfortable and familiar with the product.
Keeping the number of features low also reduces the prices. Newer features can become selling points in the future.
Here is an example of the latest DVR available in
- Internet connection
- Automatic Software upgrades
- Automatically figures out the day, time and channel of the show you want to record
- Automatically reschedules if a conflict with another show
- TV Listings
- Record multiple shows at the same time
- Peer-to-Peer file sharing over Internet with other DVRs
- Rate shows so it can record shows it thinks you will like
- Ability to record types of shows like all Kevin Bacon movies or all ice-skating TV shows
- 30 second skip-ahead to skip over commercials
The salesman had no brochure the details on the web are scarce so I don't know if it has these features.
- Pause live TV
- Ability to watch, pause, rewind, fast-forward a show while it is being recorded
- Different quality settings
Here are features no DVR has that I'm aware of
- Ability to order your shows in sub-directories
- Ability to add more hard-drive space by purchasing external hard-drives
- Ability to automatically cut out commercials
- Ability to edit a recorder show and save part of a show or combine shows into one show or delete parts of shows
Honestly I wouldn’t be happy unless I had at least 1 TB (Terra-Byte) of disk space (1000 GBs).