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How TiVo Works

In 1997, TiVo promised its customers that they wouldn't have to worry about television schedules or learn to program their VCRs. Learn how the typical TiVo set works and what services TiVo provides.

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  • Are DVDs becoming obsolete?

    Are DVDs becoming obsolete?

    You've been so busy watching movies and TV shows on demand or by streaming them online that you haven't given the lowly DVD a second thought. But this once-hot form of physical media isn't dead yet. See more »

  • How are movies stored on DVD discs?

    How are movies stored on DVD discs?

    Even though the storage capacity of a DVD is huge, the uncompressed video data of a full-length movie would never fit on a DVD. In order to fit a movie on a DVD, you need video compression. See more »

  • How Chromecast Works

    How Chromecast Works

    Chromecast is a tiny TV dongle that promises to bring you streaming media controlled via your mobile device. Can it compete with the rest of the streaming media market? See more »

  • How does copy protection on a video tape work?

    How does copy protection on a video tape work?

    How do VHS tapes prevent you from bootlegging a copy of a movie? Find out here! See more »

  • How DVD Players Work

    How DVD Players Work

    DVD players are exceptionally precise pieces of equipment. See how DVD players work, including information on DVD drives, outputs and more. See more »

  • How DVDs Work

    How DVDs Work

    It wasn't too long ago that VHS tapes dominated the home video market, but now, DVDs have all but wiped them out. Learn how a DVD player reads a disc, see what to look for when buying a player, and read up on a little DVD history. See more »

  • How DVR Works

    How DVR Works

    Digital video recorders may be the future of television. If you've heard the DVR catchphrase -- "Pause live TV!" -- you may be wondering just how this is accomplished. Learn all about digital video recorders. See more »

  • How Flexplay DVDs Work

    How Flexplay DVDs Work

    The EZ-D DVD is a disc that automatically blanks itself after a certain period of time. It's a movie rental that takes late fees and return trips to the video store out of the picture. Check out the science at work. See more »

  • How LCD Projectors Work

    How LCD Projectors Work

    So you're having a rager and thought playing movies on the side of the house would be awesome. You're going to need an LCD projector. See more »

  • How Netflix Works

    How Netflix Works

    The Netflix red envelope has become a staple in the home entertainment market. How did this DVD and streaming entertainment service get started, and what's next? See more »

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