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TiVo Premiere Could Make An Excellent Holiday Gift, Especially From Us To You!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TiVo. All opinions are 100% mine.

By David Ponce

Without getting into a lengthy diatribe about the tectonic changes the entertainment industry is (and has been for quite some while) going through in order to deliver its product to us, let me just remind you about the impact of just one of these companies: TiVo.  They basically introduced the DVR to market and changed the way we interact with what we watch.  Gotta go pee?  Pause live TV and do it!  Of course, TiVo’s been around some time and the landscape around their pioneering product also changes, so they’ve been hard at work on their latest generation box, the TiVo Premiere.

The TiVo Premiere is a DVR reloaded.  Not only does it connect to your existing cable it also plugs into your Internet, opening the door to a bunch of new possibilities. “[Possibilities] like instant streaming from Netflix, downloads from Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube videos, music from Pandora and much more—all on your HDTV.”  The Premiere is able to record up to 45 hours of (up to) 1080p HD video and is available for $99, when you sign up for a 1-year service plan of $19.99 a month

Except of course if you happen to read OhGizmo!… and have some luck!  See, TiVo is giving a TiVo Premiere box away, with a year’s worth of $20/mo. service.  Below are the essential highlights from the rules, but we’re linking to the full fineprint below.

Rules: 1) Leave ONE comment on this post.  We’re not doing the comment a day on this giveaway. 2) It’s open to legal US residents 18-years of age or older. 3) The sweepstakes begin at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on December 16, 2010 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 23, 2010 (the “sweepstakes period”) 4) This is more of a request of mine: please leave more than “comment!” or “I’m in!” You won’t be disqualified if you don’t, but it makes us editors smile a little when you put in more than an iota of effort into your comments.  These giveaways are, after all, an effort to get you all lurkers to get talking a little more on the site.

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  • http://twitter.com/amys_view Amy Leggett Ware

    Sounds like a sweet machine, indeed!

  • http://twitter.com/amys_view Amy Leggett Ware

    Sounds like a sweet machine, indeed!

  • http://twitter.com/amys_view Amy Leggett Ware

    looks like a sweet machine, indeed

  • http://twitter.com/amys_view Amy Leggett Ware

    looks like a sweet machine, indeed

  • http://twitter.com/kristinahammock Kristina Hammock

    I love this site & I would love to win this! Keep up the good work! =)

  • http://twitter.com/kristinahammock Kristina Hammock

    I love this site & I would love to win this! Keep up the good work! =)

  • http://twitter.com/tsbadorrek Trevor

    As a poor college student who has missed his parent's TiVo over the past four years… I would love this!

  • http://glenpurdy.myopenid.com/ Glen

    Great blog, love reading it.

  • Anonymous

    Cut my life into Pizza.
    This is my plastic fork….

    Add me to the list good sirs or ladies.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/O56W77WCZ5CXKN5VUWDF4TUYKI Skammy

    I'm going to snowboard in a great big blue bear mascot outfit

  • http://www.facebook.com/megazone MZ MegaZone

    I've been a TiVo user since 2002 and I've owned six total – still have two. I haven't picked up a Premiere since the improvements over my Series3 haven't (yet) been enough to entice me. But I certainly wouldn't turn down a free one – it'd let me retire my S2 DVD box too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FSM46GIM6Y3PEV3FQ3LIT7MGZY William Warren

    First discovered TiVo in 2001 when I went to Best Buy hoping to find a way of recording my 20 hours of primetime for a week's trip overseas. Barely got it setup in time! Have never trusted the IR blaster (even now with Sling) and cannot justify paying for hardware, a TiVo service _and_ a Comcast 'box' in the form of a cablecard. But free? Maybe… or maybe I'd gift it along.

  • Anonymous

    TiVo has always been the model by which other DVR’s are compared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390402371 Jeremiah Soria

    I've had TiVo for 10 years, dating all the way back to the Series 1. I'd love to get my hands on this new TiVo! :)

  • http://twitter.com/JeffDS3 Jeffrey S

    Oh TiVo, how do I love you :)

  • srisinger

    You know, I've loved reading OhGizmo! for several years now. I don't comment much, because, frankly, the editors do such a great job of bringing full coverage. Keep it up!

