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Story from CNet's News.com:
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    The software, Yahoo Go for TV, is free to download. After the software is installed, people plug their computer into their television's video and audio input connections. The computer can then record and play back shows on the TV just like with a standalone DVR. Consumers can also play DVDs, music, photos or other downloaded content.

    The cost of a few cables and TV tuner card, in comparison with the hundreds of dollars being shelled out for DVD players or DVRs, could lure consumers away from DVR competitors like TiVo. And many industry leaders see TV-computer combinations as the portal for reaching consumers.


If anybody decides to try this, I would be interested to hear more about it. The story also mentions that Windows Media Center is outselling standard XP. Is the PC-based DVR going to slay standalone DVR's? I'll feel pretty sheepish with all I shelled out for a TiVo if that becomes the case in the next couple of years or so. If it happens after that point, I think I'll have gotten my worth out of the TiVo and I won't feel so bad....



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ANOTHER Windows-only solution. Where's the Mac Slingbox, already?



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I think the TiVo is a better option for a few reasons.


#1) Noise.

#2) Ease of use. Anyone can figure out what to do with a TiVo in 2 minutes. All of my PC based DVR experiments have been horrible failures.

I have a computer with XP Media center and a tuner sitting on a UPS truck though, and I need to go track it down.



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Isn't there some Yahoo software on TiVo? Links to stuff like Launchcast, I believe. I guess it won't be around much longer.

If I'm reading the articles right, the updated listings are free, unlike TiVo. I don't think specifically PC-based DVRs are going to kill TiVo, but cheaper (or seemingly cheaper) options will; this would be free (+ ads or something, surely), and cable company DVRs are cheaper per month.

I may download it and play it this weekend; I don't really like XP Media Center.



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Just saw this in my inbox - here's a pretty good deal on a TV tuner (USB 2.0) for $29.99. I've bought from these guys before and always been happy. I've actually been thinking about getting an affiliate link with them - let me know if you guys like the site and I'll think about it again.

http://www.surpluscomputers.com/store/main.aspx?p=ItemDetail&item=CRD10795

I think this would work with the Yahoo! software, but I'm not sure.

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