As The Cable Show carries on, additional compelling details continue to trickle out. Notably, during MultiChannel’s briefing with TiVo, they have learned that the placeshifting capabilities contained within the upcoming TiVo Stream box will ultimately and natively reside within TiVo DVR hardware. As they should.
Eventually, TiVo expects to embed transcoding features directly into its DVRs, in products to be released in 2013, Klugman said. The company hasn’t divulged what transcoding technology it would use for that.
The TiVo Premiere has been a relatively solid platform, both for retail customers and TiVo’s cable partners. Yet, after something of a rocky launch that didn’t quite meet expectations as the “One Box” and due to the still incomplete high definition user interface (HDUI) 2+ years later, the Premiere could be thought of as TiVo’s Vista. Indeed — I know quite a few folks with TiVo Series 3 and HD DVR hardware on life support just waiting for TiVo’s Windows 7. And, now it’s looking like 2013 will be the year. But who will produce TiVo’s hardware going forward and how much emphasis will the retail market continue to receive?