So two years ago Comcast announced that some or all of their DVR boxes would be getting pimped by the people who make TiVo, well, someone finally got one of those boxes. To be more specific a Mr. Steve Garfield in Boston has gotten one of the boxes.
Good news for Tivo customer with Photobucket or Google’s Picasa. You can now access your online web album up to HD resolution (namely 720p, 1080i) on your TIVO S3 or Tivo HD. Other features included sideshows, browsing and sharing with the convenient of Tivo Keywords search. Tivo used to has similar service with Yahoo! Photos but Yahoo ditched it right after acquiring Flickr. The latter choice is not much of an upgrade since Flicker is a much bigger photo sharing service in the industry. It would be nice if we could have all 3 of them.
Thanks to a new deal with Nero, TiVo is well on its way to hitting your PC. Sure, Windows Media Center has done a good job of dominating the DVR on a PC industry for oh so long, but it looks like they are getting some competition from a worthy competitor.
Soon you’ll have your choice of Open Source MythTV (and SageTV), Closed source Windows Media Center, and Closed source (but non-windows) Nero/TiVo TiVo service. I like choices, and the only thing that has kept me from getting a TiVo in the past has been the monthly fees, so, removing those by making me responsible for obtaining the proper hardware, well that’s fine, and I might use the TiVo app on my PC when it comes out.
The fusty cynic in me still baulks at paying a monthly fee for something I could get a decent facsimile of for free, but TiVo's latest deals - supposedly "Holiday Promotions" - do tip the balance a little further in their favour. Previously you could only get the pay-as-you-go deal if you were willing to sign up for a three year contract, but now the $12.95 package is open to everyone. Pre-pay options are rejigged too, with the biggest reduction being $50 off the one-year deal (down to $129) while the two-year is reduced $30 to $249. They're also temporarily bringing back the "lifetime" subscription deal, priced at $399.
The guys over at Engadget HD (you know, the res is so high you can count every hair in their nostrils) have taken pity on everybody confused by the sudden surfeit of high-definition TiVo goodness, and have set about pitting the HD model versus the Series3 in a cage-fight brawl to the death. Well, they've compared them, anyway.
Those of you looking for a cheaper TiVo might just be in luck. That is, if the rumor mill can be trusted. According to the latest rumors, a new slimmed-down “TiVo Lite” could be in the works.
The good news is the feature list for set-top boxes should be increasing. Set-Top boxes should also become consumer electronics devices, sold and marketed to the consumer instead of video service providers.
Essentially the reason for the price hike is the FCC is finally enforcing previous rulings which push for user-marketed boxes, whereas the current market is setup so that the various cable companies select the boxes they want to allow their customers to use and only market those boxes to the consumer.
I love my DVR. It records so many wonderful shows, thus allowing me to watch them later, and skip through all of the commercials. The only complaint that I have with it is the fact that sometimes it runs out of room. Granted, it's probably my fault for setting it to record more shows than I can possibly watch. I keep telling myself I'll have more time one of these days.