TiVo plans to introduce a high-resolution digital video recorder and deliver programming over the Internet, in an effort to differentiate itself from recording services offered by cable and satellite providers, the company said Thursday.
TiVo said it will launch in early 2006 a cable-ready, high-definition DVR with CableCARD built in that also includes a cable tuner.
So early 2006. That’s later than I’d hoped, but still within reason IMHO. HDTV is really starting to grow, but it is still a small market segment of the overall TV market. Coming out at that point should also mean they’ll be supporting 2-way CableCARD, which I think is the right choice – instead of coming out now with one-way tuners that will be obsolete in a year. And if the market pressures pick up, they could always accelerate these plans.
I also wanted to note I’ll probably be posting news in the Blu-ray Disc LJ community as well for those interested in that tech.