When the VCR was first introduced to the public, the television industry reacted with panic. Here was a device that would let people record programs, watch them when they felt like it as opposed to when the programming staff decided they should, and (scariest of all) skip through the commercials!

But the television industry survived, and VCRs are commonplace. Now, a new innovation has come along that makes recording television programs even more convenient: the digital video recorder, or DVR.

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Philips TiVo 30-Hour Personal Video Recorder

There are three predominant DVR types on the market: TiVo, ReplayTV and UltimateTV, with TiVo being the current market leader. In this article, we'll learn all about DVRs and find out what sets them apart from other recording technologies.