Tivo Mobile – Tivo-To-Go on Portable Media Players

June 8, 2005

Reuters is reporting that TivoToGo is now available on Microsoft portable devices.

TiVo said TiVoToGo is now available on Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Centers — paperback-sized devices that can play digital music and videos — as well as certain Windows Mobile-based Smartphones and PocketPCs handheld

Doubtless “Certain Windows Mobile-based Smartphones and PocketPCs” means those running the very newest version of Windows Mobile. Which unfortunately leaves my beloved Toshbia e-800 (with it’s large screen and VGA resolution) out of the picture, due to the lack of an updated Windows Media Player and its attendant DRM.

If the media industry is going to shove DRM down our throats (and there is now sign of that abating), they need to get together and decide on some interoperability standards.

I realize that none of the major DRM players wants to cooperate, as each of them wants to own the whole market (or have a big licensing fee for the pieces they don’t own), but this kind of stuff is not going to hasten adoption.

If I have a Tivo, MCE 2005, a Mac and a Dish PVR (and I do), I don’t want to have to have 3 or 4 different portable media solutions in order to play music or video off of any of these devices.

On the other hand, if you have a device that will play music and video from my iTunes and MCE, and video from my Tivo and Dish PVRs, I’m probably going to end up with that device in my pocket…

(via engadget)

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