TiVo and Comcast Hitch Up
It's the one-two punch TiVo customers have been waiting for but for now it's only available through Comcast in the Boston area. TiVo's recently announced deal with Comcast marks the first time cable subscribers can tap into TiVo features--including WishList searches, TiVo Suggestions and Season Pass--via their cable DVR and have access to on-demand movies at the same time. TiVo advanced features will be available to Boston-area Comcast HD DVR customers for an additional $2.95 a month.
The deal only gets sweeter next year when Comcast plans to offer more than 6,000 movies a month on demand, with more 3,000 of them in HD.
That's the positive news. Elsewhere, we've been hearing the trumpet calls of Digeo's Moxi digital video recorders service for some time now, but ambitious plans to launch retail versions early this year were shelved at the same time the company laid off half its workforce. Moxi recorders are currently offered to several hundred thousand cable subscribers through Comcast, Time-Warner Cable and Charter Communications.
Gone are the much hyped and delayed Moxi Multi-Room HD DMR and the Moxi Home Cinema Edition DMR. Instead, Digeo will focus on another consumer DMR, which the company says it was developing along with its canceled projects. Details about Digeo's new retail product will be announced later in the year, but we'll believe this one when we see it in stores.--Rebecca Day