High-Tech Toys for Your TV: Secrets of TiVo, Xbox, ReplayTV, by Steve Kovsky

By Steve Kovsky

Take regulate of your electronic front room! Make your TiVO, UltimateTV, XBox or GameCube do your bidding. We allow you to use those computers in sheep's garments to be king of your area (or a minimum of the realm instantly surrounding your recliner). just like the plot from a circa 1950's sci-fi movie, automated look-alikes have surreptitiously changed our VCRs, our online game consoles...even our televisions and stereos. whereas the benefits that those electronic leisure units (DEDs) provide over their analog predecessors are significant - so is the opportunity of sensory and knowledge overload. not like the benign home equipment we grew up with, those new electronic wonders call for even more from us than the easy skill to show them off and on. it is time to take keep an eye on, positioned them via their paces, exhibit them who is boss. The revolution on your dwelling roomThe similar forces that revolutionized the place of work prior to now 25 years are actually at paintings in our houses. The computers in our dens have been simply the forerunners of this laptop revolution. the genuine fireworks are happening within the front room, the place desktops hidden inside of our daily home equipment are poised to remodel the best way we are living. base line: Your days as a sofa potato are numbered. TiVO and UltimateTV - altering how you watch television - endlessly! TiVO and UltimateTV are shaping as much as be the white-hot type in domestic electronics for 2002. The merger of pcs and standard VCRs is going a long way past the superficial merits of pausing and utilising slow-motion and stop-action results to stay tv. examine the total diversity of those flexible machines. selecting the best video game console - it's possible you'll no longer comprehend it, we're amid a slugfest among Nintendo, Sony and the darkish horse, Microsoft. it really is more likely to be a conflict as bloody as any depicted at the video game consoles themselves. evaluate the XBox, GameCube and Playstation2 side-by-side, and choose which console is correct for you. knowing the technical specifications can assist you're making the proper determination. Are you Feeling fortunate? Then, hacking your TiVO or UltimateTV field is simply up your alley!You are actually the grasp of your electronic area. no longer chuffed to allow good sufficient by myself, you are prepared to enterprise into the unknown, looking for own video recording nirvana. Kiss your guaranty see you later as you open up the field and really push the envelope of electronic leisure. unsure the best way to care for the @#%^$@^ rat's nest of cables in the back of your leisure heart? Simmer down, there and permit Steve assist you manage your new TiVO or UltimateTV. when you have just a television and cable field, the setup is a snap, but when you're operating in a cramped area, attempting to run video into the electronic recorder from DirecTV and cable, are looking to run the audio in the course of the stereo receiver and feature every little thing use S-video, although your television has just one S-video jack, chances are you'll want a little support.

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Audio signals must be routed separately using RCA-type analog or optical digital audio cabling. 27 03 6688 CH02 2/20/02 1:56 PM Hi-Tech Toys for Your TV Page 28 S e c r e t s o f T i V o , X b o x ‚ R e p l a y T V, U l t i m a t e T V, a n d M o r e Chapter 2 The next step down from S-video quality is composite video. Designed for audio- and videophiles from the analog world, composite cables are generally bundled into three color-coded strands: • Red for the right audio channel • White for the left channel audio • Yellow for video These wires come with RCA-type male connectors at either end.

4 This odd-looking cable and IR emitter, better known as an IR blaster, came bundled with the DirecTiVo long before the device had learned how to use it to control a VCR. 21 03 6688 CH02 2/20/02 1:55 PM Hi-Tech Toys for Your TV Page 22 S e c r e t s o f T i V o , X b o x ‚ R e p l a y T V, U l t i m a t e T V, a n d M o r e Chapter 2 These are just a few of the short-term enhancements that are in store. What can the video IED platform achieve in the long haul of another 18 months to two years? ) • More useful Web surfing capabilities that mirror the PC-based experience to which most people have become accustomed.

In a sense, it isn’t. You can delay programming just as easily with a VCR, recording a live show and playing it back later at your convenience. You can even use that video playback to zap out commercials and promos, realizing the same time savings described earlier. The big difference comes from adding a hard disk drive to the picture. Unlike a VCR, a hard drive-based video IED can record and play back at the same time. This changes everything. 32 03 6688 CH02 2/20/02 1:56 PM Page 33 I n t e l l i g e n t Te l e v i s i o n — T h e B o o b T u b e W i s e s U p Hi-Tech Toys for Your TV Chapter 2 Consider the prime time TV example.

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