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You may have heard the name Tivo in the past but did not really understand what it was. As digital technology improves and becomes more easily accessible, Tivo is becoming a household name. Tivo is a digital video recorder (DVR) manufactured by Tivo, Inc; it debuted in 1999. What makes Tivo different from other home entertainment electronics is that it lets television viewers record any program with the touch of a button. Not only that, it lets viewers pause live TV. This has been a godsend to many people who want to record their favorite television shows, but who often forget to set up their VCRs to do so. The technology behind the Tivo system makes recording these shows much easier than other home entertainment recording methods. In addition, when synced with a home network system, Tivo allows the user to partake in many other advanced features as well. Home networking with Tivo gives users access to advanced search feature options, and lets them download movies and television shows, view personal photos, and even schedule recording over the Internet. Even though Tivo was developed in the United States, its popularity quickly spread. Tivo is now offered in seven other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan. Since Tivo has expanded to other countries, some functions of the system have been suppressed in new models with Cablecards. Tivo still remains to be one of the most popular ways to record and download media content today.