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.
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TiVo and Nero have announced today that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, much like the TiVo sitting on top of your living room television, called Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC.Like TiVo's existing TiVo Desktop software, LiquidTV will allow you to transfer shows recorded on other TiVo devices in the home to your PC's hard drive or on an iPod or PSP.
Over the past week I've been trying out the new service from TiVo and Amazon that lets you buy and download TV shows and movies. In this review I relate my experiences with ordering, downloading, and viewing content with the new service. To demonstrate a PC is not required I even used a Wii to order one TV episode.
Deal will let subscribers get videos from Brightcove on their DVRs, which effectively lets select Web sites get onto your TV.
TiVo wants to be the hub for spreading digital content throughout the home. The San Jose, Calif.
The company releases a software upgrade that will allow its TiVo Series2 digital video recorders to tap music files, digital photos and other content stored on a home PC.
Graphics chipmaker Nvidia announced that software for recording TV programs on a PC will now ship with PC graphics cards based on its GeForce4 line of chips. The Personal Cinema software allows PCs equipped with a TV signal to record and replay programs using detailed programming guides available over the Internet. The functions are similar to stand-alone personal video recorder such as the TiVo. --David Becker, Special to ZDNet News
Personal video recorders like TiVo and ReplayTV have changed the way millions of us watch TV. Now there's software that lets you use your PC as a PVR. But it's not quite ready for prime time.
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