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August 14, 2005

Tivo Looks Toward Internet

According to CBS News, Tivo has inked a deal with the Independent Film Channel to allow users to upload video content from the Internet to their Tivo. For some beta testers, the trial will begin next week:

TiVo has struck a deal with the Independent Film Channel to transmit several of the cable channel's shows through a broadband connection as part of a The deal would allow TiVo customers to download Independent Film Channel shows, even before they're shown on IFC. It's the latest attempt to wed television and the Internet, despite some technological hurdles. A group of customers were asked to take part in the test and those who chose to participate will begin receiving the IFC shows next week, said TiVo spokesman Elliot Sloane.

It's wishful thinking but I hope Tivo opens this functionality up and puts the functionality in their Tivo Desktop application to allow users to upload their own home movies and Tivo files they previously downloaded using the Tivo Desktop application.

Regardless, it should be handy feature if they can ink more deals with more content providers. If Tivo is serous, it certainly turns up the heat for Akimbo.

Posted on August 14, 2005

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