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YouTube Opens Up to TiVo and More!

Posted on 12 March 2008 by Staff

If you have an Apple TV or even a mobile phone, like the iPhone, then you know that YouTube is not just for the web. Now YouTube will be on even more devices, including TiVo.

Every day hundreds of millions of videos are viewed on YouTube and hundreds of thousands of videos are uploaded. Upon launch of the TiVo-YouTube service, TiVo users will be able to search, browse and watch these videos directly on their television sets through their broadband connected TiVo DVRs. The combination of having the YouTube experience with the convenience and familiarity of TiVo’s intuitive user interface will provide TiVo subscribers with the ability to discover and enjoy the most shared and most discussed web videos in the world on their televisions. Importantly, users will be able to log into their YouTube accounts directly from their TiVo boxes and access their favorite YouTube channels and playlists.

“We’re delighted to be working with the world’s leading online video community so that TiVo subscribers can access YouTube’s popular content on the TV via the TiVo DVR,” said Tara Maitra, Vice President and GM of Content Services at TiVo Inc. “Being able to make available YouTube videos to the TiVo subscriber base using one device, one remote and one user interface is another major step in our commitment to combine all of your television and web video viewing options in one easy to use service.”

The announcement from TiVo coincides with Google’s announcement on YouTube that they are opening up their APIs to allow better integration of YouTube services on devices like an Apple TV or TiVo DVR. Developers will be able to integrate stuff like uploading videos and video responses to YouTube, edit video descriptions and customize the player UI and control video playback (pause, play, stop, etc.) through software.

The number of possible new applications is endless. Electronic Arts has enabled gamers to capture videos of fantastical user-generated creatures from their upcoming game, Spore, and publish these directly into YouTube. The University of California, Berkeley is bringing free educational content to the world, enhancing their open source lecture capture and delivery system to publish videos automatically into YouTube. Animoto enables its users to create personalized, professional-quality music videos from their own photos and upload them directly to YouTube. Tivo is providing its users a rich and highly participative YouTube viewing experience on the television.

Maybe WebTV was too advanced for its time, as it seems more and more services that are thought of as “web” or “internet” only are coming to home theater and entertainment type gadgets. Only time will tell if these services will entice users that are otherwise not familiar with the YouTube’s of the world.

[via YouTube and TiVo]

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TiVo is Alone at the Top

Posted on 06 March 2008 by Staff


For a company that continually loses money and is hated by advertisers, why are they the best game in town? For one, they were first to create the “time shifting” concept for digital recorders. Yes, there were others to do this (Replay TV) but TiVo, made it easy to use and locked up their software with a bunch of patents.

That’s not, of course, an earth-shattering idea; VCRs have been doing this for decades. Tivo’s edge is simple but critical: it’s easy to use. As a result, the company is now on the very short list of corporate brand names – like Google, Xerox, FedEx, and Photoshop – that are widely used as verbs.

If you don’t believe patents are worth much, ask Dish Networks. They tried to circumvent TiVo’s patents and lost and will now have to pay to TiVo to keep there DVRs working. DirecTV has paid TiVo for years, first to license the software and then of late to “maintain” those boxes while they put out their own branded DVR.

Rather than risk infringing on Tivo’s strong patents, cable companies will have little choice but to forge agreements with Tivo in order to provide their customers with DVR capabilities.

Says Westerfield: “Pay-TV operators who have not yet properly licensed the right to provide DRV services in the vein set forth by Tivo’s patents might well be at risk of patent infringement claims. Therefore, in due time, we think that nearly all pay-TV operators will review their risks and opt to legitimize their DVR offerings.”

Comcast and Cox have already said they will provide customers with set top boxes using TiVo’s technology, and others seem likely to follow.

TiVo has made up with advertisers and won the battles in court. Maybe now, they will finally get to reap the reward others have made at their expense.

[via Fortune]

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TiVo Wins Court Ruling, Leaving Dish Networks DVRs in Doubt

Posted on 02 February 2008 by Staff


TiVo won another round in its legal battle with Dish Network. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling from a lower court that Dish Networks violated TiVO’s patent on a ‘multimedia time warping system’. Besides the fact that Dish is on the hook for $89.6 million in damages, they might have to stop selling DVRs and disable all functionality from their current recorders. That would mean some real pissed off customers.

With the validity of the patents, the damage award, and the jury verdict all upheld upon appeal, Dish appears to be out of options. The satellite TV provider is now faced with the unpleasant decision of whether to stop selling DVRs and shut off its DVR service, hope against hope that the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, or write an eight- or nine-figure check to TiVo to cover damages and license the patents. At this point, the latter option is Dish Network’s best bet.

This is obviously terrible news for Dish and great news for DirecTV, who have standing agreements with TiVo and still uses some of it’s software on their DVRs.

[via arstechnica]

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