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Virgin Media cheapo TiVo available today for £50

Cheapo TiVo is here. Virgin Media's new budget version of the TiVo personal video recorder is available today, learning your taste in telly and recording stuff it thinks you'll like for just £50 upfront.

Cheapo TiVo is here. Virgin Media's new budget version of the TiVo personal video recorder is available today, learning your taste in telly and recording stuff it thinks you'll like for just £50 upfront.

The cheaper option looks and performs exactly the same as the more expensive TiVo: it's the same box, but with a different hard drive inside. The cheaper model packs a 500GB hard drive, half the size of the premium TiVo's 1TB memory.

TiVo is the spookily clever set-top box that learns what you like as you record and rate TV programmes, and records stuff it thinks you'll like. It's also packed with clever features like the option to automatically record programmes with your favourite actors in. You can even go back and watch programmes you missed, even if you didn't record them.

Virgin customers who subscribe to the M+ and L telly packages can now get their TiVo on for an extra £8 per month on top of their existing bill. XL customers pay £3 per month extra.

It's only available to existing customers at present, so if you're considering signing up to Virgin Media you won't be able to take advantage of the budget model just yet. New customers will be able to tie up a TiVo sometime "this summer".

The premium model costs £150 to existing customers, or £200 to new customers. But no matter how much you pay upfront for either box, you don't own your TiVo -- you're merely renting it, and Virgin Media can repo your TiVo if you end your contract.

Has TiVo changed your life? Will you be bagging yourself a cheapo TiVo or is it still too pricey for a device you don't even own? Record your TiVo tuppence-worth in the comments or on our Facebook wall.