  • http://twitter.com/cljmb Carlos L. Miranda

    I thank you guys for your posts and info. I check it daily and I share it with friends and family all the time.
    Now give me the TIVO!!!
    LOL ;-)

  • sampleinajar

    I have had my series 1 forever. I could use the upgrade. However, I hear Comcast has trouble setting the new one up and that the cable cards don’t work well. Any truth to this?

  • http://twitter.com/VinceA Vince Averello

    I'd love a new TiVo Premier. It would fit well in our network of other TiVos. Thanks Oh Gizmo and thanks to Megazone for pointing me here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robjae Robert Jae

    I was just looking at these, I just find it hard to pay $20 per month. It is just easier to download the shows.

  • http://www.xdreamwalker.com/blog xdreamwalker

    Free upgrade for my TiVo? Yes please! OhGizmo! does great work and we all really do appreciate it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ritter/1491374717 Dan Ritter

    An iota is a Greek letter, similar to the Roman i. The word came to mean “a tiny thing” and is also the source of the term “jot”.

    I prefer winning TiVos to paying for them, but I've been known to do both.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ritter/1491374717 Dan Ritter

    This commenting interface is not too awesome. Please don't count this one.

  • http://twitter.com/pelmel02 pelmel02

    Would love a new TiVo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UZUF4FAENWTQQGOEMHN4XMU6K4 Bryan

    I'd be most appreciative for a new Tivo Premiere.

  • RatedArrrrrr

    I'd love to have one of these. I had one of the series two a few years ago but had to give it up due to a deployment. I'm now using one of Comcast's horrible DVR's that make me want to pull my (non-existent) hair out!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UZUF4FAENWTQQGOEMHN4XMU6K4 Bryan

    I'd be most appreciative for a new Tivo Premiere!

  • http://www.facebook.com/TazWonder Amanda McClellan

    This would be a great gift to me! I love my pandora and it would sound much better out of the tv stereo system rather than my computer system!

  • PHDEarthworm

    Sure are a lot of lurkers out there. You're lucky if you see a single comment on most posts…

  • http://twitter.com/timetherington Tim Etherington

    Here's one comment. I hope I win. Just bought my first LCD TV. Had been analogue till last week. :)

  • AK210

    I wish I can get TiVo and record this site on it!

  • http://twitter.com/Riverdome John Gage

    Found this site from a link on the Tivo FB page. Seems to be a good find, it's now in my list of tech sites to visit. I would love a Tivo Premiere but can't justify the $$, especially given the mixed reviews the current software/firmware has been getting. ~John

  • rabidsquid

    Currently using a Moxi box and satellite unit. Does Netflix through the worthless PlayOn service. This would be much better.

  • http://AnthonyChan.Tumblr.com/ Anthony

    My 3-year old have mastered the remote control of my Time Warner DVR, and he deletes EVERYTHING that do NOT begin with 'MICKEY MOUSE'.

    I would like to win this TiVo so that 1) It's a different kind of remote that he would have to learn (if I even let him touch it this time), and 2) I can put this TiVo in my room and leave the TWC DVR as the dedicated 'cartoon server.'

  • http://twitter.com/spalten Steven Spalten

    I am so ready to dump my crap time warner DVR and would love this great xmas gift to do so!!! Thanks TiVo and ohGizmo!

  • Paul Horton

    I had to cut the cable service but still have internet, I would love to be able to watch streaming movies & TV shows from Netflix.

  • aliencowboy

    This would be great for the holidays and the year to come,
    instant streaming and downloading YES…..
    Good Luck to al!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Evanetich/100000584137494 Mark Evanetich

    I have had older TiVo boxes for years, but recently switched to the DirecTV DVR to get HD. Please, please, please bring me back!!!!

