Blockbuster, TiVo Announce Video-on-Demand Deal

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Editor-in-Chief, RealTechNews
Still playing catch-up with Netflix, Blockbuster announced on Wednesday it has inked a deal with TiVo to add its OnDemand service to TiVo’s DVRs. TiVo already has deals in place with Netflix and Amazon.com, and those deals will be unaffected by this new pact.
Blockbuster currently only offers its OnDemand service on [...]

TiVo Launches “Pause Menu” Ads

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Editor-in-Chief, RealTechNews
The DVR is the bane of television advertisers. Skipping and fast-forwarding through ads is the norm for DVR users, and thus advertisers are being offered clever new ways to show viewers ads. Thus the new “Pause Menu” feature from TiVo, which will inject single-line ads whenever a user pauses a [...]

TiVo Brings Photo Sharing to Your Living Room with Photobucket, Picasa

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Executive Editor, RealTechNews
My mother-in-law, for one, wishes she could look at her pictures on a larger screen than on her PC. Well, Picasa and Photobucket users, at least those with a TiVo connected to broadband, can now view their photos on their TVs.
In a press release, TiVo went on to emphasize that [...]

Rhapsody, Tivo Finally Launch Integrated Service

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Executive Editor, RealTechNews
When I say finally, I mean finally. This integration was announced back in January at CES, and it just now launched today, for those with Series 2 and Series 3 standalone Tivos (we DirecTivo users are still left out in the cold for yet another feature).
Terms are the same as [...]

Cozying Up Between DirecTV and Tivo Begins Again …

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By Michael Santo
Executive Editor, RealTechNews
As I previously wrote, there was hope that Tivos could again return to DirecTV, especially with the openness of Liberty Media toward Tivo. Well, this might just be the start of it …
It may be too early to read too much into Wednesday’s announcement, however it seems to make it [...]

Recap: This Week’s Gadgets from Gizmos for Geeks

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Contributing Writer, RealTechNews.

Here is a quick recap of the gadgets we featured this week at GfG. The biggest item was the announcement of the smaller TiVo HD DVR. Coming in at a more affordable $300, this new HD recorder holds 180 hours of standard def and 20 of HD. In [...]

Want to Keep ‘Jericho’ on the Air? CBS Pleads with you not to Tivo It

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By Michael Santo
Executive Editor, RealTechNews
Fans did their best to save ‘Jericho’, even sending CBS 25 tons of peanuts. And CBS reversed its decision, though only for 7 episodes. But they do so with a plea: don’t time-shift it!
In considering the network’s potential fall lineup last month, CBS decided that the 7.7 [...]

Could Tivo Return to DirecTV?

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By Michael Santo
Executive Editor, RealTechNews
Raise your hand if you have a Tivo and love it. Now raise it if you have had a different PVR in the past and would never (if possible) switch away from Tivo. I would be included in both groups myself. But I switched to Tivo when I [...]