Hacker takes a crack at TiVo

Monday, 2 June 2003, 12:21 AM EST

Raffi Krikorian is an unapologetic TiVo fanatic.

The MIT graduate student and blogger regularly takes apart his two beloved TiVo digital video recorders to soup them up and writes software code that makes the devices do party tricks, like changing the titles of TV shows or downloading weather maps off the Internet.

Now Krikorian is taking his love affair to another level: Amazon.com is currently taking preliminary orders for Krikorian's new book, TiVo Hacks, a guide to 100 popular ways to score more features. The book, which O'Reilly & Associates plans to release late this summer, provides step-by-step directions on everything from how to add storage space to your recorder to how to get a 30-second-skip feature on the remote control.

TiVo spokeswoman Rebecca Baer said she was aware Krikorian was writing the book, but that the company did not have an opinion on it. Ever since the first TiVo hit the market in 1997, people have been breaking into them, she said.

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