TiVo warms to the iPod

TiVo warms to the iPod

Summary: The video iPod isn't the first portable device to play video, but it is an iPod and that seems to make all the difference.  I think it will be a watershed in portable video--finally making it mainstream.

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The video iPod isn't the first portable device to play video, but it is an iPod and that seems to make all the difference.  I think it will be a watershed in portable video--finally making it mainstream.  TiVo apparently can't ignore it either: today they announced that they will add support for creating iPod ready video to their TiVoToGo software.  The new features will also be able to sync TiVo programs with the iPod.  TiVo will also add support for the Sony PSP.  To date, TiVo has only supported portable video players that no one actually owned. 

The new features won't be free.  You'll have to pay TiVo a fee to turn it on to pay for licensing fees, etc.  I'd gladly pay a one-time fee if it made the transfer convenient.  TiVo will also watermark the video (presumably with the unique Media Access Key associated with your TiVo) to trace programs that leak onto the 'Net.  That doesn't bother me either.

DRM represents yet another way to balkanize your experienceWhat does bother me is that in likelihood TiVoToGo won't appear on OS X anytime soon.  Earlier versions of TiVo Desktop ran on the Mac, but newer versions do not--presumably some squabble over competing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) schemes.   DRM represents yet another way to balkanize your experience and make sure devices you own will never work together. 

 I heard a little blurb on Morning Edition driving into my office today that had Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler answering the question: "what will it take to make the PC the center of the entertainment suite in the living room?"  He got the answer half right, talking about how the Internet and Internet video might be what finally makes a living room PC compelling.  What he missed was that DRM has to be a lot less in-your-face and interoperable.  Heck, getting rid of it all together would probably do the track.  My advice: don't hold your breath.

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  • Tivo..

    is fast losing my respect. iPod is, after all, an Apple product. They should support OSX - If I want to use TivoToGo, I have to use a friends WinTel Laptop. Even sending email to Tivo about not purchasing additional Tivo box & service does nothing - Tivo is after the bigger windows market...bah, humbug! Sorry, but I will suffer till I die before I purchase MS products again.
    nomorems
    • Choice

      You have a choice and so does TiVo.

      Seems your choice to be in the exclusive "Club Apple" is exactly what you got.

      The only reason Ipod dominates the market is because they made it work on Windows PCs. So even though Ipod is made by Apple, the plethora of Windows users willing to buy them is what made it successful.
      ibabadur1
      • Good point

        You do have a good point. You really can't live in an Apple-only world at this point. There's nothing wrong with Apple; I love their products. But if you're going to use Apple as your main machine, you've really got to have a Windows PC as well if you want to take advantage of some of these other technologies; I'm speaking from experience.
        anythingbutmine0
        • Or..

          take my approach. If they can't make the mag tires to fit on my Cadillac, I just won't get the mag tires. It does not mean I will start driving a Ford.

          There are many alternative to using Tivo to Go, including getting a DVD burner, an all-in-one package, or drop Tivo and build it myself...but I will wait a little longer to see.

          Bottom line is, no more MS for me and I am confident the business community will wake up to the other system users out there.
          nomorems