  • MagicWuff

    Can't win if you don't try! :)

  • kolbenson

    All your Tivo are belong to us.

  • http://kimberlyfdr.livejournal.com/ KimberlyFDR

    I don't know how I'd survive without my TiVo. I have a Series 2 version, but it's slowly dying, so I need to replace it :(

  • The_GFC

    Dear Santa Gizmo,

    I would like a Red Rider BB Gun for Christmas. If you think I will shoot my eye out, a TiVo Premiere will do in its place.

    Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/adellecave Anthony DelleCave

    Would love this!

  • jdocmartin

    TiVo rocks, It's better than sox, smarter than a fox, When opportunity knocks tell them TiVi rocks!!

  • jdocmartin

    TiVo rocks, It's better than sox, smarter than a fox, When opportunity knocks tell them TiVi rocks!!

  • http://twitter.com/need_an_iPad Apple Fanboy

    It would be great to replace an old Series 2 unit with this powerhouse. I love TiVo, but just can't afford to spend the money right now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R3LYG3NUMBZ6D5DUJMODAHAF34 TimM

    Been a TiVo customer for nearly 8 years, with an S2, S2DT and HD all still running great – but a Premiere sure would be nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1343437439 Paul Bender

    I have had a TiVo since the Series 1 and now our family has a TiVoHD, and we'd love to upgrade to the Premiere which really looks sweet!

  • resiek

    awesome. I'd loe a Tivo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RG6YOOR2M7GDKNCXUKIOEIO7ZM Jeff

    My first Tivo was a Sony Direct Tv tuner and Tivo unit. I have had 3 more since then, including my current HD. But having a premiere would be awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/cGarst Corey Garst

    I've love a TiVO to replace my terrible Comcast DVR

  • nainra

    Love your site, I check it daily! Go TIVO!!!

  • nainra

    longtime lurker…. go TIVO!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/dhoff david hoffman

    I am embarrassed every day by my parents who still use the VCR for recording programs. We'll be out in public and my mom will say “oh shoot i forgot to switch the tape in the VCR. it's gonna record over 'Desperate Housewives'!” This would save me from that.

  • http://demeny.com GDemeny

    I love your site! You guys always have unique gizmos not found on other gadget sites. Keep up the good work! As for the Tivo, I've never had one but only hear good things about it. It would help me get rid of cable once and for all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GTLBQQLKDLI4EVFLR7EM3VMKDU Karin L.

    I have always wanted a Tivo. This would be a great one to have. Thanks

  • leSenechal

    It's great to see TiVo lurch ahead of the competition with the Premier. I have been trying for the past 2 years to convince my parents to get a TiVo and winning this would make their Christmas truly special (although it has to compete with recent news that they are about to become great-grandparents). Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • jdm0325

    Tivo me likey

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CB534P4XD2IR7JUTRDCBXT73X4 James

    I am partial to TIVO. In fact, I love it. There, I said it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pauleddie Paul Eddie

    I need this to replace my replayTV!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pauleddie Paul Eddie

    I have replayTVs. Tivo to the rescue!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Perry-Schmidt/1175509093 Perry Schmidt

    Have never used a TIVO before. but this contest could change that!!!

  • travm222

    I'm dumping the cable DVR. Not all DVR's are created equal and Tivo is the king.

  • getinet

    we cant stand the standard comcast dvr anymore. please please help up upgrade our tv experience.

  • http://mhaithaca.livejournal.com/ mhaithaca

    Shiny! Thanks for sharing the wealth. I'd love a Premiere so I could use their awesome new iPad app.

  • mandarea

    I've always wondered what it was like to pause TV while I had to pee. It would be great to experience that 1st hand!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2LC3H4DS2NI4PWIBNV7SHSYVLE JeffA

    I've been thinking of cutting the cord in the Spring when my DirecTV contract is up and getting a TiVo. This would be awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/StormCrow42 Scott K. Ellis

    Love my TiVo, but could definitely use a Primiere, my current one is only a series 2.

