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Google, DirecTV Team on TV Search Option

Viewers can look for shows on satellite service, web videos

(Newser) - Google and DirecTV are testing a service in which viewers can search for programs from the satellite provider or Internet videos, using a keyboard and a set-top box that runs Google software. Only company employees are using the equipment, sources tell the Wall Street Journal —which points out that... More »

DVR Viewers Give Ratings Boost to Grey's, Others

Execs hope these watchers will eventually translate into ad dollars

(Newser) - TV networks dismayed at low ratings early in the season are getting a ray of hope in the form of the once-feared DVR. Sure, ad buyers won’t pay out when a viewer watches Grey’s Anatomy on TiVo, but that and other shows are gaining a massive audience days... More »

You Skipping Ads? TiVo Plans to Sell That Info

(Newser) - Watch out Nielsen, here comes TiVo. The company that allows you to skip ads and store shows on its digital video recorder plans to sell your viewing habits to stations and advertisers, USA Today reports. Unlike Nielsen, TiVo can sell second-by-second breakdowns of the shows and ads people watch. But... More »

Blockbuster to Rent Movies on TiVo

(Newser) - Blockbuster kicked off its latest reinvention effort today, announcing a new plan to beam on-demand movies through TiVo DVRs. One senior VP called the deal “step one in getting to the places that consumers care about.” Blockbuster will also sell TiVo DVRs in its stores, as part of... More »

Time to Give Netflix Its Dot-Com Due

Disciplined growth has helped it through many setbacks

(Newser) - Despite plenty of naysayers, Netflix boasts success like few other dot-coms, Chris O’Brien writes in the San Jose Mercury News. The movie-rental service reported record earnings despite the recession, “a neat trick that eBay and Yahoo could only dream of emulating.” Netflix’s innovative distribution system, inventory... More »

TiVo Adds Domino's to Its Menu

Users can order Domino's pizza from their TVs

(Newser) - Hungry? Don't get up from the couch. TiVo customers can now order Domino's pizza right on their TVs, the Wall Street Journal reports, in a promotion that pops up when a customer forwards through a Domino's commercial. The promotion has two goals: Beefing up the pizza chain's bottom line—shares... More »

TiVo Brings Netflix to a TV Near You

Companies finally join forces to offer streaming video

(Newser) - Starting in December, TiVo owners will be able to watch Netflix movies and TV episodes on their televisions, Ars Technica reports. Consumers will need to own a compatible TiVo device and subscribe to both services to get access to over 12,000 movies and shows. The companies first discussed a... More »

DVR Second Only to Cell Among Gizmos: Survey

Dishwashers, iPods trail TV recorder among consumers who own one

(Newser) - Consumers prefer digital video recorders to nearly every other appliance and gadget they own, a survey finds. The group asked 1,012 DVR owners across four countries to rank their gadgets and appliances. The respondents overwhelmingly elected the DVR their second-most essential gadget (behind their cell phones), and third-most valuable... More »

TiVo-Amazon Deal Offers Onscreen Buying

DVR pioneer aims to create 'underpinnings of a future business model for TV'

(Newser) - TiVo and Amazon have teamed to introduce a “product purchase” tool that will allow viewers to buy the products being plugged onscreen, the New York Times reports. Soon, when Oprah Winfrey plugs a book or David Letterman talks up his musical guest, TiVo customers will be able to order... More »

Top 10 Reasons Hillary Clinton Loves America

Candidate runs down the details for David Letterman

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton took some time off the campaign trail on primary eve to appear on David Letterman. Here, the “Top 10 Reasons Hillary Clinton Loves America”:
  1. We have more Dakotas than every other country combined
  1. Canadian bacon: soggy and chewy; American bacon: crisp and delicious
  1. Thanks to the Internet,
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YouTube Opens to Developers

Expect more options for videos soon—including watching them on TiVo

(Newser) - YouTube is opening up to software developers, the company said Wednesday. Programmers can create new interfaces to play videos, for example, or let users upload clips to YouTube directly from other sites. And later this year, viewers will be able to watch YouTube videos via TiVo. The open platform won’... More »

TiVo Wins Patent Suit on Appeal

Court decides that DVRs violated 'time-shifting' patent

(Newser) - TiVo's share price soared after an appeals court ruled that EchoStar Holding and Dish Network had been illegally using TiVo's "time-warp" recording software, the Wall Street Journal reports. TiVo has been trying to expand its business beyond set-top box making and into licensing its technology, which lets users pause,... More »

Comcast, TiVo Team Up in Boston

National service will roll out later

(Newser) - TiVo and Comcast have rolled out their promised joint service in the Boston area, with national distribution to follow. The service sends TiVo software to Comcast-provided digital video recorders in a first that TiVo hopes to repeat with other cable providers, USA Today reports. TiVo lost hundreds of thousands of... More »

TiVo Changes Tune, Plays Nice with Media

Banner ads, ratings welcome additions for network partners

(Newser) - TiVo isn’t a media pariah anymore, the New York Times reports, thanks to a series of moves to buddy up with networks it once scared. TiVo recently signed a deal to provide NBC with second-by-second ratings of programs, showing exactly which ads people are watching. It has also developed... More »

NBC Looks to TiVo to Help Sell Clients

Network is hoping to corral ad zappers by tapping DVR data

(Newser) - NBC Universal will begin using viewership data gleaned from TiVo digital video recorders beginning in January, making it the first of the major networks to have access to second-by-second ratings of programming and commercials from TiVo, reports the Wall Street Journal. The network hopes TiVo will help it develop effective... More »

Soon, Advertisers Will Get You Too

DVR pioneer Tivo sells demographic data

(Newser) - With cable companies crowding the TV recording industry it once lorded over, TiVo has found a new revenue stream – selling advertisers info about commercial skippers. Already purveyors of minute-by-minute ratings for shows, TiVo will now offer demographic details to hungry advertisers, the Wall Street Journal reports. “I want... More »

Early Adopters' Bragging Rights Dwindle

iPhone-style steep and rapid price drops becoming norm

(Newser) - Only two months after the launch of the iPhone, Apple angered its fan base of early adopters by dropping the phone's price sharply. Apple's move signals a broader shift in product life cycles: the shelf life of bragging rights for which early adopters of new gadgets pay premium prices is... More »

New Deal Lets Users Stream Music Via TiVo

Rhapsody inks agreement for content via video recorder

(Newser) - Rhapsody, the digital music arm of RealNetworks and Viacom, has inked a deal to allow its content on TiVo digital video recorders. Rhapsody allows users to access—but not download—an unlimited number of songs for a monthly fee, and today's agreement will allow users to stream that content into... More »

How TiVo Can Save Your Show

Replay numbers will give huge boost to many scripted shows

(Newser) - If video killed the radio star, then TiVo might be the salvation of your favorite bad show. Nielson will include DVR playback numbers in this season's ratings, the LA Times reports, which will mean big boosts for some—like CBS’ “Big Bang Theory,” up 13% on playback—and... More »

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