Not even a month ago, spy site ThinkSecret reported that Apple
Allow me to explain. According to a Reuters story published on Sunday, marginalized TiVo rival ReplayTV, now owned by Tokyo-based D&M Holdings, plans to allow personal computers to tune into and record live television. The official press release came Monday. Within, it says that ReplayTV will create software to be bundled with PC-TV tuners made by Hauppauge Computer Works.
Can this possibly hurt TiVo? ReplayTV seems to think so. The lead of the release maintains that the PC is globally the "fastest growing video entertainment platform." In other words: You'll soon pull up roots from the couch, forsake your TiVo, and stare at the tube on your desk.
Or maybe not. No doubt, the announcement is interesting. And TiVo could see some problems when the integrated products become available sometime during 2006. But I think it's more important to understand what the announcement represents. Between the latest Apple rumor, DirecTV's
That brings me back to Google. A potential problem for TiVo is its lack of broadband connectivity. But this is also a problem for every other DVR maker. TiVo has a budding relationship with Comcast
Pause? Rewind? No problem. Your related Foolishness is right here:
- Maybe it's time to admit that Google should buy TiVo.
- Is TiVo the Next Big Thing? Uh-oh.
- Could it be that Sirius
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