Written by Adrian Covert.
Following previous revelations that TiVo would be teaming up with CinemaNow to provide users with Disney movie rentals straight from their DVRs, they appear ready to unleash that content to the public, with digital film provider Jaman.com also along for the ride. Rentals from CinemaNow will be available next week for $2.99, while content from Jaman.com is available now for $1.99, with a 24-hour rental period for both. CinemaNow will only offer Disney rentals on TiVo for now, but plan to include movies from other studios in the near future. A number of shorts and full-length movies on Jaman.com are also available for free.
Contrary to previous promises of HD, movies only come in standard definition and include Disney classics like Dumbo, major blockbuster films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, and independent favorites including Supersize Me. With the current streaming media arms race going on between electronics companies, TiVo is actively trying to differentiate itself from competitors as more than just a DVR.
Adrian Covert is a San Francisco-based tech journalist and television addict.