A New Meaning To The Way We Perceive Television

TiVo is a consumer video device that allows end users to capture their favorite television programs to an internal hard drive. Since its introduction in 1999, TiVo has attracted an ever-growing number of clients. Although TiVo is, in fact, very similar to video recorders, the technologies it employs are complex and sophisticated, allowing more freedom of choice and better selections to be made by the user. The device not only records the programs that the user specifies but also presents other related material that is of potential interest.

All the information is stored on a non-removable hard drive, which offers plenty of space. You can record up to 140 hours on your TiVo, selecting the exact programs that you are interested in. The box then does its job recording everything you wanted while you are ?out living life?, as TiVo makers state. Additional features include the fact that you can pause a live show being recorded and replay it. The user also has the option of ?time shifting? a program ? viewing it without waiting for the recording to complete. Another useful feature is the slow motion mode, which enables you to watch that favorite sports scene over and over in great detail. You also have the option of searching a show by title, actor, genre or keyword, bringing the TiVo experience closer to the realm of the World Wide Web. And speaking of the Internet, you can set up the recordings on line as well. The device was quickly accepted by viewers in USA and Great Britain, where this service is available. Today the company has around 5 million subscribers in America for its Tivo service.

The TiVo box is easy to set up and works with antenna, cable, digital cable, satellite or any other combinations. You also need to activate the TiVo service, which enables you usage of the box and grants you access to all the device?s features. TiVo?s creators were TiVo Inc., a company started by Time Warner?s Full Service Network and Silicon Graphics. To find out more about TiVo go to their website at .

There is no doubt Tivo has expanded the arrey of choice of entertainment in the American living room. It has been a great addition, especially for the busy way of American life as it has given them an added way to organise their living.

The Enigma of Classic Movies

The word “classic” is simple, yet beguiling. It is broad enough to accommodate certain prejudices while it comes to defining movies. There are a few phrases we often associate with this terminology.Thosewho watch classic movies use it to indicate famous, long-standing movies while others refer to movies exemplifying extraordinary qualities as classic. Setting apart the common, time-honoured predispositions, classic movies have barely anything to do with any particular time-frame. Instead, eminent film critics are of the opinion that classic movies are those that employ some enthralling storytelling techniques that derive a lot of its connotation from the audience’s imagination. As a result a group of people who watch classic movies together derive different significance of it depending from their age, mind-set and experience in life, hence the word “classic”.

Given below is a list of all-time favourite must watch classic moviesin one’s lifetime.

Gone with the Wind- The 238 minutes movie has the days of Civil War and Reconstruction blend in the milieu against which it depicts a tempestuous love story of a roguish man and a manipulative woman. Stroke of genius in the casting, director Victor Fleming provides his audience with marvellous and immaculate production, and spectacular filmmaking with unforgettable Max Steiner score. Critics opines that it is “certainly the best if not the greatest movie of all times. Long but not over-long insofar as viewing is concerned. Faithful adaptation of the novel of the same name commands viewing respect even today.”

Casablanca- The movie is set in occupied Africa in those gruesome times World Word II in the midst of which an American emigrant encounters a former lover with unanticipated hitches. The 1942 classic is a 102 minutes film with Michael Curtiz as the director. The cast includes a lovely Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, and the unforgettable, corrupt Claude Rains.

For Whom the Bell Tolls- A journey to lovey, uncovered, against the milieu of Spanish Civil War. It so happens that an American, who is akin with the Republicans, meets with love in the middle of a desperate and dangerous mission of blowing up a bridge. The 107 minutes movie has Sam Wood as its director. It is anoutstandingtribute to Ernest Hemingway’s novel in the hands of Gary Cooper, Katrina Paxinou and Ingrid Bergman. “Beautifully photographed in color on location and a haunting score from Victor Young make this, a must see classic. ”

The definition of classic movies remains ambiguous and subjective to this day. Yet, according to common norms they are mesmeric films that can be watched time and again, at different levels, in different time and age to derive a completely new significance and understanding each time. These movies live on, not for potent graphic action scenes or flashy editing, but for simulating characterization and compelling storyline, not to mention the snappy dialogue and high production values. Movies like Pride and Prejudice, an adaption of Jane Austen’s novel, The Tale of Two Cities (based on Dickens’ novel), and The Adventures of Robin Hood makes a value contribution to the list of such movies.