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Set-top box maker TiVo has introduced a new Slingbox-like product that lets users stream live- or DVR-recorded TV to tablets, notebooks and smart phones.

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Set-top box maker TiVo has introduced a new Slingbox-like product that lets users stream live or DVR-recorded TV to tablets, notebooks and smartphones.

Showcased Monday at the Cable Show in Boston, TiVo Stream enables users of TiVo Premiere or Premiere Q digital video recorders to view video from their multichannel subscription on devices including the iPad on iPhone.

The transcoding product is similar to EchoStar’s Slingbox, but differs in that it streams or downloads programs to multiple mobile devices without disrupting living-room viewing.

In addition, TiVo also unveiled a new IP set-top box that allows Premiere Q users to view live or recorded TV from any room in the house.

TiVo will debut both products at retail, or through partnerships with multichannel TV service providers including DirecTV, Charter Communications, Suddenlink and the UK’s Virgin Media, later this year.

The offerings come as TiVo has finally re-captured some of its long-lost momentum. Infused by its Virgin deal, the company posted a net gain of 387,000 subscribers using its boxes and DVR interface in 2011, its first usage uptick in several years.

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  1. Nice. Can’t wait for this!

  2. ” Infused by its Virgin deal, the company posted a net gain of 387,000 subscribers using its boxes and DVR interface in 2011, its first usage uptick in several years”

    But these aren’t TiVo’s customers – they’re Virgin’s. There’s nothing TiVo can do to interact with them or to retain them and the dreadful quality of the UK TiVo means there’s a good chance that churn will shoot up once the first wave of ordinary customers come up for renewal.

    As anyone who pops by VM’s forums know, UK customers are still waiting for FULL red button services, reminders and for the box to use a single tuner to record back to back programmes on the same channel.

    It also can’t search music on demand content stored on VM’s own network AND users are experiencing a fault where the iPlayer app cuts off the ends of programmes.

    All of these things were done without problem by the now killed-off V+HD and when VM advertised the TiVo as doing all that box did and more the ASA asked them to stop making the claim.

    PLus what are the chances of VM actually getting the rights to stream content between boxes?

  3. While most of Martin’s comments are true; TiVo from Virgin Media is a great product and the GUI is similar to US with few differences. I agree with Martin, what are the chances??

  4. given that its like slingbox/vulkano, whats the expected street price?

  5. Thanks. semih016.com

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