Just as friends with whom you have guilt-free sex are “friends with benefits”, Tivo fits neatly into the “gifts with benefits” category. Get it for the mum in your life – most usefully the one you share a house with – and you, too, will enjoy Australia’s easiest-to-use high definition TV receiver and recorder.
Twin tuners allow you to watch and record simultaneously from the 12 free digital channels currently available, Wish List allows you to search for shows via specific criteria such as favourite actor, and Season Pass lets you automatically record every episode in a series. In addition, Blockbuster delivers a free movie to your net-connected Tivo every week, and with the optional networking package, Tivo delivers the photos and music from the household PC to the big screen and sound system in the living room.
Tivo costs $699, with the home network package adding $199.