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TiVo Signs Up for Internet Video Content 43

lfescalante writes "TiVo, in an increasingly diversified attempt to offer new content to its subscriber base, today announced a partnership with Internet TV pioneer Brightcove to bring content partner video offerings from this company to Tivo boxes. The first fruits of this relationship should begin appearing within the coming months."
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TiVo Signs Up for Internet Video Content

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  • The average Slashdotter TiVoing the Internet would cause a bandwidth catastrophe. Based on prior viewing, thousands of pron sites would be swamped with TiVo DoS.
  • Good move (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Bullfish ( 858648 ) on Wednesday May 10, 2006 @10:03PM (#15305732)
    I think we all accept that most of our entertainment will be brought to us over the net in the future rather than through standard broadcast. I doubt that the early offerings are going to get anybody too excited (our choice of commercials? oh goody!), but this will be good for Tivo to get ready for a few years down the road with a nice headstart on the technology. Any techniques and refinements they can develop will help them survive one all the bandwagon jumpers start climbing on board.
    • Re:Good move (Score:3, Interesting)

      by DigiShaman ( 671371 )
      But how much will the monthly fee be? I seriously doubt they can compete with the local Cable Co as they offer cable/internet combo packages.

      Better price, better video quality, why this Tivo service? Unless your stuck with DSL, I don't see the point.
    • Just imagine what would happen if America Online got their hands on this. -You've got commercals- On a more serious side, what would replace the crappy free aol cd's? Free tivo-style boxes?
  • Goodie! Now then, I want all my ad's to be pr0n and vaigra...
  • by TTop ( 160446 ) on Wednesday May 10, 2006 @10:20PM (#15305792)
    Brightcove seems to promise a lot of things, but they seem to be more vapor than actual service so far. They have a demo of a nice portal, but they're a new company and seem to have more going on in marketing then actual technology. Combined with Allaire, that makes for buzz, but really, what big-time content do they actually host? They have some announced projects, but not any actual big live content providers that I can tell. Their press releases are all "we're going to do this" rather than "we've done this." Someone like thePlatform [] actually already has the tools and feature set that Brightcove is still working towards, plus big-name customers (Verizon VCast, Ampd, CNBC, Starz, etc).
    • How about an astroturf mod?
    • thePlatform - HA! ok, so, i worked quite closely with thePlatform on a content delivery system of tens of thousands of on-demand streaming titles, and let me tell you, they're not that great.

      to boot, they don't own a lick of their own content. they are a CDN, holding and transmitting OD content for their customers. actually, reverse that. they're not even that. basically, they're a content management system for streaming content. most of the content they manage they actually put on other CDN vendors l
    • Last I checked, Brightcove had deals with Sony/BMG [], Discovery [], Tribeca Film Festival [], MTV/Viacom's The N [], plus a syndication offering with Reuters [] that lets you put news stories directly on your own webpage.

      Not to mention their Commercial Preview [], which allows anyone to upload and host high quality video in customized video players TODAY!

      Okay, for full disclosure, I work for Brightcove. However, it's more true to say that Internet TV is just getting warmed up. The announcments give us a taste for what is

    • I seem to recall long ago TiVo announcing a partnership with RealMedia for content. Last I heard, the fruits of that partnership were still buffering.
  • If ever there's a reason for net neutrality this is it. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if Time Warner throttles the bandwidth for TIVOs trying to connect to this.
  • As a Tivo fanatic and subscriber, all I can say is... *YAWN*

    Why do I want to see any of this?
  • Tivo [] has had Rocketboom [] podcasts since December 2005 at least. It was a promising start, and I hoped for more.
  • TiVo and IP-TV (Score:3, Insightful)

    by zapatero ( 68511 ) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @12:05AM (#15306121) Journal
    "Product Watch" was Tivo's announcement from just the other day. This somewhat dull product, an HME based application, enables a Tivo user with a broadband connection to browse through a collection of infomercials and select videos for download.

    Now. Of course. Who would use this? Ads? Etc, etc. However all the Tivo pundints missed the bigger point. That being that this is IP/TV. Tivo now sports a box that integrates the TV (rabit ears, cable, or satalite) with IP content.

    Product Watch is actually a smart business move, as that enabled Tivo to build the ground work, the back end, call it the infrastructure, for IP/TV with companies paying to place their content.

    Now this deal with brightcove will be a no-brainer. Technically not a challenge at all for Tivo, only the usual of two companies hashing out who will be responsible for what and etc.

    I think this Product Watch thing is not properly understood at what a big deal it is, and how Tivo will probably be announcing such IP content partnerships like this one again and again over the coming weeks and months.
  • PodCasting (Score:3, Informative)

    by DavidD_CA ( 750156 ) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @01:48AM (#15306385) Homepage
    On a somewhat related note, TiVo now supports the automatic download of a number of popular podcasts, or I can add a URL of my choice. As a result, what turned into the occasional viewing of Rocketboom is now a part of my daily routine.

  • Principals with references (must be willing to sign binding NDAs) only, please.
  • by Danathar ( 267989 ) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @06:54AM (#15306968) Journal

    I't pisses me off how directv treats their TIVO subscriber base. I have the hardware for TIVO series two but DirecTV would rather try and push their substandard PVR than give their directv TIVO subscribers the same features as the standalone version.

    Yes..I could hack my DirecTivo to get some of the features, but I should'nt have to do that!

    Now they've backed themselves in a corner. People HATE their in house PVR but the company (or whoever sold the idea of making their own in the company) would rather stick their fingers in their ears than listen to their customers.
    rant off!
  • this will help TiVO with their so-called "techno-profiling," that wonderful system by which they "select" movies and television shows based on your past viewing. This is a truly poor system: for instance, it doesn't take into account the fact that maybe, just maybe there are more viewers in the house than just one. If they partner with an online service, it may allow some users to enter more than one profile per home: if my daughter wants to watch Lady and the Tramp, but I would prefer the latest Jerry-Fr

  • For the last few remaining humans who still haven't seen the peeing chimpanzee, the "Numa Numa" dance, or "Yatta!."
  • TiVo needs to get a deal going with Apple's iTMS and start allowing purchasing of content through a version of the store... download Music, TV Shows, Movies to your TiVo drive... watch full screen just like any other content.

    Then they should work together on a PVR software solution for a Mac Mini with an adaptor box that converts signal to the various ports to work with all TVs, basically a TiVo in a Mac, without the subscription required... you can subscribe to TiVo content if you want, or you can download
  • Didn't Tivo sign an agreement with Netflix to offer Netflix subscribers the option of downloading movies to their Tivos? I still haven't seen anything about that materialize.

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