  • Andy

    Interesting promo from Oh Gizmo & TiVo. Nothing gets users more excited about a product than a free product! So, if I win this, for sure I will pass some good words on this set. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Horton/1501264635 Paul Horton

    I had to cut the cable but I would love to use the Tivo Premiere to watch streaming movies & TV shows via Netflix.

  • Loramora

    Seems like a good Idea! I'd like one!

  • jeffmauch

    I've been putting off tivo and dvr for that matter for a long time. I figure it'll be the end of me to be able to have that kind of control over my tv watching. This might just be a good enough excuse to get into the game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wonderful1too Robert Hoffman

    I never new TIVO was so awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wonderful1too Robert Hoffman

    I never new TIVO was so awesome!

  • mark194

    please leave more than “comment!” or “I’m in!” You won’t be disqualified if you don’t, but it makes us editors smile a little when you put in more than an iota of effort into your comments. These giveaways are, after all, an effort to get you all lurkers to get talking a little more on the site.

  • http://twitter.com/jake_berry Jake Berry

    I've had a TiVo since they launched the DSR6000 in 2000 and have had several version since then. It's a great interface and I still love my HD today. I've been tempted by the premier, as I would like a second box in my house, but to many people have reviewed it as buggy and slow. I'll wait it out I guess.

    I have never been impressed with Tom Rogers as CEO. He really doesn't get the passion the original TiVo owner had. Under his leadership the company has been slow to respond to market competition and seems to wavering on it's business model. TiVo really needs to innovate to stay ahead of the local cable companies and in the same way keep existing customers. The model is falling apart as the Cable companies catch up with features.

  • lottajunk0

    A Tivo might actually make me start using my cable service again instead of just watching everything online… over the internet… that I pay the cable company for…

  • lottajunk0

    A Tivo might actually make me start using my cable service again instead of just watching everything online… over the internet… that I pay the cable company for…

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.camerzell Pete Camerzell

    definitely definitely definitely would not having that handsome piece of equipment to add to my wonderful entertainment system. PICK ME PICK ME!

  • ns3791

    Interesting product. . . jumpin on board with the internet is great. Would love to test it out!

  • techg33k

    been a huge follower and supporter of this site for a long while, you never cease to give away great items and shower us with great articles daily.

  • phwting

    Like to compare the tivo with Win7 media center.

  • http://www.facebook.com/voonying Chong Voon Ying

    smells like a sweet machine, indeed

  • http://twitter.com/iphonesimons Simon Saunders

    hi im a lurker and waana say hello…. hello. thanks for all your hard work on this site i look forward to my lunches at work because of you. :-D keep it up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.mclain Jared McLain

    I would give this a good home.

  • chilepepper

    Comment = iota + 1

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.mclain Jared McLain

    I would give this a good home.

  • mrheist

    I've been largely pacified by my CableBox DVR, but hate how rough around the edges it is. I'd love to see the other side

  • Cullbuster

    Great Site and great prize… I'm in!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ERAG2ACFKNDL7KC2VCS2D2WPE Samantha Shimizu

    love the site, i check it everyday. and now tivo? sweet !

  • http://www.facebook.com/SummerxLynn Summer Lynn LeBel

    I love it! I've been considering one for myself anyways. We have no DVR in our apartment.

  • KingOfCrank

    I want a Tivo pretty bad but I am in the doghouse this year and spent all my money on Jewelry for my wife. Please send help.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5G5R7YLB3CKVS2WOCUUK7AH6S4 Daniel

    I would love to give this too my aunt for Christmas

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5G5R7YLB3CKVS2WOCUUK7AH6S4 Daniel

    I would love to give this gift to my aunt for Christmas

  • MK Hommel

    If I win, I'll donate what I would have paid to Forgotten Harvest, a Michigan-based charity addressing hunger. Thanks, K

  • http://www.i3igd.com Das

    ive never had a tivo before. but this sounds pretty sweet and with the year of service it sounds like something i could use now that i dont have a spare computer for ORB anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/kylecarnahan Kyle Carnahan

