• Microsoft And TiVo Drop Their Patent Lawsuits Against Each Other

    Microsoft And TiVo Drop Their Patent Lawsuits Against Each Other

    Microsoft is dropping its patent lawsuit against set-top box maker TiVo, in which Microsoft had complained of not only copyright infringement, but had also threatened a ban on importing TiVo’s hardware and software into the U.S. And TiVo has agreed to drop its suits against Microsoft, as well. Read More

  • Hulu And TiVo Announce Top Super Bowl Commercials, But Where’s The Tech?

    Hulu And TiVo Announce Top Super Bowl Commercials, But Where’s The Tech?

    The 2012 Super Bowl has come and gone, while you’re left to clean up the beer cans, wash off that face paint, and get back to planning your next pivot. The game itself provided more than enough excitement, with the New York Football Giants eking out a win over the star-crossed Tom Bradys and Bill Belichicks. This year’s Big Game also marked the first time that a Super Bowl was… Read More

  • TiVo Research Claims Only 38 Percent Of Users Watch Live TV

    TiVo Research Claims Only 38 Percent Of Users Watch Live TV

    TiVo this morning said that internal research shows only 38 percent of their users watch live television, with nearly two thirds watching on-demand video or ‘delayed’ TV. Among TiVo viewers who use broadband connected service such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus, live TV viewership has even dropped to 27 percent, the company asserts. Read More

  • The TiVo Premiere Elite: 4 Tuners, 2 TB, Available Today For $499

    The TiVo Premiere Elite: 4 Tuners, 2 TB, Available Today For $499

    The TiVo Premiere Elite is the TV watcher’s Bugatti Veyron. It’s their Lance Armstrong, their Empire Strikes Back. It’s the Budweiser of set-top box DVRs. The TiVo Premiere Elite is simply the best recording and playback device ever made and yes, I just called Budweiser the best beer of all time. The quad turner device quietly leaked over the summer, followed by an official… Read More

  • TiVo Releases The TiVo Premiere Elite, The Premiere Of The Elite DVR

    TiVo Releases The TiVo Premiere Elite, The Premiere Of The Elite DVR

    TiVo is quite proud of their DVRs – so proud, in fact, that they gave the new Tivo Premiere Elite an extra superlative, just to ensure you understand the current elite-ness of this TiVo. Other than the name, the new TiVo has Series 4 architecture (a better, faster UI) as well as space for 300 hours of programming. You can record four shows at once (if you have the right number of… Read More

  • Best Buy Releases Insignia TV With Built-In TiVo

    Best Buy Releases Insignia TV With Built-In TiVo

    Insignia, Best Buy’s in-house tech brand, has just released a TV with a TiVo UI built-in. Why? I suppose people didn’t want to have a separate TiVo on their CE shelves. Two great tastes that taste great together, right? Read More

  • Hulu Plus Is Now Streaming On TiVo Premiere

    It’s about damn time. TiVo Premiere already has an impressive list of proper streaming apps: Netflix, Blockbuster, Amazon and several other smaller services. Now Hulu Plus is on the list, which will serve up all the 16 and Pregnant you can stand for $7.99 a month after TiVo’s 6-month complementary trial ends. Read More

  • TiVo To Release Revamped Pricing, Lower Up Front Hardware But More Expensive Subscription

    TiVo is about to unveil a new pricing scheme that will lower the upfront cost of the hardware by raising the monthly fee. Actually, what they’re doing, is going to a single pricing model rather than running two separate. The lower hardware, higher monthly fee scheme was unveiled a while ago and still lives on with the old-as-TiVo high up front cost, low monthly fee pricing. Read More

  • 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