TiVo adds Apple iPod support to TiVoToGo

TiVo Inc. is expanding its video recording service so users will be able to transfer recorded TV shows onto Apple Computer’s iPods, according to an Associated Press report. By adding support for the MPEG-4 video format, TiVo hopes to capitalize on the immense popularity of Apple iPods.

When TiVO launched TiVoToGo in January 2005, TiVO Series2 broadband subscribers gained the ability to transfer recorded shows to Windows PCs and Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Center devices such as the Creative Zen, Samsung Yepp YH-999, and iriver PMC-120. The new TiVOToGo servise will also support Sony’s PlayStation Portable. There is no information available at this time regarding support for transferring recorded shows to Apple Mac OS X personal computers, although one might infer that supporting MPEG-4 video will allow Macs to play such content.

Tivo’s TiVOToGo webpages do not currently mention support for the Apple iPod. The new service feature will be available “today” for current TiVo subscribers as a beta test and for others early next year, according to the Associated Press report.

“The ability to transfer shows between a TiVo and Apple’s market-leading iPod or Sony Corp.’s popular PSP ‘may help cement the idea that a TiVo is better than a generic DVR,’ said Stephen Baker, an analyst with NPD Group. ‘Their route to success is to differentiate themselves from generic DVRs,'” Julie Tamaki reports for The Los Angeles Times. “TiVo subscribers will need to purchase special software to tap the features, said Jim Denney, TiVo’s vice president of product marketing. The TiVo box would need to be connected to a home network and the program would first have to be transferred to a PC… Restricted content includes video-on-demand and pay-per-view, Denney added. TiVo also plans to make files traceable to discourage ‘people from distributing the content beyond their personal use.'”

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  1. TiVo is soo yesterday — lame.
    Now as for el Gato’s eyeTV 200 or the HD recording eyeTV 500 — now this kick’s ass….no costly agreements, no hidden costs, just buy the unit and use it with a Mac only.

  2. Yes, welcome back, Tera! I know things are better when you’re back on MDN. I agree with you. The first thing I thought of was the old rumor of Apple grabbing TiVo. I think the January announcements from Apple may be especially interesting. I have already heard that Apple will be adding some “interesting” iTunes content.

  3. A nice feature for Tivo, provided it makes it to the Mac. However, with the time factor, it’s probably too little, too late.

    From day one, Tivo’s problems have always been due to their inability to determine which master to serve. The consumer or the entertainment industry. When Tivo started, they were very a consumer oriented company, but they caved when the entertainment industry starting making demands. The way Tivo fell over themselves acceding to them, you would have thought the entertainment industry had won the Betamax decision.

    Which is why it is doubful Apple will buy Tivo. Despite a lackluster “pro-consumer” rep (due turning a blind eye to tivo hacking, rather than supporting it), Tivo has too many entanglements and made too many concessions to the entertainment industry.

    Why should Apple buy a can of worms when they can “can” what they want.

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    hello folks the softwear has been out for months, you have to buy it and its $80 but its made for tivo and does a bunch of other stuff theres even a link on tivos webpage. . Toast titanium is the version and it has the tivo to go built into it and will let you click to convert it into ipod (mpeg4) format and even put it into you itunes movies for you. heres tivos page to buy it from roxio.

    i will warn ya though , it does take about an hr but i get it started before i go to bed. sync in the morning and i have “that 70s show” at my lunch break.

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