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Humax's DLNA-enabled PVR offers another TV catchup and recording option for Australian homes, but with PVR takeup rates being rather low, will anyone care?


When they write TiVo's obituary, the last paragraph will be devoted to the Premiere Elite, a DVR that may cost more than your average 32-inch TV. But it recorded four channels at once, they'll cry. And we'll all solemnly nod our heads, and shrug, and immediately forget.


Companies put out surveys to gauge customer interest in potential new features all the time, so TiVo asking if people would be interested in streaming live and recorded shows from their DVR to an iPad shouldn't be seen as an indication that it's going to definitely happen. But putting a Slingbox into a TiVo would be something that would convince a decent amount of users to upgrade to new hardware.


Back in 2002, TiVo launched in the UK. It didn't do too well, and the company pulled out of the UK market, but continued to support those customers who had bought their product... Until now. Nine years later, those original UK TiVo customers are up in arms about the fact that TiVo are planning to stop supporting the backend, essentially turning their boxes into paperweights. Given the current financial problems TiVo Australia seems to find itself in, could this be a sign of things to come?


Given it has the financial backing of the Seven Network and a brand name known around the world, you'd expect TiVo to be a huge hit here in Australia. But a report in The Register by Natalie Apostolou indicates that the TiVo's licensee here in Australia, Hybrid TV, has cut back the local office to just five staff and the company's in advanced talks to offload the product to IPTV rival FetchTV.


Remember last year when we told you about Juno interactive, the IPTV company launched by former NineMSN and former Yahoo!7 media kingpins Jimmy Storrier and David Morrison? Well their project Juno has had a name change and gone into a limited Beta for Sydneysiders. Now called Beem, it's an online DVR for FTA TV with an emphasis on social networking.


Digital Products Group, the company behind the Aussie distribution of Beyonwiz and Slingbox among other brands, has just launched a new PVR brand in Australia called Magic TV. From the specs, it doesn't seem to be too magical though.


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You could already schedule new recordings and set up season passes on your TiVo from a browser, but now you can actually manage those season passes without having to trudge through TiVo's onscreen menus.


Telstra today reported the company's performance for the first couple of months of the 2010-2011 financial year, and one figure stood out from the rest: Apparently the Telco has sold around 100,000 T-Box IPTV DVRs and T-Hub fixed home phone tablet device since they launched in June and April.


You already had some music choices with TiVo Premiere - Rhapsody and Music Choice have been available for some time - but now Pandora's joined the party. Sad news, though, for those of you clinging to your prior-generation TiVos: this app's for Premiere only.


You have a hard time remembering an age when you didn't DVR shows to watch later. But that's never been true for the majority of Americans - until now. The time shifters are taking over. That's wonderful.