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TiVo for iPod may strain network-studio relations

updated 05:35 pm EST, Mon November 28, 2005

TiVo may strain relations

TiVo's recent plan to make TV shows and movies downloadable onto the fifth-generation iPod and Sony PSP may who hope to develop revenue from the digital distribution. Several TV and studio execs are considering legal action against TiVo, according to a report from the Daily Variety. An NBC Universal spokesman said "TiVo appears to be acting unilaterally, disregarding established rights of content owners to participate in decisions regarding the distribution and exploitation of their content. This unilateral action creates the risk of legal conflict instead of contributing to the constructive exploitation of digital technology that can rapidly provide new and exciting experiences for the consumer." The new service is expected to be available by early next year, and software necessary to utilize it is expected to cost between $15-30.

The service will undercut ABC's current offering of video content online that makes movies and videos available for $2 each, which can already be downloaded and viewed on Apple's fifth-generation iPod player. TiVo's service could reduce appeal of other video-on-demand offers, and cut into the DVD business, according to the report. The number of current users who own a stand-alone TiVo box and who also own a home-networking system is roughly 300,000, while the total number of TiVo subscribers totals 1.3 million.




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  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well,

    I would love to defend Tivo but those $%&@* still do not support the Mac for their recent technologies. :)

  1. riverfreak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    s**** the content owners

    They're not interested in providing "new and exciting experiences for the consumer". iTunes finally brought them kicking and screaming into the digital age, and they are STILL trying to back out of that with talks of raising prices, etc. Are they stupid or insane?

    They're too blinded by greed to actually see how to use the technology for new purposes. Still stuck in the advertising (and now product placement) modes. Dullards.

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Never

    never trust someone who talks of exploitation as if it were a good thing. Do the networks have any say here at all? Can't I already buy a DV encoder, record my tv shows, encode them myself, and load them myself onto my ipod for watching at a later date? Tivo is going to make that process much easier. Good for them.

  1. mrcorwin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Tivotool

    You can have tivo to go for your mac right now with itunes integration! It works for me! tivotool.com

  1. kentuckyfried

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    *sigh*

    It never fails to appall me how all these media companies are out there, grasping after every single dollar possible. The rampant greed is disgusting.

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Greed

    "It never fails to appall me how all these media companies are out there, grasping after every single dollar possible. The rampant greed is disgusting."

    So true. I mean, they give away iTunes for free then charge 99 cents for lossy compressed tracks, and $2 for 320x480 video when it would be better and cheaper on a DVD, then after I upgrade to Tiger they want another $30 for QuickTime Pro, to which I said "no thanks, I didn't want to pay $159 total for Tiger," and five hundred freaking dollars for Aperture...and...and...

    ...oh wait, you meant those other greedy media companies...

  1. riverfreak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Corsair, are you high?

    Um. Comparing high end media editing to "content owners" (read not content creators, just blood sucking leeches) is completely unjustified.

    The sooner the world is finished with freeloading "content owners" the better. These are people who can't who exploit those who can. We don't need them anymore. They can go back to their golf courses until their bank accounts run out.

  1. riverfreak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oh yeah and...

    You want to know why "lossy compressed tracks" cost 0.99? It ain't because of Apple. Well, it *is* -- they're holding the prices in check.

    Have you seen standard CDs or DVDs get cheaper over time (the 80s hits super-saver series not included - I'm talking new releases)? I thought so...

  1. Dakar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    fair use

    If fair use of your Tivo recordings will interfere with you possibly buying their product at a later date, then s**** your fair use!

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's a joke. Laugh!

    You guys, I was just pointing out that plenty of people, plenty of Mac users in fact, complain about Apple pricing too. But of course, I'm posting on an Apple site where all the Mac users who take everything too seriously hang out! I mean, I don't actually mind $0.99 cents per song myself, I've bought hundreds.

    And check out this comment! "Um. Comparing high end media editing to "content owners" (read not content creators, just blood sucking leeches) is completely unjustified."

    Where is the high-end media editing? QuickTime Pro?!? Is "high-end" editing? HAHAHA ha ha oh my god that's a good one.

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