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TiVo’s ‘free’ streaming service starts rolling out

The service is ‘free’ for TiVo customers and will deliver 26 channels of live and on-demand TV shows and movies, including dedicated channels for the likes of Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen/Kitchen Nightmares), TMZ and Unsolved Mysteries. They won’t make you rethink your cable package — these are classics and viral videos rather than the latest blockbusters. – Jon Fingas, Engadget » https://ift.tt/2VU7qYp

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TiVo Rolling Out Skippable Pre-Roll Ads for Retail DVRs

TiVo also confirmed that customers will be able to skip those pre-roll ads in much the same way they can skip commercials inserted in TV shows and movies recorded to the DVR. The change appears to be largely focused on retail devices running TiVo Experience 4, the company’s current-gen software and services platform. – Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading » https://ift.tt/30exS41

TiVo’s new streaming apps will be limited to 720p and 30 fps

TiVo announced that it will begin offering a new streaming app for the Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV streaming devices later this year, which will allow users stream live and recorded shows in their home without investing in separate hardware like the TiVo Mini Vox. But according to an interview with Ted Malone, TiVo’s VP of consumer products and services, those apps will be pretty limited, only offering streaming at 720p quality and 30 fps, via TechHive. – Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2TlPl2Y

TiVo sues Comcast again over alleged patent infringement

The patents TiVo is accusing Comcast of violating in its newly filed lawsuits are related to features like pausing and resuming programs on different devices, restarting live programs already in progress, DVR recording and search and voice functionality. TiVo says it will also file suits with the International Trade Commission regarding these patents. – Mallory Locklear, Engadget http://engt.co/2DvyUdp

Comcast might have to pay TiVo after losing a patent dispute

TiVo has won an International Trade Commission dispute accusing Comcast and its hardware partners (Arris and Technicolor) of violating patents through the X1 platform’s approach to DVR recording and search. The case had originally covered six patents, but this still means Comcast could be on the hook for licensing fees if it wants to avoid a sales ban. Jon Fingas, Engadget http://ift.tt/2suJxdq

TiVo’s 4K-ready, commercial skipping Bolt hints at the future

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TiVo Bolt will replace the base Roamio (and eventually the Plus), as a 4-tuner DVR that also works for OTA or just streaming TV. For those who prefer six tuners and a larger built-in hard drive, the Roamio Pro will stick around, but it doesn’t have the Bolt’s 4K or new features. Bolt loses the old analog video outputs and offers only an HDMI port — no breakout cable either — which shouldn’t be a problem in 2015, but is worth knowing. It […] With “SkipMode” TiVo drops in a feature featured its old competitor ReplayTV, […] when you’re watching a recorded program, a green icon will pop up and prompt you to hit the “D” button to skip commercials. […], but there are some limitations. TiVo is managing this by basically having people watch the programs on certain networks and mark where the actual show begins and the commercials end. […] The only bad news? SkipMode is not being ported back to older DVRs, but it should work on the Mini (as long as it’s connected to a Bolt.) – Richard Lawler, Engadget

TiVo’s new patent creed: Even Samsung’s cell phones infringe our DVR patents

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In the lawsuit, TiVo makes the claim that Samsung’s mobile devices infringe the patents it once only applied to DVRs. Because Samsung phones are “specifically designed and configured with hardware and software components that allow for the simultaneous storage and playback of movies, videos, television shows, and other multimedia content,” they must be made to pay royalties, TiVo argues. – Joe Mullin, Ars Technica

TiVo Bolt Clears The FCC

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As TiVo Bolt nears release, the clues continue to trickle out. Most recent is an FCC filing that identifies three models. As two of those very same three DVR units appeared in a CableLabs certification report, it seems safe to speculate that we may be looking at two CableCARD models and one over-the-air “Aereo Edition” Bolt. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny
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