Where for art thou Tivo?

By now we've all heard of Tivo, an American television technology that allows you to watch what you want, when you want, rather than being constrained by the timetabling of television networks. But lately, many people have been asking, 'where's our tivo?'

Luckily, there are alternatives for the hemisphere disabled. Although not nearly as convenient as the Tivo service, the Australian alternative consists of a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) with a separate EPG (Electronic Program Guide) subscription service.

A PVR
A PVR

There is only one such free-to-air EPG service provider in Australia, IceTV , who provide you with a program guide for up to a week ahead. This lets users select programs a week in advance, which are dumped to the PVR's hard drive for later viewing.

With a little bit more effort, you can setup your EPG/PVR to be accessible through the internet. That means browsing through the TV guide at work, selecting shows, and watching the recorded shows when you get home. Although there is some effort required to set up such a system. Hopefully this will become more refined with time, and who knows, we may even get an AusTivo service soon for Xmas?

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