Your Technology Dec. 28, 1998

A Boob Tube with Brains

Many tech companies would have you believe that heaven is a TV set-top box that lets you surf the Web and send e-mail from the couch. The TiVo box knows better. The new service, available in the next year from some cable operators, lets you pause, rewind or watch regular TV in slow motion--handy during a ball game or when the phone interrupts ER. TiVo will also store up to 20 hours of programming based on your viewing habits. One thing it won't do is skip commercials.

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