Saturday, January 24, 2009

Netflix on TiVo

We've been TiVotees for a while. Well, okay, I have. The Wife is not quite as big of a devotee of TiVo as am I. Still, we've enjoyed it.

We bought a reconditioned TiVo Series 2 (from TiVo, not off eBay or anything) nearly 3 years ago. Recently, though, we upgraded. Seriously.

Bought a TiVo HD. It has lots of features that you don't find on the old Series 2. Dual tuner, for one thing. Sure, you can get a new Series 2 with dual tuners, but our old reconditioned TiVo box had but one tuner.

Oh, and the quality of the new TiVo HD is better than the old one. We don't have digital cable or HD channels, but the newer TiVo sill has a better picture.

The feature that I've enjoyed the most, though, is the live streaming from Netflix.

You can't do it on a Series 2, but the Series 3 or HD models allow you to watch 12,000 selected Netflix videos on your TiVo.

To use it, you have to have an unlimited Netflix account. And you have to go to the Netflix Website to add videos to the "Instant Queue." Oh, and only a portion of the Netflix catalog is available for watching via TiVo. Still, it's great being able to watch a movie without having to wait for it to show up on TCM or in the mail from Netflix.

I've watched some Star Trek episodes, Vantage Point, Roger Rabbit, Walking with Dinosaurs, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV series), The Bone Collector, Duck Soup ... well, a lot more than I should have.

And I'm sure I'll be watching a lot more.

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