Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I have stepped into the 21st century. That’s right, you are looking at the latest owner of a TiVo device. It is all setup and working and in the few minutes I’ve had to test it (pause live TV, etc.) it is working just as advertised. Not only that, I didn’t need a phone line after all. I simply get the TiVo USB wireless device which connects to my my encrypted wireless network and all programming information, etc. is handled over my high-speed wireless connection.

In addition, the wireless device comes with features that allows me to play back my TiVo’s programs through my laptop computers (or desktop computer) on my network, so I don’t actually have to be sitting in front of the TV to watch TV. I’ve also already set up “Season Passes” for several of the shows I watch (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, House, Studio 60, Gray’s Anatomy and Heroes).

The setup was remarkably easy and intuitive, even though it took a little while. Even the configuration was simple (once I realized I had to use WEP security on my wireless network instead of WPA, which is what I had been using). I’ll post more about it once I’ve had time to actually use it, but I am pretty happy now that I finally have it.

I am no longer a slave to TV schedules!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.