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Midcontinent customers have a new way to watch their favorite shows. The TiVo has made it's way to the state. Midcontinent Communications began offering the service last month. And since it launched, it's been in high demand.

"This device here is called the TiVo Q. And basically, that's the DVR. It works pretty much like the DVRs that we have now. It will record 650-660 hours of standard definition programming, and it will do about 75 hours of high definition programming," says Midcontinent Communications director of regional sale Darrell Wrege.

The TiVo has four tuners, allowing customers to record three programs at once, all while watching another channel of live programming. And the device can connect to other TVs and smart devices.

"This is a stream device. So, if you want to do wireless streaming to your Apple product like an iPad or an iPhone, or an Android device, we would hook this up and that allows wireless streaming," says Wrege.

You can use your iPad as a remote or to watch live television. And with the TiVo app, you can download previously recorded shows to your smart device. So, you can watch your recordings from virtually anywhere.

When you're at home, the interactive menu allows you to search for movies or TV series based on your viewing habits. It even connects to the internet, allowing you to stream music, view online photo albums, or watch YouTube videos on your big screen.

Wrege says the Midcontinent made the switch to provide customers with more options.

"Any customer that has a DVR now can upgrade to this or if someone is calling in as a first time DVR customer, they can go right to the TiVo," says Wrege.

He says there's a little more cost involved for the initial DVR, but depending on how many TVs you have, it could save you money.

And in the future, Wrege says you might be able to set recordings from your smart phone.

TiVos are available to both new and existing customers. They cost about $10 more per month than the previous DVRs.

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