Technology: A Perfect Marriage?

Your TiVo and DVD are about to merge. Here's what to expect

TiVo is a strange phenomenon. While owners adore it with cultlike affection, its loyal-fan base remains relatively small--just 800,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Britain. That's nothing compared to the millions of VCRs out there. But by saving shows digitally to a hard drive--and offering features like Season Pass, which automatically records every episode of, say, Sex and the City--TiVo puts the VCR to shame. Trouble is, customers have been skittish about the subscription fee for TiVo service. So, to gain wider appeal, TiVo is expanding its satellite-TV offerings and teaming up with the superstar of home theater, the DVD.

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