Oh, this is interesting. TiVo is adding movie downloads from Jaman.com as a compliment to the existing Amazon Unbox service. Jaman specializes in independent and international films, so it’ll provide content you don’t necessarily find via Unbox. (Still waiting for Anime Network downloads folks. You can make it happen…) Also interesting is that it is referred to as “high-definition content from Jaman” and it will be available “in the coming months”, which seems to indicate that HD downloads are coming soon, as has been rumored. We know that the TiVo Desktop 2.6 web video update announced at CES includes HD capabilities for local transfers, so it sounds like HD downloads from the net are coming – and hopefully that will include HD Unbox downloads as well. As with Unbox, Jaman will offer both rental and purchase options, with prices starting at $1.99. There will also be a number of free downloads offered.
Jaman.com, a leading Internet movie service, and TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that TiVo subscribers will soon be able to access thousands of American independent and international film titles directly from the TV screen via their TiVo DVR. The service will be available in the coming months to broadband-connected TiVo Series2™ and Series3™ subscribers. Viewers will be able to browse and select from Jamanâ€™s premier library, featuring internationally-acclaimed titles such as Oscar-nominated â€œPaheli,â€ â€œLoverboyâ€ (Sundance) with Kyra Sedgwick, â€œAll About Lily Chou-Chouâ€ (Berlin International Film Festival) and Dardennes Brothersâ€™ â€œLa Promesseâ€ (Cannes/Toronto), helping to open up a new world of content to TiVo subscribers.
See the press release for all the details.