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TiVo shares jump on Apple takeover speculation

updated 04:45 pm EST, Wed February 23, 2005

Apple to buy TiVo?

TiVo shares today jumped more than 17 percent on Wednesday, fueled by speculation that , according to analysts. Reuters reports that although TiVo's CEO says the company is not for sale, its low $300 million market capitalization make it an attractive takeover target: "What we hear on the street is that Apple is interested in their business and that they are a takeout target," said analyst Steven Kroll Jr. of Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. The report says that several companies have been discussed as potential suitors for TiVo, including Time Warner and Comcast, Sony, and Liberty Media.




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  1. Manthas

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    YEAH!

    What a move that would be!

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Convergence

    With everything Converging ... I think a move like this would help Apple tremendously in the Home Media Centre arena.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bullsh*t

    Apple would only buy them to own the technology to make a better product and release an Apple DVR. Such a product would tie into the iPod's popularity and mass adaoption.

    Tivo is dying. Apple will wait until they are mostly dead before making a move. In the meantime, it may be cheaper to develop their own player based on pixlet technology.

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This would rock!

    Apple shouldn't have to build from scratch the interface and the ease of use of TiVo when it's already there. Buying TiVo makes perfect sense.
    Can we say iDVR from Apple...?
    The place that TiVo has royally screwed the pooch has been in not being first to HD- and the picture quality of the current TiVo isn't that great either- this would fit perfectly with Apple's push to HD-
    Apple would have an opening to set-top boxes- and the digital hub in a whole new way.

    My only concerns: Apple has terrible experience with subscription based services- from e-world to .mac, they have managed to make a lot of mis-steps.

    Apple may be working toward a iTunes music store selling tv shows- you want to watch last nights "Lost"- click- download and deliver- with digital rights management- and bit torrent type servers- on every mim/tivo you have an amazing way to deliver content.

    I see it.

    TiVo is a steal- for entry into TV.

  1. dimplemonkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Holy c***

    That's facinating. I can't imagine the potential possibilities. I believe Tivo has been under poor management.

  1. serpico

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I wonder....

    If Apple were thinking of making its own settop DVRs even if they were in the end not going to be directly compatible with TIVO if might make sence to purchase the competition before and then make it suck , then introduce your wonderful version.....

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Clout

    Apple has the clout to get the content makers to play nice. TiVo has been fighting an uphill battle.

    What Apple did for legal music downloading, they could do for DVR.

  1. t6hawk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not going to happen

    For those of you who were online a month or so ago, Tivo just signed some huge agreement with M$ at the same conference where bill gates got bsod'd. Apple won't be picking up Tivo. h*** an identical rumor was posted on the forums just a day or two after Tivo signed and that was shot down in flames then too.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:Not going to happen

    Guess the rumors started by some shareholder who's value just shot up by ~20%. Not bad for a days pay.

    Apple still needs to make an entry in that home-media arena ... but maybe without TiVo.

  1. tamura

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    TiVo

    does anyone know why no DVR services are showing up in europe? I mean bigger ones...not test drives.
    Also, I'd say Apple better spend some of their cash to build AppleStores in europe- they could pick up some major cash here.

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