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Amazon, TiVo may ink online movie deal

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Fri September 22, 2006

Amazon, TiVo in talks

Online retailer giant Amazon is in talks with TiVo about allowing consumers to automatically transfer online movie purchases to their TiVo boxes, which would place the companies in direct competition with Apple's recently announced iTV digital relay device, according to a report from the New York Post. The deal would help to bridge the gap between the home computer and the TV, and would complement Amazon's recently-launched Unbox service -- which offers TV shows, other videos, and full-length movies from all the major studios except Disney. Disney recently announced that it had sold 125,000 movie downloads worth $1 million in revenue through Apple's iTunes Music Store, and said it expects to generate $50 million in added revenue during its first year of selling movies online.

by MacNN Staff



  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    awesome . . .

    for Amazon and Tivo users.

    Apple should have been the one to partner with Tivo. I have written about this for a year. Of course, then there were all the rumors that Apple might buy Tivo and we now know are not true.

    The iTV is kind of cool but having a great DVR like Tivo and still have the ability to download movies is the way to go. Unless Apple included DVR capability in the iTV, I think they missed the boat.

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hack your TiVo!

    And then run tivoserver and tivotool on your Mac. It's awesome. You can extract TiVo recordings onto your Mac and burn them to DVD or export them to your iPod, and you can share a movie folder on your Mac so that your TiVo can see it and download videos from it using the classic TiVo interface.

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