DirecTV partnered with Tivo to produce DVRs for the digital satellite TV services, alongside the UltimateTV. This would become the standard DVR for DirecTV subscribers from 1999 to 2005, when DirecTV introduced their own custom-developed units based on NDS middleware, similar to Sky+ in the UK. The last remaining Tivo DVR was the THR-22.
Typical Tivo units were manufactured by Humax, Sony and Hughes
Tivo channel banner
The channel information banner that shows what is currently being watched, a description of the current show, and icons on the right allow quick access to Tivo features
Tivo uses the thumbs Up/Down rating system for the user to provide feedback about the programs they prefer watching and the ones they prefer to avoid. This influences the Tivo suggestions that the DVR will record.
An iPreview icon, Pressing select or the thumbs up icon takes you to a Tivo Central message advertisement
The main EPG interface, Showing channels in a grid interface
Most of the Tivo menu are straight vertical lists and are easy to navigate with the remote control. You can customize the guide interface and set any additional filters
A list of recorder programs, when they were recorded and the channel they were recorded from
Tivo gives additional options when playing back a program, you can archive to a VCR instead, and you can prevent the Tivo from deleting the program if it needs more space.
DirecTV Tivo was integrated with DirecTV’s pay-per-view services, and movies/events could be recorded to its hard drive
You can add an additional buffer for recording TV programs to prevent them from being cut off in the event it overruns into the next program, similar to PDC (Program Delivery Control)
List of upcoming programs to be recorded
To Do List shows the programs Tivo is about to record as scheduled
You can filter to a specific genre of program
Choosing a channel and listing all the programs broadcast
Setting up a manual recording
Recording history for a show that was deleted.
Tivo will alert you if a program will not be recorded due to a schedule conflict, due to the limited amount of tuners
Tivos Recording history shows what was recorded, anything that didn’t record and what was deleted
Season passes are akin to series links, where the Tivo will record a series of episodes of the same show automatically. You can modify and remove these at any time
Upcoming episodes to be recorded, as part of a season pass
The time bar, shows how long you are into a recording, this appears when you pause, fast forward or rewind during a show.
The search feature, cab be used to find upcoming shows or movies
Wishlist main menu, you can set a Wishlist for a specific actor, and keywords (like the show title), you can then set a season pass to record any program matching that Wishlist keyword.
The results window when searching for a specific actor, any upcoming shows are listed that feature that actor
Again, very similar to the title keywords
Tivo showcases are like interactive apps containing clips that can be downloaded to your Tivo, they also serve as promotions for subscribers