    I'm new to HDTV programming as we just got our first – a Samsung UN46C8000 3D TV. I immediately requested HD programming from our cable provider. The monthly cost of their DVR paired with the clunky interface (compaired to Windows 7 Media Center, which we used as a DVR previously) has us without an HD DVR at the moment. I'm looking at options for the future and have been comparing the costs of building a Windows 7 entertainment PC, getting a Tivo Premier, and The Moxi HD DVR. The Tivo is entriguing but I'm scared to take the plunge because of the monthly fee. I already have many on-demand options with the Internet@TV apps on the new TV. I'm also somewhat worried about losing Stars OnDemand through my cable box. Winning this contest would be a guilt-free way to take the Tivo plunge.

  • http://twitter.com/chuckrohrig Chuck Rohrig

    I have wanted to get a TiVo for a long time. My wife and I even make the TiVo go-faster noises when we operate our DVR. We both prefer the UI on TiVo and have just been waiting for the new ones to come out. We do Netflix streaming, love Pandora, and would be great to access youtube on my tv (especially in sharing video clips when we have friends over).

  • Anonymous

    Being able to record to hard drives is much better than having to record to the old style VHS tape over and over again. I wouldn’t mind replacing it.

  • http://noreruns.net Kyle Nolan

    It never hurts to have another DVR in the house–it seems like good shows are at least quadruple booked these days!

  • http://www.facebook.com/reviltwin Rusty Eviltwin

    Could it be? Would this replace my wii? It streams Netflix so easily. I can watch Lost and movies you see. Maybe. Tivo will be recording me.

  • http://twitter.com/dementio Matt Farmer

    Maybe if I had this I'd get better service

  • http://twitter.com/chadmd23 chadmd23

    I would love to send back my just ok FiOS box! I think I might even go for one of these @ $20/mo.

  • MeLikeCake

    Nice

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OMOTJUFKOCV6OYYCGRD3STB4MM Patman

    Sweet! This would be a nice addition to the HDTV…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1156728624 Nathan Jackson

    I would love to have this addition to the entertainment center! I really like how we are moving closer to an actual convergence of digital entertainment all in one location. I will never forget the first time I paused live tv- it was as if I had just seen a xenomorph at the zoo, just breathtaking! Now my kids expect that all TV can be paused anywhere! This is another great move to the future by Tivo and it's refreshing to see. I hope that I get to put it under my Christmas Tree!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Powell/1002372718 Jake Powell

    Definitely would be sweet to get rid of my current dvr…

  • voodooaria

    I had TiVo awhile back and miss it dearly. Would love to win!!!

  • ronoche

    I could increase my TV watching 3 fold with this wonderful machine! I might even cut the cord to my cable company. Gift me, please!

  • rWatcher

    I've been looking for a new DVR, I'd love to win one of those.

  • ryanj983

    this would be the one gift that would save xmas – from the inlaws that is…

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.b.stanford Randy Stanford

    keep it up, thanks, love one

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.signor Benjamin Signor

    Love the site, but i am not going to lie, i have no use for this, but hey if i won it i would sell it :)

  • lfiscal

    I missed the watch giveaway. Would love this!

  • iceman19

    I would love this, tivo is great.

  • kletus

    Help! Please free me from this monstrosity that is the DirecTV DVR! Never has one device caused me so much heartache and frustration. This thing has to be a woman! I will go back to my cable company in a heartbeat if I win this TIVO!

  • kletus

    Help! Please free me from this monstrosity that is the DirecTV DVR! Never has one device caused me so much heartache and frustration. This thing has to be a woman! I will go back to my cable company in a heartbeat if I win this TIVO!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KI4SZNAXVN2XQF4CAKRLNCTFFQ UlyssesC

    Its nice and can do quite a bit im impressed. I heard there were two versions of this there is an XL version, I wonder what makes that one more different?

  • http://twitter.com/anml_styl InO Burger

    found this site via Megazone's tivolovers group on Livejournal…

  • Cullbuster

    Tivo Rocks and so does ohgizmo!