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Apple to Sell TiVo's?

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In TiVo's quarterly financial call yesterday, it was mentioned that Apple will begin selling TiVos in some of its retail stores.

TiVo announced their results yesterday, with better than expected numbers. TiVo's Home Media Option allows the sharing of songs and photos with your computer and provides Mac support.
 

agreenster

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Man thats weird. I wish Apple would develop their own version, or work with TiVo to that everything can be controlled via your mac. Id love to have my Powerbook be the center of my home entertainment system.
 
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Sonofhaig

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TiVo's Home Media Option allows the sharing of songs and photos with your computer and provides Mac support.

Isn't this product for recording TV broadcasts?
 
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psxndc

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I hope this will lead to further collaboration at the product level... splooge.

-p
 
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dynamicd

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Originally posted by Sonofhaig
TiVo's Home Media Option allows the sharing of songs and photos with your computer and provides Mac support.

Isn't this product for recording TV broadcasts?

Originally it was for just recording TV broadcasts, but I believe that they expanded to other features, like the fore-mentioned Media Option. Not completely sure though.
 
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szark

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Originally posted by Sonofhaig
TiVo's Home Media Option allows the sharing of songs and photos with your computer and provides Mac support.

Isn't this product for recording TV broadcasts?

The Home Media Option allows your photos to be viewed on your TV, and your songs to be played through your TV sound system.
 
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NitzerX

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This is could be wicked cool. Who's hardware are they going to sell? TiVo doesn't build any itself. Hmmm... :cool:
 
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Le Big Mac

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Re: splooge

Originally posted by psxndc
I hope this will lead to further collaboration at the product level... splooge.

-p

That's where I see the benefit. Sure, we'd love it to be an Apple machine, but why have the company get distracted with things that aren't its core business.

What's much more important is that it suggests the two companies will cooperate, so the products will work together. THat's great, since usually stuff like this works only with windoze junk.
 
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macquariumguy

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Hopefully this means the TiVo HMO will soon support AAC (right now it's MP3 only).

For me, it's a moot point. I have a Series I TiVo standalone, which doesn't do HMO, and I have a Series 2 DirecTiVo, which also doesn't do HMO.

I would LOVE to see Apple just buy TiVo.
 
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lmalave

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Originally posted by carletonmusic
I say stay pure with apple stuff.

Apple retail stores already sell EyeTV, why not Tivo? After all, Tivo is a great showcase for Rendezvous integration...
 
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AidenShaw

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Interesting system requirements for HMO

Interesting set of requirements:

Mac: OS X 10.2, 400MHz G3, 256MB, iTunes 3.0.1

PC: Win98/WinME/Win2K/WinXP, 233MHz PII, 64MB
 
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rogermhsu

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This is could be wicked cool. Who's hardware are they going to sell? TiVo doesn't build any itself. Hmmm...

Actually, TiVo does make their own hardware. In addition, many of the largest consumer electronics companies make set-top boxes that contain TiVo functionality. One of the largest manufacturers of TiVo-enabled set-top boxes is Hughes who makes an integrated DirecTV/TiVo set-top box (it is a totally awesome product!). Other manufacturers include Sony, Philips, and perhaps some others that I can't think of right now.
 
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MorganX

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Isn't Tivo subscription based? I don't think it will see any more success than it already has.

It's good that Apple is willing to work with others' technology, but I think they could have found something more cutting edge, than Tivo.
 
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macgenerate

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I wondered why I saw Tivo's sitting on the floor at the Columbus, Oh Apple Store last Tuesday. Now I know... There were only 2 or 3 tivo boxes and they weren't really displayed well, actually they were sitting under one of the computer counters.. but they were there, I actually almost bought one.

Anyway, just though I would post my observation.
 
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fixyourthinking

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Probably Philips

Originally posted by NitzerX
This is could be wicked cool. Who's hardware are they going to sell? TiVo doesn't build any itself. Hmmm... :cool:

They probably will go with Philips since the two are partner on Rendezvous for future products.;)
 
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jelloshotsrule

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Originally posted by carletonmusic
I say stay pure with apple stuff.

like many mice that are cross platform?

or non apple software?

sure, it would work with the mac i'd say... but i think this is a decent indication that perhaps there will be some connection between the two sometime in the future, if not very soon.
 
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NavyIntel007

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This is great... the more hardware manufacturers that open up the compatability with Apple will only lead to good things. That means people won't sit on the fence and say "well I can't buy an apple because it doesn't work with my tivo." Plus I think it works good for tivo because they may sell more products to people who have both PCs and macs.
 
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rogermhsu

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Isn't Tivo subscription based? I don't think it will see any more success than it already has.

Yes, TiVo is generally subscription based. I say generally because you can get it for free if you get the high-end DirecTV channel package. Otherwise, it costs $5/month with any other DirecTV package. I think it costs $12.95/month with cable.

In terms of success, I think they can be very successful. Their most recent quarterly results showed very strong growth. And if you've ever used TiVo, you'd likely agree that they have a very compelling product. It's somewhat hard to convey exactly what the product does, but once you've used it, you'll never want to go back to watching "regular" TV.
 
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bbarnhart

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Originally posted by MorganX
Isn't Tivo subscription based? I don't think it will see any more success than it already has.

You must have missed the link about Tivo's most recent quarter. Again, cnet news.com has Tivo's 1Q results.
 
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Hawthorne

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Cool.

Now, if only we could get the recorded TV shows off of the TiVo and onto my Mac. As I understand, you can hack a Series 1 box to do that, I believe, but not a Series 2.
 
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Styx

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TiVo facts...

Let me clarify a few things that may have been mistakenly posted:

I have a TiVo series 2 DVR and the Home Media Option (HMO). Here is the scoop.

- records TV shows
- pauses live TV
- connects to home network through USB to Ethernet adapter (either wired or wireless)
- it is not Rendezvous, yet! You have to configure settings manually.
- displays pictures from iPhoto libraries (w/ HMO)
- plays iTunes playlists (w/HMO, but only MP3's. It does not currently support AAC files as purchased on iTunes Music Store, bummer!)
- It can be a subscription service if you wish it to be at $12.95 per month, or buy a single lifetime membership for $299.
- Home Media Option (which gives you the iPhoto and iTunes functionality as well as remote access from the web) costs at a cost of $99, a one time fee.

If you were to make a home entertainment purchase this year, this is the one to make. It will revolutionize the way you watch TV and bring your music and photos to the big screen!
 
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maxvamp

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re: Interesting system requirements for HMO

Interesting set of requirements:

Mac: OS X 10.2, 400MHz G3, 256MB, iTunes 3.0.1

PC: Win98/WinME/Win2K/WinXP, 233MHz PII, 64MB

I personally shudder at the thought of trying to do anything on a PII 233 w/ 64MB of RAM running XP. I have used such a system, and I seriously doubt it would come close to doing anything you want.

At least on the Mac specs. There is enough memory to allow the OS to work.

I wouldn't try to run this app on either set of minimum speed machines, and if I did, my money would be on the Mac to out perform.

Max
 
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