14 November, 2006


TiVo is now going to allow us TiVoniacs to download video from the internet to watch on our televisions.

This is fantastic news for those of us who love YouTube clips, Disney World Video Podcasts and other non-copyrighted web video.

Those who dig on the copyrighted stuff have a while to wait.

TiVo's new broadband offering, however, will work only with downloaded videos that are not copy-protected, such as most user-generated clips and many video podcasts. Feature films and videos purchased from online stores like Movielink or Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL)'s iTunes will not be supported, though company officials said they are seeking to offer such protected content in the future.

Now if only they'd get that TiVo Desktop software to work on a Mac, I'd be in Geekinator heaven.


At 11:18 AM, November 16, 2006, Blogger digitalcowboy said...

Patience and faith in His Jobsness, dear. The Apple iTV (unofficial pre-release name) is coming Real Soon Now™ and I'll wager that it'll make you wonder what all the fuss was about TiVo.

At the very least, we know for a fact that it will let you stream video from your Mac to your TV wirelessly. I'm betting that, even if it doesn't right away, it will quickly replace everything TiVo does and then some, while integrating completely with your Mac. There has even been some speculation and rumor that Apple will couple it with their own branded TV.

Your Mac is already capable of doing everything your TiVo does. TiVo is nothing more than a single purpose Linux PC after all. Apple has all the pieces in place now - Airport, QuickTime, iMovie, iDVD, the iTunes Store... Do you think they've been producing a big, HD flat panel monitor and calling it a "Cinema Display" all this time for nothing?

It takes time to do things the Mac way (read: right) but Steve's been talking about his digital hub strategy for years now, steadily plodding along unnoticed to take over your living room and all your home entertainment needs.


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