Live television sucks. We prefer recording our favorite shows and watching them when we're good and ready. Thanks to digital video records, we're able to do that. Introduced by TiVo and ReplayTV at the '98 Consumer Electronics Show, these set-top boxes allowed users to watch TV on their on terms—which, of course, pissed off big-money advertisers because they felt people would not see their commercials. They were right. We can't remember the last commercial we watched in its entirety.

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