Remotely controlling your TiVo from a BlackBerry has been possible for a while now - thanks to the mobile web interface - but now there's a specific app that aims to make it even easier. TiVo for BlackBerry Smartphones is available free from the App World, and has browse, search and scheduling functionality, together with "Daily Picks" and "Most Popular" categories.
This is a follow up note to some folks who work in Redmond (it's OK for the rest of you to read it if you want to).
Hi guys. How are you doing these days? There's no doubt that you must be frustrated. Really frustrated. After all, you were in digital music long before Apple, had cool phones that played music long before Apple and in general had a pretty compelling story for the digital consumer that was very complete, but no one paid a whole lot of attention. There were WMA players on the market long before iPod. In fact, Microsoft might have been dominant in digital music if it weren't for that pesky iPod and iTunes combo. You've taken some hard hits, I remember when Apple introduced a flash memory music player, removed features and had customers waiting 2-4 weeks to get one. Gladly waiting I might add and ignoring all those other devices your partners brought to market. Yep, it's been a tough few years.
The United States District Court in the Eastern Division of Texas is becoming a very common place for major corporations to file patent infringement suits against other companies. The glut of suits filed here is due to the judge's previous pro-patent holder rulings.
TiVo have pushed back their DirecTV TiVo DVR plans to early 2010, rather than the second-half of 2009 as originally suggested. Revealed in the company's quarterly financial call - in which TiVo confirmed that they had made a net loss of $4.1m in the three month period - no official reason for the delay was given.
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.