I got a kick out of this post in MediaPost’s TV Board blog. A friend of the post’s author called Comcast about their digital phone service and got a pitch for a DVR. I loved the summary of the conversation:
â€œI donâ€™t need your DVR, I already have a TiVo,â€ she said.
â€œOur DVR is the same as TiVo but it comes free with our service,â€ the sales rep adamantly replied.
â€œOh, really, well I have a lifetime membership with TiVo. Can you log on from any computer and schedule something to record?â€ she retorted.
â€œCan the DVR you offer be networked to my computer?â€
â€œCan I transfer shows between TVs?â€
â€œCan you store whatever you record on the DVR to your computer?â€
â€œCan you convert anything that you have recorded to play on your iPod video?â€
â€œCan you burn anything you have recorded on your DVR onto a DVD?â€
â€œThen I would have to say your DVR is nothing like a TiVo. All yours does is record.â€
â€I guess youâ€™re right, itâ€™s not the same.â€
And that’s not even the half of it when it comes to TiVo’s features. Right on! All TiVos are DVRs, but not all DVRs are TiVos!