Amazon have announced the arrival of HD content through their Video on Demand service. Leaked as in development last December, though denied at the time, the service goes live today with HD titles priced at between $3.99 and $4.99. Compatible devices include Series3 TiVo DVRs, Roku's Video Player, Sony's BRAVIA Internet Link and Panasonic VIERACast HDTVs.
After a limited launch in December 2008, the MOXI HD DVR is now generally available, offering 500GB of subscription-free high-definition digital cable recording. The MOXI MR-1500T3 HD supports up to 1080p resolution video, together with images and music plus streaming internet content, with no monthly fees.
With just a few weeks until CES 2009, we've been seeing hints of what tech will be showing its head at the biggest consumer electronics event of the year. Unsurprisingly, netbooks are taking top billing, with MSI confirming three of them. In fact the budget ultraportables are selling so well, they bested the ever-popular iPhone 3G in Summer sales. Acer are sitting pretty in the top spot, with their latest model - a 3G-integrated Aspire One - launching this weekend.
TiVo rolled out a rather interesting aspect to their advertising plan today. In fact, it involves including ads on the Pause Menu. Yes, now even when your show is paused, you will still be bombarded with advertising.
This new advertising will allow people to buy text spots that will be displayed whenever a user pauses live TV or a timeshifted program. The ads are set up to show up during particular shows or when a show possesses a particular keyword in its description.
TiVo says they had to do this, since everyone is fast forwarding through standard commercials these days. I guess they had to get those ads seen somehow. TiVo isn't exactly jumping head first into this pause commercial stuff though. In fact, it is only being rolled out on the Series 2 TiVo boxes for now. There's no word on when they'll be implemented on the newer Series 3 models.
Now we know why TiVo were so keen to deny that Amazon HD rumor: heaven forfend it should over-shadow today's announcement of Netflix SD and HD on the Series3, TiVo HD, or TiVo HD XL DVRs. First promised back in October, the service offers Netflix's 12,000-strong catalog of movies and TV episodes direct to your TiVo, with no premium above the standard $8.99 subscription. A mixture of standard-definition and high-definition titles are available.
Nokia stole much of the limelight this week, with the announcement of the N97 touchscreen QWERTY smartphone. Set to take the crown as flagship N-series device when it hits the market next year, make sure to check out our video preview. Meanwhile, after a few relatively quiet weeks, netbooks and their desk-bound nettop cousins seized headlines, with the HP Mini 1000 getting integrated 3G, Sony's EVDO/HSPA-packing VAIO netbook peeking out courtesy of the FCC, and the first Qualcomm Snapdragon netbook showing its convertible tablet charms.
After a non-functioning HD option appeared on Amazon's On Demand video service for TiVo subscribers, the obvious assumption was that the content provider was planning an imminent launch. Things, however, may not be so clear cut. In a statement made to SlashGear, TiVo are now denying any such launch is planned.
A prematurely added menu item seems to have confirmed that Amazon will be offering high-definition content on TiVo. The new option - which has appeared in the normal Amazon Video On Demand menu - currently does nothing when selected, but presumably it will soon offer a list of titles that can be streamed in HD.
TiVo have launched a mobile site that allows subscribers to program their DVR from any internet-capable cellphone. The TiVo Mobile interface has been formatted for the compact screen sizes available on mobile devices, but still manages to squeeze in listings browsing, searches and record settings, together with the company's own "If you like this..." tool to discover new shows based on your viewing habits.
Forget movies on demand, now it's pizza on demand. Domino's Pizza have made a deal with TiVo to offer broadband-connected subscribers to the DVR service the option to order food direct from their TV screen. As well as a menu option, pizza orders will also be offered as part of Domino adverts, interactive links in sponsored programs, and more.