I think this is a great step forward for TiVo and one that I have been yelling that TiVo should focus on for some time. However, I think it doesn’t go nearly far enough. TiVo wants to set up a new gated community of video that they approve and that will download to “their” box. We approached TiVo about the ability to download any video to a customers TiVo box and their response was that they would need editorial control. They would need to be able to pre-filter any content that went to that customer’s TiVo box. This is just an untenable position.
So, as with remote scheduling, we’re building CozmoTV’s TiVo services without TiVo’s participation or assistance. It might not thrill them, but they’ll understand the value once we’re through. We’re going to drag them kicking and screaming into the future…:-)