After years of uncertainty Australian TiVos will lose access to the TV guide after October, leaving thousands of lounge rooms in the lurch.
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While Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku have shifted streaming content from our mobile devices to our televisions, they're often incomplete solutions. There's a whole Internet worth of video content -- from news feeds to public broadcasting productions -- that the Chromecast just won't play. But the Qplay will.
It seems like just yesterday when TiVo was a verb. But times change, and more brand-neutral DVR seem to be on the rise. As you can see in this clip of a new 30 Rock episode aired in the States, Liz Lemon expresses her longing for days gone by. Personally? I still catch myself remembering to "tape" episode. What is that, even?
Though it has already been spotted before, the Tivo Elite is out from hiding, and will let you record an ungodly four shows at once, with room to let you watch a fifth. I feel overwhelmed already.
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.
Given TiVo’s staffing woes last year, we’re not quite sure what to make of these sales figures. I guess the good news for TiVo is that they obviously sold more than they expected during a difficult year for the company. According to TiVo’s latest figures, TiVo sales grew more than 29% in December 2010 under what was widely considered by economists to be a fairly lacklustre retail season.
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.
According to Gary over at Cnet, the Australian Tivo is about to get a price drop. A huge price drop even, taking the DVR from $699 to $499 and throwing in bonus free stuff.