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TiVo Announces DVR-SuperAdvance 75

mark0 writes "TiVo has announced the TiVo DVR-SuperAdvance. The PC World review says, 'Familiar TiVo interface; DVR can record not-yet-broadcast programming; potentially useful as a wagering aid,' though, '[it is] expensive; access to programming is limited; footage is displayed in standard definition only.'" Hopefully, TiVo will supply a review unit.
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TiVo Announces DVR-SuperAdvance

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  • Hurry up (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Profane MuthaFucka ( 574406 ) <> on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @05:56PM (#27424303) Homepage Journal

    Let's get these stories out of the way. April 1st is the worst day of the year for Slashdot. And that's saying a lot because none of them are particularly any good.

    • Re:Hurry up (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @05:59PM (#27424343)

      And yet, here you post, day after day, year after year, your username blatantly stolen [] from a more talented poster who has long since retired. How *do* you do it, PF? Actually, I'll answer that for you: you do it wrong, my friend. You do it very wrong!

      • My user name wasn't stolen, it was plagarized. Stolen means that the rightful owner no longer has use of the property that was stolen.

    • Re:Hurry up (Score:5, Insightful)

      by RichardJenkins ( 1362463 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @06:21PM (#27424523)

      Yet here you are again.

      Seriously though, being in the UK where prime time US shows are typically broadcast at least a couple days (and sometime a couple YEARS) after their American airdate, a MythTV box integrated with a bit torrent site really does provide a DVR that shows programmes before broadcast.

      • [...] hey, it's the same reason Eskimos enjoy blubber; it's the only fucking thing available at the Arctic buffet, okay?

    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by MrCrassic ( 994046 )
      To all of those that can't stand one day of media humor:

      If you're after real news, why not go check out Google News [] or something? While Slashdot does miss the mark sometimes, it provides mostly serious and very insightful articles day in, day out. One day of silliness isn't going to kill anyone.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Cube Steak ( 1520237 )

        To all of those that can't stand one day of media humor:

        We can stand humor, but none of these "joke" stories have been funny in the least bit.

    • by h4rr4r ( 612664 )

      Is a joke site?
      Or are some people really that dumb?

      • by Miseph ( 979059 )

        With headlines that actually say things like "Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is seeking a vote this year on legislation that would increase the income tax rates on some Americans who earn as little as $104,425 per year" (emphasis mine) I would sure hope so. I'd like to believe that nobody, no matter what their position on progressive taxation, would actually claim that anyone making over $100,00 a year isn't making a great deal of money... but apparently in their world t

        • It's poorly written, but I read the article and they clearly meant, "Americans who earn as little as $100k, rather than the $250k promised by Obama."

          Not that I'm defending the site, mind you, but it seems that they aren't quite so dense as that headline implies. Now, their "Culture Watch" section on the other hand...

        • So why do you think I'm an idiot?

  • I doubt this would be so useful as a wagering aid. For one thing most sports are broadcast live and for another thing should you actually do so successfully and somebody caught you, that'd be illegal.

    • Of course if I read further down it would be obvious that this wasn't talking about a net attachment.

    • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )

      Actually there's a not insignificant delay with all live broadcast sports. This used to be easily verifiable by taking a small, battery powered, portable TV to a game, but now you need one that has an ATSC tuner.

      • You misunderstood. I was saying that you couldn't do it for that reason. I thought that it was a service to show things like the office a bit early. Which now that I think of it would be brilliant.

        But I guess they were pranking about seeing things before they happen.

        Historically it definitely was something that you could do. My dad knew somebody way back that would cheat in a similar fashion.

    • Well then don't use it for wagers. I could care less about sports betting - I'll use one to watch the next season-and-a-half of Lost. And maybe catch the new Star Trek movie afterward. It's gotta be on "SyFy" sometime in a couple years!

      Now if only I can find the $$$ needed for it...

    • by fm6 ( 162816 )

      If the wrong people [] caught you, it being illegal would be the least of your problems.

