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Well, it's not exactly the ideal way to add cash to the coffers, but given TiVo's struggles, they'll take it. A release was put out this week noting that TiVo would soon be taking home $500 million courtesy of Dish Network and EchoStar, who have agreed to pony up half a billion dollars to settle ongoing patent litigation. Under the terms of the settlement, DISH Network and EchoStar agreed to pay TiVo $500 million, including an initial payment of $300 million with the remaining $200 million distributed in six equal annual installments between 2012 and 2017. As part of the deal, TiVo, DISH Network... Read more...
Nothing like a little courtroom drama (or "litigation," as they call it) to get the watercooler talk started, right? Motorola Mobility has just sued TiVo (yeah, TiVo!) for doing the unthinkable: infringing its patents for digital video recorders (DVRs). Ouch. Considering that DVRs are TiVo's bread and butter, it's probably not comfortable to be dealing with accusations like this. The complain was just recently filed, and it notes that Motorola had "acquired its DVR patents through an acquisition of Imedia, which filed for patents in April 1995." The whole thing is pretty complicated; Moto is apparently... Read more...
TiVo's newest unit, the Premiere, has faced its fair share of critics. But TiVo loyalists love their TiVos, and most wouldn't change to a standard DVR for anything. And now, the Premiere is becoming even more attractive if you're also an iPad owner. TiVo has just released an iPad companion application that will make the act of interfacing with your device over Christmas break a lot easier. The new app was announced today and should become available free of charge in the App Store in the coming weeks. The app will let you browse and explore content right on your iPad, and since the app works in... Read more...
Good to see TiVo is still out there listening to consumers and beefing up their services. An online "Season Pass" manager has been a highly requested addition to TiVo's services, and considering that it's one of the few standalone DVR options out there that require a monthly fee, consumers have been eager to push the company to comply with their demands. Today, TiVo has launched an online Season Pass manager, which gives consumers the ability to manage and transfer their Season Pass recordings online. This new feature joins TiVo's online scheduling functionality on tivo.com for browsers and m.tivo.com... Read more...
The Apple TV just started shipping to consumers this week, and there's no way to battle that like adding support for Hulu Plus. That's what has happened with the Roku line of media streamers today, as the company has landed a deal that will make Hulu Plus available on all Roku players. The Hulu Plus channel will be available via subscription to all Roku customers later this fall. This means that Roku now gives access to Hulu Plus, Amazon Video on Demand, MLB.tv, and many more. And yes, Netflix is included too. This nearly makes the Roku line of boxes ready to take over as the entertainment box... Read more...
Well, it's about time. For years now, TiVo has been fighting an interesting problem. They essentially created the DVR service that we know and use today, but they have been struggling forever to make profits and acquire new subscribers. How so? Cable companies were able to duplicate the experience, and although it's not nearly as robust, it's good enough for the vast majority of people. Also, TiVo never had any deals with pay-TV providers, so they were out on their own attempting to upsell people despite regular DVRs being pushed hard by cable companies. It was and is an uphill battle, to say the... Read more...
DVRs are nice, and TiVo units are usually even nicer. But what good is a DVR when there's no room left to record that next critical show? No good at all, we'd say. Western Digital is out to solve your existing "no storage" problem with their new My Book AV DVR Expander, which is essentially an external hard drive tailored to link to a DVR/TiVo and storage extra footage that cannot fit on the unit's internal HDD. The new device has 1TB of space, allowing customers to instantly and seamlessly expand their DVR recording capacity by simply attaching it to their existing DVR. The unit is fully TiVo... Read more...
This is easily one of the most interesting partnerships that we have seen this year in the consumer electronics world, and it's one that most general consumers will overlook. Insignia is the "house brand" at Best Buy, a label of electronics that are generally priced below that of Sony, Sharp, LG, etc. Over the years Insignia has expanded to cover televisions, portable media players, memory accessories, and lots more, but it has remained a brand that hardly anyone took seriously. But now, the most recognized name in the DVR industry is partnering with Insignia, and not only in branding, but in an... Read more...
According to a recent study from Duke University, the use of TiVo and other DVRs hasn’t hurt television advertising or changed consumers’ buying behavior. In fact, Carl Mela, a professor in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, said the ability to fast-forward through commercials has had no effect on buying behavior. Mela also noted that not as many people fast-forward through television commercials as originally thought. Years ago, some people thought that digital video recorders such as a TiVo, which lets users record TV programs and make it easy to fast-forward through commercials,... Read more...
Fresh off a new DVR launch (the Premiere), TiVo is now providing a way for end-users to access Web content and distribute media in the house without the use of an Ethernet cable attached directly to the rear of the box. The solution is a new 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, or more specifically, the Wireless N Network Adapter. It's designed to work with the Premiere, TiVo HD, TiVo Series3 HD or TiVo Series2 dual-tuner DVRs, and will assist in helping consumers "transfer and download broadband content within the home at a faster speed." With the proliferation of high-definition content, the use of 802.11n... Read more...
If you thought TiVo or your DVR was cool, you're going to love this. SnapStream has put together a DVR that's capable of recording 50 channels at the same time onto over 100TB of storage. The company is touting this unnamed beast as the "world's largest DVR," and we're inclined to believe them. After all, the storage capacity is equivalent to 326 TiVo Premier boxes. The unit plugs in with a single coax cable feed from your local cable company and requires two 15amp power plugs and a 10GB Ethernet (or up to 8 bonded 1GB ports) uplink. The unit takes advantage of SnapStream's clustering technology... Read more...
The TiVo. Everyone knows the name, and everyone knows the purpose, but for whatever reason, the name that's associated with "DVR" isn't in too many homes. Many consumers simply opt to grab the DVR that is offered to them by their cable or satellite provider, mostly because it's cheaper on a month-to-month basis, and it's also a lot easier to get setup. A dedicated TiVo box is a separate purchase, and it still requires a monthly fee even after you pay the up-front price of the box itself. TiVo still has legions of dedicated fans who wouldn't use anything else to record their television programs,... Read more...
At first glance, TiVo and Google couldn't be further apart. TiVo is a struggling DVR company that is battling with those cable company-issued boxes in an effort to get folks to use their box instead, while Google is a search and software giant that looks to be peeking into practically every aspect of consumer electronics. But then again, if Google is peeking in everywhere, we guess it's no surprise that it's now dabbling in TiVo's business. In an announcement made this week by the two firms, TiVo and Google have entered into an audience research agreement, whereby "Google will license and integrate... Read more...
Both Blockbuster and TiVo confessed that a partnership was in the works, and now we've finally got the confirmation we so desperately yearn for. Starting right now, TiVo owners (that includes Series2, Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL users) can access Blockbuster's growing library of On Demand films right from their set-top box. No extra boxes required, no going to the movie store--just fire up your TiVo (like you do every night anyway!) and get the renting.The movie streaming service has been a long time coming on TiVo; we've been waiting since the original announcement in March. But now that it's... Read more...
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