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Archive for the 'TiVo' Category

How DVRs Saved Television

by @ Monday, November 2nd, 2009. Filed under Technology, Television, TiVo

It took a long enough time, but it seems that television executives are figuring out that time-delay recording devices like TiVo are the best thing they ever happened to television:
In what may seem a media business version of the Stockholm syndrome, television network executives have fallen in love with a former tormentor: the digital video [...]

Blockbuster Surrenders To The Digital Age

by @ Wednesday, March 25th, 2009. Filed under Internet, Technology, TiVo

Very soon, Blockbuster will be offering it’s movies available on demand via TiVo:
With its lingering debt problems resolved for now, Blockbuster is pinning some of its hopes on a digital future.
The struggling video rental chain will announce a partnership with TiVo on Wednesday to deliver Blockbuster’s digital movie library over the Internet directly to the [...]

The End Of Network Television

by @ Sunday, December 14th, 2008. Filed under Technology, Television, TiVo

As pair of articles in The New York Times this weekend indicate, the recent announcement that Jay Leno would be taking over NBC’s weekday 10pm timeslot is another indication that Digitial Video Recorders are changing the nature of television:
The announcement of Mr. Leno’s show continues to reverberate on studio lots and executive corridors here, as [...]

The End Of Prime Time Television

by @ Monday, May 12th, 2008. Filed under Technology, Television, TiVo

An interesting article in The New York Times today talks about the changes being forced on television networks by the growing popularity of time-shifting technologies such as Digital Video Recorders:
This week, the television upfronts — in which the broadcast networks present their schedules to advertisers — will open with a mystery. Who stole six million [...]

Goodbye Video Store

by @ Thursday, July 12th, 2007. Filed under Technology, TiVo

The closing of our favorite neighborhood video store, thus relegating us to Blockbuster hell, has prompted me to sign up for something very cool, Amazon UnBox wiith TiVo.
How does the Amazon Unbox on TiVo service work?
Using Amazon Unbox on TiVo is easy. After a simple registration process, you will be able to shop for [...]

TV Viewing: DVR vs. Live

by @ Monday, April 30th, 2007. Filed under Technology, Television, TiVo

The New York Times has an interesting piece today on the differences between what types of shows people watch live and what type they watch on their DVR’s:
On April 4, the ABC series ?Lost? had 10.8 million viewers ? less than half the audience that ?American Idol? attracted an hour earlier on Fox. But among [...]

Joining TiVo Nation

by @ Thursday, February 8th, 2007. Filed under Technology, TiVo

Since Brad asked in his comment to this post, yes, it is true that the Mataconis family is now part of TiVo nation. We purchased our 2-tuner unit at the end of December and have been thoroughly enjoying it ever since. It truly does revolutionize the way you watch television.
The transition became complete last night [...]

Amazon And TiVo Teaming Up

by @ Wednesday, February 7th, 2007. Filed under Technology, TiVo

Speaking as both a loyal Amazon customer and a new TiVo user, this is very interesting
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6 ? Amazon.com, the online retail giant, and TiVo, pioneer of the digital video recorder, are teaming up to help downloaded movies and TV shows make the leap to television screens.
In a deal to be announced Wednesday, [...]

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