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The Sad History and (maybe) Bright Future of TiVo

gjt (93855) writes | more than 4 years ago

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gjt (93855) writes "For the couch potato geek, one name typically comes to mind: TiVo — the company that invented the DVR, and with it, timeshifting. TiVo's been around for more than 10 years now. And TiVo fans (like myself) tend to love TiVO. Yet, despite being loved and around longer than the Apple iPod, it comes no where close to the iPod/iPhone's success. Apple sells more iPod and iPhone products in a single quarter than TiVo has sole in the entire lifetime of the company. At it's peak, TiVo had only 4.4 million active users — that was over three years ago. Now TiVo only has about 2.7 million active users. So I wanted to find out why TiVo hasn't been more successful. What are the issues that prevent them from being more popular — especially with a seeming lack of competition on store shelves? So I did some research and posted my finding about TiVo's past, present, and future up on my blog.

The key takeaways seem to show that TiVo is a victim of cable industry collusion, loopholes in FCC regulations, and, of course, plenty of their own mistakes."

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Interesting way to put it all together (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280748)

One of the commenters on the original article mentions that he was able to get a multi-stream CableCard from Comcast for self-install just by going to the office. Has anyone else had this experience? I have Cox (or as I like to call them Coxsucker), and they told me it was too complicated for an idiot like myself, with an Electrical Engineering degree, to stick it in the box without suffering a stroke. They can't bend the rules! I had to shell out $50 and $2/month for the damn card. They wouldn't even sell it to me to avoid the rental. It was fucking rental only - for a cheap card that cost them $8 wholesale. What's the deal? Maybe this is one of TiVo's problems - cable companies are making the installation of third party boxes harder than it's supposed to be. This is where the FCC should step it. It's absurd.

Re:Interesting way to put it all together (1)

gjt (93855) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281346)

I just saw that comment too. Well, I guess you could file a complaint to the FCC. I'm considering doing the same. This is one of the dockets that TiVo themselves filed on:

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