TiVo Finally Wakes Up, And Offers Worthy Upgrades

TiVo Series3 With yesterday’s announcement that it will offer support for the My DVR Expander, progressive viewing, TiVoToGo, and a multi-room viewing feature, TiVo is finally giving its Series3 and HD boxes an upgrade.

It’s been worth the wait.

TiVo’s (TIVO) decision to partner with My DVR Expander is one of the most important strategic moves it has made in quite some time. My DVR Expander is essentially a big hard drive made by Western Digital, that can be plugged into a TiVo or a set-top box to expand its storage capacity. As you already know, some Scientific Atlanta (CSCO) cable boxes offered to subscribers of cable companies like Time Warner (TWX) and Comcast (CMCSA) already support the use of the My DVR Expander. TiVo too seems to have realized the advantage of incorporating the device, especially now that HD is becoming common place and needs a lot of storage room.

Next, it’s quite apparent TiVo is feeling the heat from Vudu. By allowing users to download movies at any time and start watching them even before the download is complete, Vudu is eliminating what can be a prohibitive waiting period for viewers. Realizing that Vudu is a threat to its TiVoCast and Amazon Unbox (AMZN) options, TiVo is offering similar progressive-download capability on its own device.

In an attempt to address some issues TiVo users have had with their inability to take files from a PC to a TV, TiVo now allows you to do just that with TiVoToGo. It should have been available a long time ago, but it will compete well against devices like Apple TV (AAPL) or Media Center Extenders.

But perhaps the most sought-after feature by TiVo fans is the ability to stream video from one room to another. With the inclusion of this feature, viewers have yet another reason to dump the DVR and pick up a TiVo. And while, similarly, it would have been nice if TiVo offered this functionality sooner, its addition is further evidence of the company’s ability to adapt in order to create a more rewarding experience for its customers.

What do you think about these new features? Do they make you love your TiVo more than you already did? Or are you ready to move on to newer devices?

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