TiVo's Road Ahead

I’ve had two Phillips DSR6001 DirecTiVo’s for over 5 years (the DirecTV built-in tuner variety) because it allowed for recording off of two tuners simultaneously and it eliminated one extra box (the DTV tuner) from my entertainment systems. I’ve always worried that somewhere down the road the TiVo service our family loves and depends on – remember there’s three children 3 years old and younger in the house – might disappear leaving me with an electronic boat anchor. TiVo is the only reason we can watch anything, and the DirecTiVo allowed us to record Friend and Survivor at the same time, which a regular TiVo couldn’t do.

Ever since Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. bought DirecTV I’ve heard the rumor that they would drop the TiVo service from their DVR’s. I noticed that the packaging for new models are now called DirecTV DVR’s and in small print on the packaging it is noted that they feature the TiVo service. Is that a harbinger of things to come? Is DirecTV going to squash the puny TiVo folks? Better head off to the TiVo Community Board to find out the scoop…

So today The Los Angeles Times reports that TiVo’s will no longer skip past advertisers. I read the whole article (as should you) and am not among those that think the world is about to end for TiVo fans. On the other hand I’m not quite as worried about News Corp cutting TiVo out of the equation either.

I, for one, welcome our new Australian publishing tycoon overlords.

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