TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), today announced that it will debut a break-through new service early next year which will provide friends and families scattered across the country with an easy way to share their home videos, by sending them directly to the television. Rather than burning and mailing DVDs, or viewing videos uploaded on a computer, friends and family will now be able to set-up their own private channel to send home videos directly to a TiVo subscriber’s TV set.
This looks pretty nifty. I’d never heard of One True Media, but it looks like a fairly easy-to-use site for sharing video, and making ‘montages’ with uploaded photos, video, and music. A bit different from, say, YouTube or Google Video. (Though I think a similar arrangement with either, or both, of those sites would be a ‘killer app’ for TiVo – maybe the new 2.4 Desktop can help there.) Because you’ll be able to get a Season Pass to new videos from any given account, I could see people using it for a kind of Video Blog too. That’s kind of intriguing – thinking of things like the Series3 review I did a few months ago. Something like that done as a review video that any TiVo owner (well, S2 or S3) can watch would be interesting. Of course, I’m not really an ‘on camera’ personality.