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ontheverge is offline Old Post 12-13-2002 01:07 AM
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TiVo Music and Pictures Premium Service announced

It has been teased but now official - launching at CES in Jan will be music and picture support.
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TiVo plans to enable home music, pictures service
Thursday December 12, 1:51 pm ET

NEW YORK, Dec 12 (Reuters) - TiVo Inc. (NasdaqNM:TIVO - News) on Thursday said its television recording system will soon be able to play digital music and show pictures stored in personal computers.

Data stored in file formats such as MP3 and JPEG will appear on the television that is connected to the TiVo set-top box, company Chief Executive Michael Ramsey told investors at a Credit Suisse First Boston Conference.

The company will likely charge an additional fee for the premium service, which will be launched in January at the Consumer Electronics Association's CES conference in Las Vegas, he said.

"There's a whole set of packages that we are doing and the main theme is around broadband and home networking. It is our next big thing," Ramsey told Reuters after the presentation.

TiVo, whose technology allows users to save hours of TV shows onto a hard drive in a set-top box and makes suggestions for other programming choices, derives most of its revenue from subscribers' fees and licensing agreements with manufacturers.

The new initiatives, which include a way for users to program recording times away from home through a Web site, would provide the company with additional streams of revenue.

Ramsey also reiterated TiVo's forecast that its subscribers will double to 1 million in fiscal 2004, which begins in February.

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I wonder what the "extra" charges will be for this added benefit?? More than a couple $$'s on top of my current sub would be my limit of interest...

Picture and MP3 storage is nice, but I already get that on my PC...or better yet, on my DVD player via CDRW's... Not sure if this is worth too much for me.

Remote programming was not mentioned but would be a feature I might acutally USE. Hopefully they offer ala carte pricing...not just a single pricey bundle...

Thanks for the link!

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Re-read the release...

I had assumed this would be a file transfer/storage model from the PC to TiVo. The way I read the press release...might this be a passthru to the PC, which maintains the files?? TiVo as "player"...

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There's more than what was mentioned in that article. Quite a bit more, actually.

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quote:
Originally posted by markp99
Remote programming was not mentioned but would be a feature I might acutally USE. Hopefully they offer ala carte pricing...not just a single pricey bundle...

Thanks for the link!



Actually remote programming is mentioned in the link and yes there will be a charge for it. I think I will stick to the Series 1 DTivo and SA.

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quote:
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There's more than what was mentioned in that article. Quite a bit more, actually.

Pony

I call upon the faithful members of this forum that live anywhere near TiVo headquarters to go over and pinch this man.

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...Pony is such a tease!

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Series2 only? Or do we Series1 folks get to play, too?

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quote:
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There's more than what was mentioned in that article. Quite a bit more, actually.

Pony



I'd certainly hope so, otherwise *yawn*.

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TiVo's fee is already too much for too little functionality. We should get additional services at no charge.

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Sounds like several solutions for which there are no problems. There have been more than adequate methods to transmit pictures and music to a TV set for years, and the TiVo connection offers no obvious advantage unless the extra features TiVoPony hints at are truly spectacular.

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quote:
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There's more than what was mentioned in that article. Quite a bit more, actually


There'd have to be for me to consider upgrading. I'm highly underwhelmed with what they've said so far.

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Implicitely Implied by the article -

1. Networked functionality
2. Multi-media support not just video
3. Internet connectivity and remote scheduling

Suggested by interpretation

"will soon be able to play digital music and show pictures stored in personal computers. "

1. Access media stored outside the unit

(which could potentially open up the ability to use external drives to increase video storage capacity.)

"There's a whole set of packages that we are doing ..."

2. Different groups of functionalilty and pricing packages


Hopefull.....

If external storage is enabled, it's possible that HDTV support could become reality....

I wonder if the same features will be available for DirecTivo's as SA's????

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How would you folks use TiVo's new ability to play MP3 and JPEG files?

Creative ideas wanted...

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To be honest, sharing music and pictures doesn't do much for me. The ability to use external data storage does. I'd love to add capacity buy purchasing external drives and just plugging them in. Also hope it will support HDTV recording.

For those looking to share digital pictures, check out www.ceiva.com Neat little product. Since we live in different states than parents, it's ideal for sharing digital pictures with low-tech relatives. If Tivo supported picture sharing with non-Tivo subscribers.....like Ceiva does - - well that might be worth it.

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Well it's like an updated version of when you take the kids up to grandmas for the dreaded vacation slide show, except this time it's on TV.

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quote:
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How would you folks use TiVo's new ability to play MP3 and JPEG files?

Creative ideas wanted...


It doesn't have the ability yet.

I have something that will handle MP3's better - an AudioTron.

I doubt that a Series 1 will get this update anyway.

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I have thousands of digital pictures stored on my computer, and every time I want to show someone the pictures, we have to retire to the study, huddle around the desk, wait for the computer to boot up, find the right program, launch it, wait, etc.....

Being able to do this from my Tivo would be very nice.

Also, one of the most captivating screen savers in the world is the one that plays a slideshow of random photos constantly.....Imagine being able to do that on every TV in your house.....

I believe the concept will be very simliar to MS's MediaCenter.

The press release reads "play digital music and show pictures stored in personal computers" not "share digital pictures with grandma in Fargo"

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file management

Thousands of pictures and thousands of songs.... TiVo better have a better way of organizing the data than has been shown on "Now Playing" - chronological doesn't cut it for jpgs and mp3s.

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mmmm...folders....

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