BBC builds a monster TiVo

tvSimon Andrews points to a news item about BBC trying to develop a monster TiVo with capacity of 3.2 terabyte. Consumers can pick and choose what news programs they want to save and watch at a later stage. BBC is calling it Pandora/Promise.TV, and is part of BBC’s efforts to experiment with technologies that will keep them relevant for lot longer. It is still at prototype stage, and be long before it will be ready for prime-time.

> is NOT just a giant PVR. is, in effect, an entirely impersonal PVR. It is non-discriminating allowing any viewer to watch any programme at any time over the stored seven day period. (Check out Promise.TV)

I have to admit, this is pretty interesting development, something US cable companies should consider. However, there might be some legal (and copyright) issues around this in the US, whereas BBC can get away with it, because it owns much of the content. Time Warner (my employers) had something like this in the works called Mystro TV but had to shelve it because of rights-related issues. If this model works, it could come in handy for folks over at PBS, who can use this technology to develop an alternative revenue stream. All PBS programs for $4.99 a month – who wouldn’t want that. And with Google hosting all the video… possibilities.