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This is interesting. Looks like some of our wishes for broadband and remote record will now be fulfilled by Tivo. As much as I love them, I may be replacing my UTV's when this stuff is available. I'll quote the two most interesting parts.

""There's a whole set of packages that we are doing, and the main theme is around broadband and home networking. It is our next big thing," Ramsey told Reuters after the presentation."

"The new initiatives, which include a way for users to program recording times away from home through a Web site, would provide the company with additional streams of revenue."

http://news.com.com/2100-1040-977098.html?tag=fd_top

TiVo: If music be the food of profit...

By Reuters

December 12, 2002, 12:49 PM PT



TiVo said Thursday that its television recording system will soon be able to play digital music and show pictures stored in personal computers.

Data stored in file formats such as MP3 and JPEG will be accessible via televisions that are connected to a TiVo set-top box, company Chief Executive Michael Ramsey told investors at a Credit Suisse First Boston conference.


TiVo will likely charge an additional fee for the premium service, which will be launched in January at the Consumer Electronics Association's CES conference in Las Vegas, Ramsey said.


"There's a whole set of packages that we are doing, and the main theme is around broadband and home networking. It is our next big thing," Ramsey told Reuters after the presentation.


TiVo, whose technology lets users save hours of TV shows onto a hard drive in a set-top box and makes suggestions for other programming choices, derives most of its revenue from subscribers' fees and licensing agreements with manufacturers.


The new initiatives, which include a way for users to program recording times away from home through a Web site, would provide the company with additional streams of revenue.


Ramsey also reiterated TiVo's forecast that its subscribers will double to 1 million in fiscal 2004, which begins in February.


Story Copyright © 2002 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
 

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TiVo said Thursday that its television recording system will soon be able to play digital music and show pictures stored in personal computers.

Data stored in file formats such as MP3 and JPEG will be accessible via televisions that are connected to a TiVo set-top box, company Chief Executive Michael Ramsey told investors at a Credit Suisse First Boston conference.


TiVo will likely charge an additional fee for the premium service, which will be launched in January at the Consumer Electronics Association's CES conference in Las Vegas, Ramsey said.
Why would I want to pay TiVo/DTV to show on my TV what I already have on my PC? I have 5.1 in my PC, and I can run a line to my AV Receiver if I wanted to. JPGs on TV? My digital camera has a line out, if I want more then my flash cards can hold I will burn a PictureCD, my 50 APEX can play that. How often will you do a slide show on your TV? Maybe if you feel like torturing people with vacation pictures but after doing that once most people will not come back even if invited.


I hope there is more to it then that. Even remote record I would not pay extra for. Unless it was a per request charge, Oh my god I am at work and I forget XYZ was on!
 

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Oh I agree about the .jpeg/mp3 thing. I wouldn't have much use for it. The only thing that excited me was the remote record capability and the connotations the use of the word broadband brings. I also agree, that if there were a ridiculous fee I wouldn't be interested. But, with the Tivo fee now being half that of the UTV fee, then if they only charged $5 a month extra we'd be right back to what we pay now for UTV.
 

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Note that right now the USB ethernet capability in the HDVR2s is disabled, apparently at DirecTVs request, so you can't even make daily calls via broadband. I have no idea why DirecTV did this or how strongly they feel about it, but until I hear what their reasons and attitudes are, I wouldn't put money on when, or even if, HDVR2s will see broadband features.
 

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Note that right now the USB ethernet capability in the HDVR2s is disabled, apparently at DirecTVs request, so you can't even make daily calls via broadband. I have no idea why DirecTV did this or how strongly they feel about it, but until I hear what their reasons and attitudes are, I wouldn't put money on when, or even if, HDVR2s will see broadband features.
Good point. We all have UTVs with USB ports.


I cannot find the source but many have posted here that at the time of its release MS/UTV also touted many future USB features to come.
 

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Bear in mind that all those cool features listed above are most like likely for standalones only as the hardware and the service fees for combos are now under DTV. So, while standalones may get all that stuff, those of us with DTV may not. Unfortunately, we can no longer depend on the decisions of TiVo affecting all available units. From what I'm seeing, some of the advantages of having a combo unit (duel tuners, etc.) are being offset by other features being left out which is now eliminating most of the advantage of having a DTV unit. I wouldn't be surprised if those AT&T Didital cable subscribers that can now get combo units for digital cable will end up with more features (not to mention the units are rented, not purchased so you get a new one when things get upgraded). And with the fact they'll be able to get the NFL pack, DTV could see a lot of defections. At work, I've allready heard some people talking about doing just that. It may prove to be a mistake for DTV not to follow the standard TiVo business model.
 

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Where did you read that cable customers will be able to get the NFL Sunday Ticket (I assume that's what you are calling the "NFL pack").
 

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NFL and DIRECTV Extend and Expand Exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET Agreement for Five Years; NFL CHANNEL to Launch on DIRECTV

12/11/2002 12:49:00 PM



NEW YORK & EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec 11, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The National Football League and DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, announced today a five-year agreement to extend and expand DIRECTV's exclusive rights to carry NFL SUNDAY TICKET, the subscription television package that delivers up to 14 games each week during the NFL season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


The agreement includes a commitment to expand services to NFL fans, including the launch of the NFL CHANNEL on DIRECTV as early as next year. The NFL CHANNEL will be the first year-round television programming service fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. The NFL CHANNEL will be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, on a year-round basis.


DIRECTV will continue to have exclusive satellite television rights to NFL SUNDAY TICKET through 2007 and exclusive multichannel television rights through 2005. In addition, the new agreement gives DIRECTV the opportunity for the first time to offer NFL SUNDAY TICKET subscribers exclusive enhanced technical innovations, including high-definition game telecasts, viewer-selected cameras and replays, and other advanced digital technology.


"We are excited to extend our association with America's number-one satellite television distributor," NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. "Our partnership with DIRECTV will continue to complement and support our broadcast television packages that allow us to put all of our games on free, over-the-air television. This agreement also continues the NFL tradition of leadership in sports television technology by developing more opportunities for fans to experience high-definition television and other new high-tech and interactive innovations, including a new year-round NFL CHANNEL."


"For the past eight years on Sundays during football season, fans in homes all over the country have made DIRECTV their viewing destination of choice to catch unrivaled NFL action," said Eddy W. Hartenstein, DIRECTV chairman and CEO. "DIRECTV and NFL SUNDAY TICKET are a football lover's dream come true and we are delighted to renew our long-standing partnership with the NFL. NFL SUNDAY TICKET has been a significant programming differentiator for DIRECTV, helping us build a loyal subscriber base. As we look ahead, we are excited to offer football fans nationwide compelling new programming services -- including high-definition and enhanced broadcasts -- that they can't get elsewhere."


NFL SUNDAY TICKET subscribers can view all out-of-market NFL games every Sunday during the regular season, up to 14 games each week.


DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital satellite television service provider with more than 11 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. HUGHES is the world's leading provider of digital television entertainment, broadband services, satellite-based private business networks, and global video and data broadcasting. The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (GMH) . For more information, visit www.DIRECTV.com.


DIRECTV, Inc.

Bob Marsocci, 310/726-4656

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National Football League

Greg Aiello, 212/450-2067
 

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Sorry, I didn't realize the agreement had been finalized. Cable had been trying to negotiate a contract, but Fox and CBS were going to want more money so it was up in the air for a while whether they would be able to strike a deal. I guess they didn't. At one point there was a big rumor going around that the deal had been made and the service would be available next season, but that was apparently more wishful thinking than anything else. Sorry I gave incorrect info.
 
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