TiVo Offers Web Video on the TV — Now18 Mar, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. March 18 said it would begin offering broadband subscribers immediate access to select Web video on their televisions.
Content includes repurposed TV network newscasts, “Sesame Street” podcasts, MTV News and humor from CHTV, among others.
Access to the video requires purchasing a PC software update (Desktop Plus 2.6) for $24.95. Similar software for a Mac computer is not yet available.
The software transfers downloaded content from the PC to the TiVo DVR, which is playable on TV.
TiVo last week announced it would later this year offer video content from social-network site YouTube. That service will enable subscribers to browse, search and watch third-party content through their remote control.
The Alviso, Calif.-based service also said it had begun offering an on-screen guide of select Web-based video for episodic viewing.
Finally, subscribers of a third series or high-definition TiVo DVR can playback HD video in 720p resolution on a HDTV.