Good news for Tivo fans stuck in Cable mode. The country largest satellite service provider with 17.1- million subscribers, DIRECTV has announced today that they are teaming up with TIVO to develop a new DIRECTV HD DVR featuring TiVo's recording service. The new TiVo-DirecTV DVR is expected to be available in the second half of 2009. It will support both companies’ features and services but subscriber’s pricing and packaging for the high-definition TiVo-DirecTV product has yet to be determined.
TiVo recently began rolling out its Summer (9.4) software update to its PVR subscribers and, while the company initially kept quiet about it, they have included YouTube video playback. Available to Series 3 and TiVo HD users, the functionality will begin to show up as early as July 18th but it will take 2-3 weeks before all boxes have been updated.
Check out the video of YouTube on TiVo after the cut
After some clever lateral thinking over at the TiVo Community forums there's now a way for users to remotely control their PVR via anything with network access and a telnet client. It's all thanks to Crestron, who worked with TiVo back when the company was developing v9.1 of the set-top box software; they added support for the home automation company's touchscreens and did so in a relatively straightforward way. Telnet into your TiVo using port 31339 and you can use almost forty different commands to input numbers, control channels, set recordings and more.
Check out the video of the system in action after the cut
There was a gentleman who informed Engadget of a notice he received from SlingMedia informing him that the SlingCatcher was not up to Sling Media’s standards. So it has been delayed, Sling didn’t confirm the actual email that was sent, but did sort of confirm that it was going to be delayed citing QA concerns as the cause.
As an owner of a Tivo S3 DVR box, I have concerns regarding the widely-spread Switched Digital Video aka SDV utilized by Cable network to reduce bandwidth usage. TWC around my neighborhood is about to add 11 more HD channels to the lineup but the word on the street is, SDV may be deployed and possibly including with the newer addition of HD channels as well, Crap!.
In order to make it easier and faster for TiVo users to find online content, TiVo subscribers will be able access content from major networks like Comedy Central and Discovery, along with independently produced media like Ask A Ninja, through RSS Feeds. This will work through applying TiVo’s Season Pass function to web video.