Julie Tamaki writes: "TiVo Inc. today is expected to announce a service that allows its digital video recorders to save programs to iPods and PlayStation Portables, further untethering television from time and place. ¶ The new offering builds on TiVo's existing TiVo to Go feature, which enables some subscribers to transfer shows to a laptop or PC via a home network. TiVo executives said the company was responding to a proliferation of portable devices. ..." Link: Los Angeles Times. Thanks to Stephen Hill for the tip.
The story is also on p. B1 of today's Wall Street Journal, but it's not linkable for free viewing. Also see TiVo-recorded shows soon viewable on iPod, PSP (link: CNET News.com) and TiVo to Transfer Shows to iPods, Sony PSP (link: New York Times).
Commentary on this announcement is coming fast. A sampling:
-- From Ken "Caesar" Fisher (TiVo's support for iPod and PSP portends battle): "... How will the content industry react? Privately, I expect many of the big players are fuming. We can probably add Steve Jobs to the hoppin' mad list, because TiVo is not only looking to cash in on the popularity of the iPod, but they're doing it both without Apple's permission and right in the face of Apple's iTunes Music Store. Apple may sell a few more iPods as a result, but Apple's complete business model centrally locates the iTunes Music Store in the user experience. We've all heard the ruminations on how Apple makes so very little off of music and video sales. Their stature and stock price suggest otherwise. So do the actions of the content industry. ..." Link: ars technica.
-- From Scott Ard (FAQ: Behind TiVo's play for iPod, PSP): "... TiVo already has a service called TiVoToGo. What's new here? TiVoToGo lets owners of TiVo boxes transfer TV shows to their computers, including laptops. The content can also be transferred to gadgets compatible with Microsoft's Portable Media Center format. TiVo is expanding that service by permitting shows to be encoded and transferred to Sony's portable game machine, the PlayStation Portable, and to iPods capable of playing video. ¶ Isn't it already possible to transfer video to these devices? Yes, with various bits of software. But TiVo promises to make the process simple, as well as faster. For example, the company says an "auto-sync" feature will allow users to automatically update their portable devices each morning with shows taped the night before. If done well, this could be equivalent of Apple Computer's iTunes software, which streamlined the process of transferring music files from a PC to a portable player. Ease of use played a big part in making the iPod popular. ..." Link: CNET News.com.
--From Rafat Ali (TV Networks Mulling Legal Action Against TiVo For iPod Service): Link: paidContent.org. Also TiVo Downloads Coming Soon To iPods, PSP. Link: paidContent.org.
--From Chris Preimesberger: TiVo Handheld Device Software Draws Ire at TV Network. Link: eWeek. That would be NBC. --Dennis