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Wherefore Art Thou, TiVo?

Wherefore Art Thou, TiVo?

Early last year and late in 2009, tech fiends were debating the best product to come out in the first decade of the new millenium. My answer was decisive: TiVo. Not just the DVR in general, I mean, specifically, TiVo. I love TiVo. Tech friends, always quick to correct technical errors, would point out that TiVo actually appeared in 1999, but they did not have to tell me that. I owned one in 1999. I might have been TiVo’s best customer of all time. But this month I shut off my TiVo service and switched to something different.

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TiVo simplifies subs (by axing cheapest plans)

TiVo simplifies subs (by axing cheapest plans)

I have never used a TiVo DVR, but I have been enamored with some of the features that the TiVo offers that my DirecTV DVR lacks. The main reason I have never stepped into the TiVo world is that the service and hardware is just overpriced in my book. I'm not going to buy your DVR, pay you for monthly service and then pay the cable company for service too. That hardly makes sense to me and I bet lots of people are the same way.

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TiVo, Dish Network, EchoStar announce settlement of patent suit

TiVo, Dish Network, EchoStar announce settlement of patent suit

The patent dispute between Dish Network, TiVo, and EchoStar has been raging on for a while now. The last time we spoke about the suit was in late April when the court presiding over the case ruled in TiVo's favor. The ruling to disable offending devices was split 7-5 in favor of disabling. To avoid many potentially angry customers EchoStar and Dish Network has settled the litigation with TiVo, and the settlement was certainly not cheap for them.

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DISH Network And EchoStar Respond After Court Rules In Favor Of TiVo

DISH Network And EchoStar Respond After Court Rules In Favor Of TiVo

DISH Network and EchoStar have issued a statement regarding the recent ruling from the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals in their legal battle with TiVo over technology patent infringement. The battle has been ongoing since 2004 with rejected appeals and small victories along the way for DISH Network and EchoStar. The Federal Circuit ruled today that it has unanimously vacated a previous district court’s contempt ruling but has a 7-5 split decision on the court's ruling regarding disablement of subject devices.

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Tivo Third Tuner Live

Tivo Third Tuner Live

We have official word via the Tivo Community Forum that Tivo has activated Third Tuner. The update was included with a software upgrade and "various small fixes", according to Alex Green, Exective Director, Commercial, TV & Online at Tivo. Read on to find out more about the update.

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Best Buy HDTV with TiVo may be in testing right now

Best Buy HDTV with TiVo may be in testing right now

Smart TVs and connected TVs are doing pretty well it the market right now. These sets give users access to web content on their TV without needing a new box or other device. Typically, you can stream things like Netflix and other online content with most connected TVs.

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TiVo Hulu Plus trials starting; iPad streaming a possibility

TiVo Hulu Plus trials starting; iPad streaming a possibility

TiVo is reportedly readying to bring Hulu Plus to its DVRs, with a TiVo Premiere owner claiming to have been invited to join a field trial of the new service. Meanwhile, according to Engadget's sources, a customer survey sent to other TiVo subscribers suggests the company is considering iPad streaming functionality as well.

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Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

DISH Network has scored a victory in it's legal struggle against TIVO.  A judge has ruled that since the field is densely populated with DVRs competiting with TIVO, that DISH has a legal right to re-examine original decisions that now seem mute.  But does that really mean it's all over but the shouting?

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TiVo and Charter partner on cable/IPTV hybrid

TiVo and Charter partner on cable/IPTV hybrid

TiVo and Charter Communications have announced plans for a next-gen TV system, which will bundle traditional cable and IPTV services. On offer later in 2011, the system will begin with the TiVo Premiere DVR - including the companion iPad app - and then be followed with multi-room playback and non-DVR receivers.

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TiVo Premiere for iPad remote app now available

TiVo Premiere for iPad remote app now available

TiVo has released its TiVo Premiere for iPad remote control app, a free download [iTunes link] which turns your iOS slate into not only a remote but an EPG guide and recording management station. The app also packs integration with Facebook and Twitter, for easier commenting on broadcast shows.

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TiVo iPad app due before end of January 2011

TiVo iPad app due before end of January 2011

TiVo's iPad app is expected to be released sometime before the end of the month, according to the company's VP of user experience. Announced back in November, the app will allow TiVo owners to control recordings and live TV, browse an on-screen program guide, set up schedules and use social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

Another stumbling block on the path to all-content multimedia enlightenment in a single STB has presented itself, with rights holders taking umbrage with TiVo DVRs supplied by cable companies. According to Suddenlink - though the limitation also stands for Cox and RCN - rights holders aren't willing to see streaming and VOD content on the same cable-powered device; that means that, while Hulu Plus is expected to launch on TiVo STBs soon, it will only be available for those bought at retail, not supplied by cable companies

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