  • So far, only Gmail Autopilot has managed to impress me.
  • The bad news is that, due to the processing overhead of the prefetch routines, activating the 30-second-skip hack actually s l o w s d o w n the playback for 30 seconds.
  • They've only got a single unit showing content 58 seconds into the future. I've watched 20 minutes into the future back in 1987 using only a VCR.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Swizec ( 978239 )
      In a lot of Europe we can watch american broadcasts several years in advance with a simple broadband internet connection.
      • Can you please tune to CNBC and DVR the stock ticker for me tomorrow afternoon? I want recession spoilers.

        • by ben0207 ( 845105 )

          I did as you asked. Not sure how you're going to act on it though:


          The finiancial reports have been getting a little melodramatic recently.

    • by mikael ( 484 )

      When the more senior relatives in my family first tried to navigate the satellite-TV menu's, they kept moving to the night time section of the TV schedule and tried to watch the late-night news roundup.

  • So this is like .PAR2 files for television? If I have all but one episode of a television series, can I use those to recreate the missing episode? That would be awesome!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
    Colonel: Now. You're looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.
    Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
    Colonel: We passed it.
    Dark Helmet: When?
    Colonel: Just now. We're at now now.
    Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
    Colonel: When?
    Dark Helmet: Now.
    Colonel: Now?
    Dark Helmet: Now.
    Colonel: I can't.
    Dark Helmet: Why?
    Colonel: We missed it.
    Dark Helmet: When?
    Colonel: Just now.
    Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
    Colonel: Soon.

    • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @06:14PM (#27424479)

      Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
      Colonel Sandurz: When?
      Dark Helmet: Now.
      Colonel Sandurz: Now?
      Dark Helmet: Now!

      Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
      Colonel Sandurz: When?
      Dark Helmet: Now.
      Colonel Sandurz: Now?
      Dark Helmet: Now!

      Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
      Colonel Sandurz: When?
      Dark Helmet: Now.
      Colonel Sandurz: Now?
      Dark Helmet: Now!

      Announcer: [V.O.] With TiVo, you can play with live TV.

      Colonel Sandurz: Now?
      Dark Helmet: Now!

  • by truthsearch ( 249536 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @06:06PM (#27424393) Homepage Journal

    Colonel Sandurz: Try here. Stop.
    Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
    Colonel Sandurz: Now. You're looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.
    Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
    Colonel Sandurz: We passed it.
    Dark Helmet: When?
    Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We're at now now.
    Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
    Colonel Sandurz: When?
    Dark Helmet: Now.
    Colonel Sandurz: Now?
    Dark Helmet: Now.
    Colonel Sandurz: I can't.
    Dark Helmet: Why?
    Colonel Sandurz: We missed it.
    Dark Helmet: When?
    Colonel Sandurz: Just now.
    Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
    Colonel Sandurz: Soon.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If you fail to keep your service paid up, they have the right to go back in time and kill your parents.

  • Sorry, but this just sounds incredibly stupid.. a feature I (and probably 99% of people) would NEVER use on my TiVo.

    I do wish they would concentrate on features that matter. Instead of worrying about 30 seconds in the future, why not plan for months or years in the future..... For example, why is it that I can't backup my programming of my TiVo HD to a USB drive? Like many customers, I have spent many, many hours customizing channels, season passes, ratings, searches, and other settings. When the hard dr

    • What's to stop you pulling the hard drive out and making a backup?

      • >What's to stop you pulling the hard drive out and making a backup?


        1) That would void the warranty
        2) It is not easy
        3) It requires a large drive
        4) It would take forever, because it is not backing up just the settings
        5) It can't be used to restore settings to another TiVo because of DRM & serial numbers
        6) It requires taking the system down

        I am sure there are lots of other reasons I didn't think of right now...

        I want to plug in a USB key (prob 1GB or larger is enough), click a few buttons on the

        • If you turn on some of the net features, apparently some of your data is backed up. Yes, vague reference, but I've seen people on tivocommunity talk about season passes 'coming back' after replacing a broken Tivo. (You have to turn on the features because otherwise it would be a privacy violation, and people freak out about that... No need to tangent about "they already get completely anonymous info" from your Tivos.)

