President Trump Loves His TiVo

Dave Zatz —  May 11, 2017

Given President Trump’s television pedigree and media preoccupation, it should come as no surprise that he’s a big fan of the DVR. In fact, he cites TiVo by name as one of the greatest inventions of all time (although he doesn’t receive RCN cable). And that’s something we can all agree upon, irrespective of party affiliation.

But for now, Trump is focused on his TV. He watches the screen like a coach going over game tape, studying the opposition, plotting next week’s plays. “This is one of the great inventions of all time—TiVo,” he says as he fast-forwards through the hearing.

Trump’s praise is further notable given the crack marketing team at TiVo that once celebrated Macy’s #dumptrump fallout on Twitter along with their intent to “shut him up” by providing “the world’s biggest mute button.”

Lastly, being a non-partisan blog, let us not forget the Clinton’s similar love of TiVo… and Slingbox.

(Thanks Bijan!)

26 responses to President Trump Loves His TiVo

  1. The comments to this post are going to be amazing.

  2. Yeah, I had debated turning them off … and reserve the right to do so. Hopefully folks will choose to communicate civilly and on-topic, as they usually do here.

  3. Enjoy moderating Dave. ;)

  4. People only seem to lose their minds around here when we debate PlayStation vs Xbox… :)

  5. Tivo is the best dvr, in my opinion. As much as other streamers/dvr’s seem to be, I just haven’t been able to let Tivo go, yet.

  6. John Garrison May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I agree with Robin Cobb. So far the Bolt keeps me happy. One remote for all that I want to watch.


  7. Trump contains multitudes.

    On the same he day he reveals that he (correctly) loves his TiVo™ brand digital video recorder, he issues this quote on a different topic:

    “It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out.”

    There are many possibilities here. The simple, yet wrong, explanation is that Trump is a 70 year old man in poor health suffering from early-onset dementia. The more complex, yet right, explanation is that Trump is the result of an experiment to reanimate Albert Einstein that went horribly, horribly, horribly wrong, and produced a monstrous hybrid destined to wreck devastation upon humanity as revenge for the mere fact of his unnatural existence.

  8. Steve Lunceford May 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I was wondering if I was the only one who caught that when reading the article this morning…

  9. Good for President Trump! I agree that TiVo is wonderful – I just took advantage of the $99 lifetime service transfer to upgrade my Series 2 to a Bolt and am very pleased. I’d like to see apps from the various new streaming options so I’m not so locked into cable, but I’ll still like the Bolt even if that never happens.

  10. I love my tivo roamio, but I know the day is coming when I will probably have to let it go. Actually makes me pretty sad. X1 is not a replacement. A little off topic but Dave where do you see the good ole dvr headed? To the grave in the next few years? With services like Vue and sling tv taking over at some point?

  11. … he says as he fast-forwards through the hearing.

    Spicey needs to teach him about QuickMode.

  12. Love Trump or hate Trump, what I don’t understand is why these idiot companies feel the need to wear their politics on their sleeves. When will they realize that when they do this, they run a very high risk of alienating half of their customer base. Target says hi.

  13. Yep, potentially alienating some of your clientele seems like a questionable marketing strategy… and TiVo’s still poking fun. Here’s the pause screen banner they ran last night.

    Also, they still can’t spell.

  14. Steve Lunceford May 12, 2017 at 8:21 am

    So Gizmodo poked fun of the President’s Love for outdated tech like TiVo, whose features are available on any smart TV, apparently:

  15. Replay was better in the beginning (if conflict, schedule on another unit automatically, plus live buffer only limited by drive capacity, plus automatic commercial skip)

    But I had to switch to Tivo (dual tuner, then HD/Cablecard support)

    Another 5 years or so and I’ll replace my base Roamio Tivos with something that supports ATSC 3.0 – my guess right now is that it’s likely it won’t be another Tivo.

  16. I don’t like it.
    The interface is confusing.
    It’s sloowwww.
    It’s always trying to sell me something.
    When I turn on the TV (DVR) I want to see what’s in TV, no Tivo’s video club offerings (I have it from Vodafone).

  17. Have tivo when it first came on the market…love it…best invention ever.

  18. Bill, yep I owned Replay before I owned TiVo for a number of reasons… top was probably dvarchive to get video onto PocketPC for my subway commute.

    João, In the US, we have the option to buy our own TiVo hardware from Best Buy, Amazon, and such. The TiVo experience provided by cable partners like Vodafone, Virgin, etc generally a built upon different hardware and features are often driven by the cable company vs TiVo themselves.

  19. “So Gizmodo poked fun of the President’s Love for outdated tech like TiVo, whose features are available on any smart TV, apparently”

    Yeah. That is pretty ignorant.

    I think the writer started off just wanting to make fun of of Trump’s “digital” quote, just as I did upthread, but then got over his skis and started writing about something he had zero knowledge about…

  20. Probably he’s using “tivo” generically to refer to whatever dvr.

  21. “Tivo, the Kleenex of DVRs…”

  22. I really wonder if anyone has validated that he actually has Tivo brand DVRs. I got my S1 in 1999 and in the early years the generic Tivo was thrown around alot talking about cable co DVRs. But now, alot of people don’t even know what Tivo is, so to use the name means you actually have it or are still stuck with the generic term..

  23. Are we sure it was a tivo and not just saying “tivo” as a verb? In the one picture that Time showed of the president using the unit in question, it looked more like one of the WHITE DIRECTV remotes.

  24. I still love the TiVo for recording and watching my shows. But I gave up on them for my video apps. There are still only two UHD apps on the Bolt. And I’ve been using Bolts since October 2015. I only use the Pandora app on the Bolt now. And I doubt I would ever go back to using any video apps since many other devices have far surpassed what apps are available on TiVos.

  25. On TCF, somebody figured out that it’s the DirecTV DVR. He’s using TiVo’s brand incorrectly. Not really surprising.

  26. Are you trying to turn me against my TiVo’s