Netflix is working hard to get its subscription streaming service integrated into set-top boxes for cable and satellite providers around the world. The first agreement Netflix was able to get the place was with Virgin Media in the UK. Netflix is now working to get its streaming service integrated into set-top boxes offered by cable providers in the US.
This week the folks at TiVo Inc. introduced a transition point for the digital video recording universe, that being the movement of TiVo Roamio DVR technologies to a cloud-based system. With this new TiVo Network PVR, users will be able to extend the digital video recording experience they've known - or perhaps have not yet experienced at all - to low-cost IP clients and consumer provided devices. This includes tablets, smartphones, and more - and it means TiVo Network PVR may be deliverable without high-cost TV boxes of the past.
TiVo has announced its latest line of DVRs, the TiVo Roamio, Roamio Plus, and Roamio Pro. All three devices bring to the table a slew of new features and functionality, among them being improvements to the software. This DVR expansion has been a long time coming, with its last major DVR series having been launched a couple of years ago.
TiVo is tipped to be among the potential suitors for Hulu, with the DVR company said to be a rival to DirecTV who, in reports late last week, was described as in "very advanced stages" to acquire the on-demand service. The suggestion, from market intelligence firm StreetAccount, described TiVo's recent share price bump as on "follow-through from speculation on a Hulu acquisition", Zatz Not Funny reports.
TiVo has finally launched the TiVo Mini, its compact streaming box that funnels shows from your 4-tuner Premiere to other TVs in the home. Running over either wired ethernet or MoCA networks - with no WiFi option, at least at this stage - the TiVo Mini comes in at $99.99 (with a service fee sting) and basically takes over one of the Premiere's tuners, prioritizing it for another room.
I remember a time – not long ago in the grand scheme of things – when I had to record my favorite television shows with a VCR. I’d pop in a new tape, set what time I wanted the recording to begin, and barring a power outage, it’d record my show without any trouble. It wasn’t exactly a perfect solution for show recording, but it worked. And at that time, I was happy.
Soon, DVRs entered the marketplace and everything changed. My cable company provided me with a DVR, allowing me to record a show at a given time. Best of all, it was recorded on a hard drive, so I didn’t need to worry about using my tapes. The transition was incredible, and it was something that I thought could never get better.
TiVo is about to get a whole lot better thanks to a partnership with Flingo, who just so happens to be "the world’s largest publisher of Smart TV apps." TiVo users will now have access to even more content, including shows from A&E, History, and Showtime. Plus, Flingo's social sharing features will also be making their way to TiVo users.
The Google/Arris Motorola Home swap was a big gain on both sides, with Google scoring a large stake in the company and Arris landing a significant quantity of patents and licenses. Many had questions regarding the TiVo lawsuit issue, however, wondering what went on behind closed doors that would prompt Arris to take on the burden of potentially astronomical fees in damages for infringement. As it turns out, Arris won't be dealing with most of the financial burden from the TiVo debacle, with Google capping the company's liability.
Spotify's streaming music player has arrived on TiVo Premiere boxes, giving users of the DVR in the US an easy way to access ad-free audio, as long as they have a Premium account. The service joins Pandora, Rhapsody, and other streaming options TiVo offers subscribers, with full search and navigation control through the regular TiVo remote.
UK broadcaster the BBC has launched Connected Red Button, further blending web TV with live broadcasting, and kicking things off with an appearance on Virgin Media TiVo boxes. The new service redresses existing BBC internet TV features like iPlayer, BBC News, Sport, Weather, and other content including local, into a new interface suited for big-screen browsing, and in a curated fashion which the BBC claims will cut down on choice-overload.
UK broadband and home entertainment provider Virgin TV has launched a new streaming service for desktop browsers and smartphones, Virgin TV Anywhere, including remote control over their TiVo. The new service is a free extra for Virgin TV customers, and offers a selection of live streaming and on-demand content from Sky, BBC iPlayer, ITV, 4oD, Demand 5, Disney, Nickelodeon, and others. However, the service will only work over WiFi, not 3G connections, and mobile users will have to wait a while for on-demand shows.