Tivo

  • Comcast Xfinity On Demand Coming To TiVo Premiere DVRs

    The end times must be upon us because I never thought I would see Comcast allowing 3rd party set-top boxes to access On Demand. But that’s exactly what’s happening. TiVo and Comcast just announced Xfinity On Demand will soon be available on TiVo Premiere DVRs. The San Francisco Bay Area expected to be the first market with access, but others will follow as the service rolls… Read More

  • DISH And EchoStar Settle Patent Litigation With TiVo, Agree To Pay $500 Million

    DISH Network and EchoStar this morning announced that they’ve agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle all of their ongoing patent litigation with the digital video recorder company. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, DISH and EchoStar will initially cough up $300 million, with the remaining $200 million distributed in six equal annual payments between 2012 and 2017. Read More

  • Is TiVo Working On A 4 Tuner HD DVR?

    TiVo is a fun company to watch mainly because they move at such a slow pace. Updates come on a seemingly yearly basis and new hardware launches with Hally’s Comet. It’s been just over a year since the TiVo Premiere launched and the highly-touted HD interface is still laggy and often reverts to the old SD scheme. So imagine my reaction when Dave Zatz posted an excerpt from a recent… Read More

  • The Five Best Cord Cutting Devices (Plus One Bonus!)

    I hit a nerve. I seriously believe cord cutting is all about alternative services and not the hardware. Clearly others think different. My last post concerning the movement focused on three main areas with hardware only one small portion of the overall post. Why? All roads lead to Netflix and DLNA servers anyway. Nearly every box can run Netflix along with at least a dozen of other… Read More

  • Troller's Gonna Troll: Motorola Sues TiVo Over Patent Infringement

    Motorola is suing TiVo over their infringing DVR technology, a move that is an attempt to head TiVo off at the pass after it sued Verizon over the same patents. The patents, which detail DVR technology, came from Imedia, a company that Motorola bought in the 1990s. “TiVo is attempting to assert its patents against technology disclosed and claimed in Motorola Mobility’s patents… Read More

  • TiVo Says It Can Do A Better Job Analyzing The Effectiveness Of TV Commercials

    TiVo this morning launched a free website for anyone interested in commercial ratings (particularly marketers, I guess). The ‘Ad Scorecard’ is designed to let people analyze how effective a brand’s TV commercials are at retaining viewers and how well they are performing relative to competing brands. And by launching, I mean the company pretty much bashed every other audience… Read More

  • Microsoft Sues TiVo For Further Infringement


    The face of a patent troll After winning a hefty $100 million from Echostar/DISH, TiVo decided to sue AT&T/UVerse for patent infringement. Not to be outdone, Microsoft countersued on behalf of AT&T, citing their own patent that describes: a system that displays programmable information and a secure method for buying and delivering video programs. Read More

  • The TiVo Premiere For iPad App Is Just What It Sounds Like

    You have to give it to TiVo and its just-released iPad app. They might not be the fastest responding company on the block. But they know how to get things done. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: TiVo Premiere DVR For $60

    TiVo‘s are great and without doubt the best DVR on the planet. How’s it better than your standard Comcast box? It’s like the difference between LEGO and off-brand interlocking blocks. They do the same thing, but one is just so much more developed — and generally priced higher, too. However, Woot has your back and is hawking a TiVo Premiere unit over on sellout.woot.com… Read More

  • TiVo Releases New App


    TiVo has just announced a new iPad app that adds gesture control as well as live TV watching and scheduling. You can also use Facebook and Twitter to talk to your friends about the shows you watch. Gesture based control – Take complete control of all recordings, even dragging forward and back through a show with a simple tap or swipe
    • Start watching what you want – Launch… Read More

  • Companies, If Your CSRs Aren't Empowered, You're Doing It Wrong

    So you call a company with a problem, right? After navigating a series of voice prompts, you eventually get to a live person. You think, alright, great someone can help me. Well, not really because this person often cannot do anything but take your contact information and run through a series of basic troubleshooting steps that generally starts with power cycling. Everything else needs to… Read More

  • Is 3D Support Coming To TiVo? What Does That Even Mean?

    Maybe something got lost in translation here, but the British English on this Virgin Media product page for the upcoming TiVo seems to state that their box will be 3D ready. Well, my mid-Michigan English reads that as if TiVo is getting something new. Sigh. Now I’m confused. Read More

  • Pandora Hitting TiVo Series 3 And HD Boxes Right Now

    Remember how Pandora graced TiVo Premiere units just a few short weeks ago? Well, the company didn’t forget about about Series 3 and and HD users. Oh no, if you happen to check the Music, Photos, & Showcases section you’ll Pandora is now an available option. How nice. Read More

  • Tivo Adds Online Season Pass Management To Its Web Site

    Tivo users are now (well, later today) able to manage their season pass subscriptions from their Web browser. I’ve been led to believe that this has been a heavily requested feature for some time now, so good to see Tivo acquiesce Read More

  • Pandora Launches On The TiVo Premiere DVR

    TiVo already has an impressive lineup of internet apps on their DVRs but the offering just got a little more musical thanks to Pandora. Nearly all of Pandora’s trademark features including access to the Music Genome Project is available in the app. Users can thumb up or down artists and create personalized radio stations on the fly. Existing Pandora users can sign into their accounts or… Read More

  • The Full-On Assault On Cable Is Underway

    The Full-On Assault On Cable Is Underway

    Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon — when you hear these names, you usually think about how these tech giants all compete with one another. But what if they all teamed up for one cause? They’d be unstoppable, right? We’re about to find out. All of these companies are currently sitting in the same boat about to storm the beaches. Which beaches? Those belonging to the… Read More

  • Tivo Wants To Expand Internationally (Perhaps To Help Make Up For Recent Losses)

    Europeans, take note: Tivo could soon be coming to your neighborhood in a big, big way. The company’s president and CEO, Tom Rogers, said that it’s looking to gain more of a foothold in the larger European markets, including the UK and Spain, in order to broaden its horizons a little bit. Dulling some of the pain from that recent $15.3m loss wouldn’t hurt, either. Read More

  • Review: The TiVo Slide QWERTY Remote


    The TiVo Slide isn’t a secret and on the surface, it’s really not all that innovative. It’s just the classic TiVo peanut remote shrunk down a bit with a sliding QWERTY keyboard added. But how is it in practice? Pretty much the best thing on Earth. Read More

  • TiVo Premiere To Feature Cox's "Vast" VOD Library


    Good news for those of you in Cox-served areas of the country: TiVo is working with Cox to provide Cox’s VOD service via your TiVo Premiere box. This will be the first cable VOD available on a retail DVR, so feel privileged! It’ll be available “early next year,” and (presumably starting then) Cox will be promoting TiVo Premiere boxes and providing free installation. Read More

  • DISH Network Ends Half-Cooked DTVPal DVR

    If you’ve never heard of the DTVPal DVR – or DTVPal tuner, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The DTVPal DVR was an interesting device that was a cross between a VCR and a DVR. VCR because it could record shows based on time – unlike the better TiVo model, where it records by show – and DVR because it was, well, digital. Read More