[windows2000] OT: Some good news for Tivo Owners...

  • From: "Jim Kenzig http://kenzig.com" <jimkenz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 05:40:15 -0800 (PST)

I love my tivo's...this will make them even cooler.  (BTW I have 2 Philips 
RS6000 Directv Tivo's, series 1 with paid full lifetime membership and HU cards 
that I can no longer use because I cant get directv at my new house, that I 
will sell very cheap ..email me with an offer at web @ kenzig.com if you are 
Yahoo, TiVo Team Up to Blend TV, Web 
By MAY WONG, Associated Press Writer 29 minutes ago 

Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) and TiVo Inc. are teaming up to blend some of 
their services, a move that further fades the lines between offices and living 
rooms, TVs and PCs.

Under a partnership announced Monday, the two will collaborate to offer Yahoo's 
Internet-based content and services through TiVo's digital video recording 

Users of Yahoo's TV page will be able to click on a record-to-TiVo button 
directly from a television program listing to remotely schedule recordings.

And in the coming months, possibly before the end of the year, Yahoo's traffic 
and weather content, as well as its users' photos will be viewable on 
televisions via TiVo's broadband service and easy-to-use screen menu.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Edward Lichty, TiVo's vice president 
of corporate strategy, said TiVo hopes the collaboration will set the 
foundation for a long-term relationship.

TiVo subscribers already have the ability to remotely schedule recordings from 
the TiVo Web site, but this will give the DVR pioneer a way to potentially tap 
Yahoo's large user base and gain some much-needed new customers.

The Alviso, Calif.-based company has about 3.6 million subscribers but it 
accrued fewer new customers in its last fiscal second quarter than it did the 
previous year, according to the company's financial report released in August. 
And though the company posted its first profit in its eight-year history during 
that quarter, some analysts question whether the company can continue to grow 
as satellite and cable companies develop their own DVR technology that offer 
lower subscription fees.

Meanwhile, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo, the leading destination on the Web, 
is seeing tremendous growth as more people turn to the Internet for news, 
entertainment, communication, and other services.

But the Internet giant is also under constant pressure from rivals Google Inc. 
and Microsoft Corp. to expand its own offerings.

For both companies, TiVo in particular, the ability to let its subscribers 
access Yahoo's content from their televisions marks a significant development 
in the company's year-old campaign to expand beyond basic digital video 
recording services to becoming more of an entertainment hub, Lichty said.

Bringing Internet access to the TV screen is nothing new. Most previous efforts 
? notably WebTV ? were dismal failures. But Lichty thinks the Yahoo-TiVo 
offering will be different.

"It's not about having a Web browser on your TV and having a keyboard on your 
lap. It'll still be focused on the TV experience and navigating with the remote 
control," Lichty said.

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