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Google TV?: Google and Dish Network test a set-top box

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has partnered up with satellite TV provider Dish Network to test out a new set-top device powered by Google software. Although the WSJ doesn't name its sources, they seemed to know an awful lot about Google's plans with Dish. The set-top device would reportedly allow users to organize Dish's TV content, plus web video from YouTube, creating a custom ...

Blockbuster to stream video to TiVo

Blockbuster announced today that it plans to offer OnDemand videos to TiVo set top boxes during the second half of 2009. Blockbuster will hardly be the first service offering premium internet video streaming to TiVo. You can already find videos from Amazon, CinemaNow, Jaman, and Netflix on a TiVo. But hey, more choices are always a good thing, right? Blockbuster tried to launch its own set top b...

Netflix watch instantly videos heading to TiVo

It's been about 4 years since TiVo and Netflix announced they were working together to stream video to TiVo set top boxes. Since then, Netflix has developed technology that lets you watch videos on a PC, and more recently a Mac, without waiting for a DVD to arrive in the mail. Heck, even the Xbox 360 got more Netflix love than TiVo this year. But apparently good things come to those who wait. A...

Nero announces LiquidTV: PC-based version of TiVo

Nero and TiVo are launching a new application called LiquidTV. Basically, LiquidTV is TiVo. But instead of running on a set top box, the software runs on a Windows PC. Users get all the basic features that come with TiVo, including the abililty to watch live and recorded TV, pause live programs, and record programs for viewing later. You can also burn videos to a DVD or compress them to save sp...

SnapStream adds placeshifting to BeyondTV PVR software

SnapStream Media's BeyondTV application for Windows is one of a handful of applications that should make anyone think twice about purchasing a TiVo or cable company DVR. Like Windows Media Center, SageTV, and MythTV for Linux, BeyondTV lets users record and pause live TV on a PC and do a whole bunch of other things like shrink videos using DiVX or Windows media compression. But one thing that Be...

Amazon Unbox could add HD, streaming, other upgrades

Amazon is sending out a survey to a select group of folks asking what changes they'd like to see to Amazon Unbox, the company's digital video download service. At one point, the survey asks what participants think of several possible improvements to the service: Free video streaming with ads Paid video streaming without ads Burn downloaded movies to DVD for playback on a DVD player Abi...

TiVo and Nero developing DVR software for the PC

TiVo, the company that has become pretty much synonymous with the idea of the digital video recorder plans to create a PC version of the software it uses on set top boxes. The company is partnering with Nero to develop the software. Up until recently, TiVo's Linux-based software was designed to run only on TiVo-branded boxes. But over the past year TiVo has been partnering with cable companies lik...

What to do until TiVo Desktop works on Vista

The only thing worse than not owning a TiVo digital video recorder is owning a TiVo unit but not being able to use it the way you want. TiVo fans were disappointed to discover recently that the TiVo Desktop software which allows users to transfer recorded shows to a computer via a wireless network doesn't work with Windows Vista. Although the company claims they are releasing a Vista-compatible ve...

Amazon Unbox lets TiVo users be couch potatoes

TiVo lovers rejoice, the partnership between your favorite DVR and Amazon just got a little sweeter. Amazon announced today that TiVo users can buy or rent movies and tv episodes directly from their TiVo unit without having to get off the couch. Although TiVo subscribers have been able to access the database of over 1 million movies for months at Amazon's Website, now you can simply browse and pur...

TiVo launches remote photo and video sharing service

Late last year TiVo announced a partnership with One True Media that would allow customers to share content from their TiVo boxes with other TiVo users. Want to show the home movies to grandma without lugging the tape all the way over to her house? TiVo's got you covered. The service officially launched today and here's how it works: Upload your photos and videos to One True Media's website ...

Download and burn TiVo recordings to Linux

It's kind of funny that Mac and Windows users now both have officially supported programs to download recordings from their TiVo onto their computers, but Linux users don't. Why's that funny? Because TiVo runs on a version of Linux. Go figure. While TiVo may not have any plans that we're aware of to release an official TiVoToGo client for Linux, there's a new project up on SourceForge called TiVo2...

TiVoToGo for Mac announced... by Roxio

Mac users finally have a legit option for transferring recorded TV programs from a TiVo to their computer. PC users have been able to use TiVoToGo for two years, but the Mac version was so long overdue that it made Wired's list of vaporware for 2006. Well, apparently TiVo developers had pretty quickly figured out how to move recordings to a Mac, but creating a program that would let you play thos...

TiVoToGo DRM cracked

Over at PVR Wire, Brad Linder reports that the DRM for TiVo's TiVoToGo has been cracked, allowing video recorded on your TiVo to be decoded and viewed on any device. TiVo File Decoder is available from SourceForge, the gritty details of the DRM scheme have been documented at the Alt.org wiki, and naturally the source code is available, too. This will undoubtedly please Mac and Linux-using TiVo own...

Should MSFT, YHOO, or GOOG buy TiVo?

PRV Wire's Chris Tew has written an interesting editorial in which he argues that "There is one company that Google, Microsoft or Yahoo could acquire to ensure they will be well placed on the living room TV, and that company is TiVo." Chris rules out Microsoft because they've already got their foot in your living room with Windows Media Center and because TiVo runs on Linux. Yahoo! and TiVo alread...

Democracy Player as poor man's TiVo

Sketchy legal issues aside, I'm a big fan of the "poor-man's TiVo," i.e. downloading TV shows via BitTorrent. There are a lot of ways to automate this--many BitTorrent clients can read and filter RSS feeds, and there are even stand-alone apps dedicated to the task. Lifehacker introduces us to yet another method, using the awesome open source app Democracy. Democracy, of course, has built-in suppo...