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TiVo on board with Internet download of videos

Mon, 01/07/2008 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

TiVo announced today that subscribers to its Season Pass tier of service will be able to download video content from the Internet to their TVs.

By using RSS feeds, TiVo customers can download network nightly newscasts and other content from networks such as Comedy Central and Discovery. The service will also allow users access to niche content that TiVo said is not typically available from satellite or cable operators, as well as independent media content.

"By adding the Season Pass functionality to Web video viewing, we are providing consumers a new way to easily and automatically access the content they want to watch on their television sets," said Tom Rogers, president and CEO of TiVo. "TiVo is building toward the dream of providing one stop for all content, through one box, integrated into one interface, accessible through one simple remote control.”

The new Web video capability requires TiVo Desktop Plus 2.6, an update to the Windows application that also converts recorded TV shows for viewing on portable devices such as the iPod and Sony PlayStation Portable. TiVo Desktop Plus 2.6 will be available in March for a one-time fee of $24.95, and it will be a free upgrade to earlier versions.

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