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TiVo to brick all remaining UK PVRs on June 1

handelaar (65505) writes | more than 3 years ago


handelaar (65505) writes "Perhaps in order to 'encourage' existing users of UK Tivo units to change their TV service to Virgin Media, pay £149 for a new "Virgin Tivo" that they won't actually own, plus £34.50 per month in service charges, Tivo is to cancel all EPG data service to all the Tivos still in use in the country — and existing units will become basically nonfunctional at that time. The faithful aren't amused", having stuck by the company for several years, and mostly paying £120 per annum for service until now. 50% of UK residents aren't able to avail of this generous upgrade offer even if they want to — the cable company in question only covers about half the country."

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The Garden Tier Internet Video Model still lives (1)

DarkStarZumaBeach (668886) | more than 3 years ago | (#35214898)

Ack ... Atavistic capitalism: The Garden Tier pay-per-view model raises its prehistoric head.

Arguably the TiVo's ability to access Internet services is key to a move to Virgin Media cable services alignment since BSkyB started producing its own satellite DVRs. Without any Internet capability using current BSkyB satellite services, driving Internet video content over phone line connections are very trying.

On the other hand, next generation satellite services include the soon to be launched 4G broadband data services - which would obsolete the current BSkyB subscriber garden tier business model completely. This suggests that next generation TiVo models will be 4G broadband capable which would eliminate hardwired cable and satellite TV connections completely.

Still, I extend condolences to the loyal original BSkyB TiVo subscribers located on the Isle of Mann until 4G satellite services are widely available.

Perhaps someone could organize an online petition to extend the UK TiVo 1 service date until December 21, 2012?

Re:The Garden Tier Internet Video Model still live (1)

DarkStarZumaBeach (668886) | more than 3 years ago | (#35214948)

I wonder what an Orange branded 4G TiVo will look like ... Perhaps an Android app running on a Samsung Galaxy with 3D HDTV touch display ??

See any hot fembots lately??

Re:The Garden Tier Internet Video Model still live (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35216962)

Any chance you could try that again in English?

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