TiVo goes mobile with new free service

TiVo isn’t just for couch potatoes anymore.

The box that has become synonymous with digital recording of television programs now has a mobile companion, the TiVoToGo service, for more restless viewers. The service, announced Monday, allows subscribers to transfer programs to laptops–as long as copyright protections are in place.

About MegaZone

MegaZone is the Editor of Gizmo Lovers and the chief contributor. He's been online since 1989 and active in several generations of 'social media' - mailing lists, USENet groups, web forums, and since 2003, blogging.    MegaZone has a presence on several social platforms: Google+ / Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / LiveJournal / Web.    You can also follow Gizmo Lovers on other sites: Blog / Google+ / Facebook / Twitter.
This entry was posted in TiVo. Bookmark the permalink.
  • mhaithaca

    I’ve already e-mailed to tell them they’d have sold me a Series2 box this week if they’d shipped the new service with a working Mac client. I know CES was the drop-dead deadline, but they should have either had a Mac client ready to go out the door, or had a better answer than “we’re working on it!” (At this point, they should be ready for a public beta if not a final product.)

    The intersection of TiVo users and Mac users is apparently unusually large, so I think they’re aware they need to do this. Wonder what the holdup was.

  • megazone

    From what I’ve heard – Apple is the holdup.

  • mhaithaca

    Then I should also drop Apple a note to say “Hm, I’m thinking about getting a Wintel box to go with my TiVo.”

  • eryn_

    I see. They’re distributing crippled software to transfer stuff we already have between devices inconveniently. Sure it’s a good idea, but it’s not really where I think the development time should have been spent.

    I know the software has to be crippled or they’ll go out of business, but they might as well have sold laptop cards bundled with a TiVo license and dodged the stand-alone device entirely. It makes about as much sense. If they’re going to add high-end features, they might as well make a high-end portable device entirely.