Tivo and DirecTV Back Together



There has been news spreading around today about Tivo coming back to DirecTV.  This is good news for the people that really like the Tivo software.  Dave Zatz has posted something different.  He has posted that the Tivo software might run on DirecTV hardware.  If that turns out to be true this would open the doors for more speculation.  DirecTV could update older HR21 and HR22 users.  Or they could design an entirely new set top.

I really like DirecTVs DVR software, though I haven’t used Tivo to compare it too.  I think DirecTV wants the other software Tivo has, multiple room viewing, sending to computer, streaming content from your computer.  That is the area where DirecTV is lacking.  I’m excited about what this partnership might bring to the users.

DIRECTV, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTV), the nation’s leading satellite television service provider, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), announced today that they have extended their current agreement, which includes the development, marketing and distribution of a new HD DIRECTV DVR featuring the TiVo(R) service, as well as the extension of mutual intellectual property arrangements.

Under the terms of the non-exclusive arrangement, DIRECTV and TiVo will work together to develop a version of the TiVo(R) service for DIRECTV’s broadband-enabled HD DVR platform. The product will support the latest TiVo and DIRECTV features and services, including TiVo’s Universal Swivel Search and TiVo KidZone. TiVo will develop the new HD DVR for an expected launch in the second half of 2009.



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