TiVo’s Video On Demand Matures, Sort Of

TiVo is moving beyond short advertising clips (see Navy football and CNET) into feature length films. While the Netflix deal may have died, TiVo seems to be pressing forward with acquiring content and building out their movie distribution technology. The new trial involves requesting the 96 minute Chinese film Red Trousers by entering your email … Read more

TiVo’s CNET Content Downloads

CNET on TiVo

TiVo’s latest opt-in content downloads are a series of weekly 15 minute product reviews during the holiday season. I find this material far more compelling than the random Navy football clips last month. This seems to be a win-win situation for TiVo: another method of generating advertising revenue while hopefully entertaining us subscribers. As with other recent TiVo innovations, this is limited to networked Series 2 models.

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Harmony 360 For Xbox

Logitech has revealed a Harmony remote customized for the upcoming Xbox 360. The remote carries forward the new form introduced with the Harmony 520, but has added a row of Xbox-specific function keys mapped to X, Y, A, B. The display has also been tweaked with new green backlighting that appears to make text more … Read more

Warner To Offer Free Streaming TV

The era of à la carte content experimentation continues. This week Time Warner jumps into the fray announcing free Internet streaming of select television shows. The catch is shows will contain advertising which can’t be bypassed and episodes don’t appear to be scheduled in a predictable manner. Shows will optionally be offered in higher definition … Read more

TiVo Experiments With Pricing, Hikes Monthly Fee

TiVo continues to experiment with their pricing model. In September they began requiring a one year commitment or face a $150 termination fee when activating a new or used box. Now they’re running a promotion which offers a free low-end TiVo without requiring a rebate. While that sounds appealing, notice that the monthly rate has … Read more

TiVo’s 7.2.1 Priority Request

TiVo has reversed course and is offering a priority request page for those of you with a Series 2 hankering for Overlap Protection and the bug fixes found in 7.2.1. Requests are usually filled the next business day, though it could take up to three days depending on demand. So grab your TSN and head … Read more

TiVo Meets With FCC, Talks CableCARD

I don’t have many details on this yet… Last week TiVo attorney Henry Goldberg and Vice President Matthew Zinn met with the FCC Chariman’s Media Legal Advisor. TiVo says: The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the background and status of the development of cable cards and TiVo’s efforts in that regard.

DirecTV Sells NBC Shows For 99 Cents

How much are you willing to pay for commercial-free TV? How much would you pay to watch that content through a DVR which already let’s you bypass commercials? DirecTV and NBC think you’ll pony up 99 cents a show using their new DVR, available at Best Buy and Circuit City later this month. We’ve definitely … Read more