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Tivo and Comcast – together at last?

March 16, 2005

Speaking of signs of the impending apocolypse, apparently Comcast and Tivo have actually kissed and made up, and cut a deal to offer Tivo to Comcast cable customers.

Of course, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether they’ll actually market it in such a manner as to be enough to save Tivo from shuffling off into that long dark night…

“Comcast will continue to market its own DVR. Most new customers now get a dual-tuner DVR, which lets viewers record two shows at once as well as high-definition television; TiVo offers such features only to DirectTV satellite customers.”

Maybe Tivo ought to just be licensing the interface (which is still better than anything else out there) and get over everything else. 

Give a generic PVR customer the Tivo interface for a month, and then turn on the other interface if they don’t pony up, and I’d bet you’d make $5 per month per customer in a hot hurry.

Of course, maybe Apple ought to be licensing OS X for x86 machines, too, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen in our lifetimes.



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