PC Magazine seems to have received early access to TiVo press release due to hit Monday, as they’re reporting on new features coming in TiVo Desktop Plus 2.6. Desktop Plus 2.6 will bring support for web video to the TiVo in a more seamless fashion. Users will be able to subscribe to their favorite video blogs’ RSS feeds and the software will automatically download the videos and prepare them for playback on the TiVo. Even better, high-definition web video will remain HD when played back on the Series3 or TiVo HD. And one that that should make a lot of users happy – 2.6 will reportedly bring support for folders to help keep videos organized. The lack of folder support in TiVo Desktop has long been a complaint from users.
The downside is that the software won’t be available until March, and it will keep the same $24.95 price as today’s Plus upgrade. Note that Plus upgrades are transferable, so if you already have it you’ll be able to use it in 2.6 when it is released.
Mac users aren’t being left out either – Roxio Toast 9 will offer similar features for them, also in March. No word on if the next version of Roxio Popcorn will see similar updates.
EDIT: It seems PCMag was talking out of school. There is a Mac solution in the works, but at this time there is no official word on what form it will take or when it will be available.
The press release will probably hit the wire in the morning, and I’ll see what they have on display at the show when it opens.