          Anyway, the warranty is pretty darn short anyway.

          You can download your *recordings* over

  • ...I want it to super-advance stock market tape on CNBC.
  • Anybody else think that as soon as we turn on the first time traveling machine a shit-ton of people are gonna immediately show up and ask to be taken to our leader?
  • by cpuh0g ( 839926 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @06:13PM (#27424471)
    I want to super advance to tomorrow so I don't see any more April Fool stories.
  • To be honest these posts are getting a bit shit now.
  • I have a little mini TV in the other room that is only used sometimes. Once time, I had the TV on in both rooms, and I noticed that the high-def feed had a constant six-second delay versus the standard-def feed on the mini TV.
  • by krou ( 1027572 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @06:17PM (#27424505)

    Spaceballs got there ages ago [].

    Lord helmet: Have you found them yet?
    Corporal :No, Lord Helmet, they're still not on the scanner.
    Lord Helmet: Well, keep looking for them.
    Colonel Sanders: Pardon me sir, I have an idea. Corporal, get me the video cassette of Spaceballs the Movie.
    Corporal: Yes, sir.
    Lord Helmet: Colonel Sanders, may I speak with you please?
    Colonel Sanders: Yes, sir.
    Lord Helmet: How can there be a cassette of Spaceballs the Movie? We're still in the middle of making it!
    Colonel Sanders: That's true sir, but there's been a new break through in home video marketing.
    Lord Helmet: There has?
    Colonel Sanders: Yes, instant cassettes, they're out in stores before the movie is even finished.
    Lord Helmet: Nah...

  • I thought this crap ended at noon?

    • by tepples ( 727027 )
      Noon in which time zone? The Internet is global. Besides, an AFD story published on its own web site before noon still has to wait through Slashdot's queue.
      • by Shabbs ( 11692 )

        True. Clearly EST is the ONLY time zone that matters... ;) Heh heh.

        I remember last year they started pouring in a couple of hours before midnight EST.

        This year they seemed to lag quite a bit.

        Meh. It is what it is.

    • by eball ( 1315601 )
      We all wish. April 1st is the only thing in the world that makes me miss pre-internet days. Back then, April Fools Day was limited to jokes within the realm of "They removed 'gullible' from the dictionary." Now it's just a huge waste of time, with false news and dumb gimmicks all day long. I really hope the Internet, in its entirety, grows out of this soon.
    • It's not noon yet in some obscure island of Micronesia.

      (where they probably don't even do April Fools...)

  • I for one would be willing to pay a huge sum of money to record shows at an inferior quality so I can view them at my convenience, probably after the normal broadcast date.
  • The current run of slashdot articles is reminiscient of having a drunk wino santa puking all over you during a date on christmas.

    You're seriously killing the mood. Either put some actual effort into it, or give up.

  • Somebody please link an article with more technical detail. I'm guessing that it involves a special circuit manufactured using Thiotimoline.

  • I live in the Mountain Time Zone, so everything broadcast on the east coast is tape-delayed one hour. So if Tivo could live-stream east-coast TV, this could actually be possible for me. It would work even better on the west coast.

    But I'm guessing they won't actually do that. :(

  • Ha Ha suckerZ! I was pre approved for the SuperAdvanced DiscoverCard - "the card that actually pays U late fees" and used it to pre-advance purchase the DVR-SuperAdvance HD! U foolz will still be watching the office season 12 in standard definition where you will barely even be able to see the subtle details in Steve Correls wrinkled face that make the situational humour work while I'm watching Top Model 2021 where I can make out each sulcus of Tyra Bank's petrified brain in a jar as it passes jealous j

  • I bet this story is hilarious... if you're five.

    I hate April 1 - being in Australia I have to suffer this bullshit for TWO days instead of one.

  • I was able to download season premieres before they were broadcast.

"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982