Mental_floss Blog » Extreme Home Engineering: How To Build Your Own TiVo
This week: How to build your own TiVo (or, How to never miss an important football game ever again.) Building your own TiVo—or FreeVo, as some call it—is more than a dream. It's more than a trend. It's the new cool way to stick it to The (TiVo) Man while impressing your friends. Make and Wired have published detailed how-tos. There are also several online communities like The Green Button that will help guide you through the tricky parts. For the technology dunces of the world—myself included—I had several friends break down the jargon into simple steps we can all understand. Your mission: To build your own digital video recorder from mail-order parts. The payoff: An integrated entertainment system that records TV programs with no monthly fees. Keep reading for your marching orders... Ingredients 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. "You have to consider WAF (wife acceptance factor -- or HAF if it's the wife doing the installation). Steps 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.