Andy sent me over a couple choice bits from the usenet archvie. Here's a discussion of digital video recorders before the launch of ReplayTV:
I love the idea of a tapeless VCR. Would the cost of Replay TV be lower if they produced a VCR-only type unit that did not have the complexity of "taping" while watching (already "taped") delayed TV?
And here's the first mention of ReplayTV or TiVo in usenet (ReplayTV was first):
ReplayTV will do for TV what the browser did for the Internet. It's the browser for TV.-- Marc Andreesen