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‘They Thought It Was Black Magic’: An Oral History of TiVo

How the original DVR paved the way for Netflix and the cord-cutter movement

Tom Roston
OneZero
Published in
21 min readApr 2, 2019

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IIt’s hard to believe, but a scant 20 years have passed since viewers were unshackled from their televisions. For decades, NBC told us Thursday nights were “Must See TV” and ABC insisted it was “TGIF” Friday, so we did as we were told and…

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Tom Roston
OneZero

Culture writer; Author of THE WRITER’S CRUSADE: KURT VONNEGUT AND THE MANY LIVES OF SLAUGHTER-HOUSE FIVE [https://amzn.to/2YSavt0].