I'm a tad confused by what purpose TiVo served when it briefly appeared a few years ago and seemed to fade away. Was it an add-on or did it provide channels somehow?
It was an add on IIRC, it was a good idea for PVR, but I do believe they did charge for the EPG
listings, that didn't help things, nor the fact you had to connect your STB to the box, plus I think the biggest factor was the Sky+ basically doing all that in one box with less fuss, that probably lead to it's demise within the UK.
Yep plus Sky+ had two tuners, TiVo just had the one (that you connected up to it).
Sky were initially involved in pushing TiVo, I'm not sure exactly what this relationship entailed but the top of the menu screen said "recommended by Sky Digital". This disappeared pretty promptly once Sky+ launched...
Posted this on the Tesco box thread but would fit here better I think:
I still have a 2001 TiVo working on a second set at my parents' house - we purchased a "lifetime subscription" so we haven't paid anything for nearly ten years, but it is all still updated via the phoneline. Whilst it's bulky, and connects to a seperate STB rather than having it's own tuner, and it only carries about 12 hours of video at the highest quality (40 at lowest) - it's still one of the most the most stable PVRs I've ever used. Never once crashed on me...