TiVo Stream -- which goes on sale today -- allows customers to stream shows recorded on Premiere-series DVRs directly to iPads and iPhones. Huzzah!
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TiVo has struck back against Motorola with counterclaims over patent infringement related to DVR boxes.
The DVR is an endangered species. TiVo, the company that defined the category a decade ago, is on the ropes, and Microsoft has all but declared Media Center a legacy app. A comparison of the two technologies explains why.
Having been largely bumped to the margins as every pay TV provider has offered a DVR set-top box to subscribers, TiVo is thinking big with its forthcoming Premiere Elite set-top box. The question is: How big is it thinking in terms of price?
Best Buy's latest Insignia televisions may look like your Tivo, but they sure won't act like your TiVo.
In the continuing saga of TiVo and its quest to find new markets for its technology, it looks like Best Buy is going to include the company's UI on a couple of upcoming Insignia HDTVs, though ironically those sets will not include DVRs. (You won't be charged a TiVo monthly subscription, however.
In September, it was announced that Hulu Plus would be coming to TiVo Premiere DVR boxes. That won't be the case for TiVo boxes provided by cable companies.
Broadcast networks might not like Google's version of "connected TV," but they might tolerate Comcast's version, which is currently being tested under the code-name "Xcalibur." According to the Wall Street Journal, the cable giant's new set-top box, which combines the usual DVR features with Web features, is being tried out by Comcast customers in August, Georgia.
By popular demand, TiVo has finally introduced an online Season Pass Manager function to its list of Web features.
Cox Communications is breaking from the norm with the announcement that the cable company will start offering TiVo Premiere DVR boxes with full access to Cox's video On Demand service.
While TiVo made its name by popularizing the DVR, its hardware sales have been stunted by pay TV providers baking digital recording into their own set-top boxes. The company has responded by offering its interface, which outclasses most of its cable competition, to other firms (most notably partnering with DirecTV).
TiVo is planning a major event for March 2, and speculation is already running rampant about what the DVR company will be unveiling.In particular, Crunchgear has the usual anonymous tipster who is leaking details like a refreshed user interface that boost the resolution to full HD for its menus.
Microsoft sues TiVo in a move that comes to the defense of AT&T, which is being sued by TiVo.
Trying to avoid the same fate as TiVo, which has mostly lost out to cable and satellite providers' own DVR offerings, Sling Media has unloaded a whole mess of new hardware that takes advantage of its place-shifting Sling technology in the hopes that those same providers will join forces with the company instead of trying to come up with their own solutions to showing content from a set-top box remotely (whether in another room or across the globe).
In theory, CableCards don't seem like a bad idea: Instead of using a set-top box provided by your cable company, you can slide a small card into a device like a PC or TiVo and use that to control your programming options. The first cards were hobbled by their inability to communicate in both directionsable to transmit to the device but not to send signals back from itwhich made features like on-demand viewing unavailable.
TiVo isn't the only company trying to entice people to choose its DVR solution over one you can get bundled with your cable or satellite programming. Moxi is going the extra step with the latest version of its HD DVR, unleashing a new model that incorporate three HD tuners instead of the dual-tuner setup introduced earlier this year (and at which TiVo's HD DVR also maxes out).
It's been a tough slog for TiVo, whose once-innovative DVR ecosystem has been co-opted by cable companies' own DVR services. (Though some offer the TiVo interface for an additional charge.
TiVo alleges AT&T and Verizon are violating three of its DVR patents, in a repeat of the tack it took against Dish/EchoStar.
TiVo said that it is suing AT&T and Verizon over three DVR patents. The complaints seek damages and a permanent injunction.
Being able to watch shows recorded by a DVR on any TV in the house will be the norm in a few years, but today it's still news whenever a device is announced that adds multi-room support to your home video setup. Digeo has tried to crash the DVR party (primarily hosted by your local cable TV provider) with its Moxi unit, which costs quite a bit ($799) but doesn't require you to pay a monthly fee to your TV provider or TiVo for the privilege of recording the shows you want.
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