6 thoughts on “Revolution will not be TiVo-ed”

  1. What’s lame about Comcast’s VOD? I watch like 10 hours a week of its programming . . . Now what is lame is that Comcast’s DVR only has a single tuner and is pretty noisey to boot.

  2. its lame because it decides what is on VoD. I would love to have some control over that. it would be nice to get more BBC America shows and all that. still not bad for a free service

  3. Om –

    Thank you for the confirmation of my beliefs which I’ve also blogged recently!

    Tivo is going to VERY quickly alienate the enthusiast market they have only ever served. First they’ll disable record and storage for broadcast flagged content like HBO and the NFl, add in some suckalicious support to defeat HD for those silly enough to pay $1000 and then (I also read the news today) will totally kill any hope left by making it impossible to skip the ad or even just fast forward if you need are simply trying to catch up.

    Certainly advertisers have to play this game as well which might not reflect well for their brands with the Tivo crowd either.

    While it’s far from perfect, my Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000HD is a 2 tuner HD capable DVR that was FREE (and I am on my 3rd since it’s failed twice) and only includes the same monthly fee I’d have to pay anyway with Tivo.

  4. I agree Jonathan. I think they are so badly managed and the company needs some help. they are trying to win the battle for the consumer, but have literally no clue how to do so. they are pissing off their core audience. i think the company needs to think different. think like well I am going to be a service provider, an IP provider or a box maker. they are trying everything to remain solvent, which is not such a good idea.

  5. They should just return what little money they have to the shareholders – they’re done. They had a great product for consumers, but were unable to sell it so now they sell the few consumers they have to the advertisers. What a terrible move.

  6. Ok Om, I agree with your VOD complaint. Although I still don’t think it lame, the service could definitely be improved. That said, there is great potential for someone else to come in with their own IP based VOD product. Thanks to the cable card, anyone can build a set-top box that tunes all the cable co’s broadcast channels (including HD), provides DVR functionality, and hooks up to an IP based VOD service. The only thing missing is faster broadband service. To support really good quality video and still allow simultaneous sharing of the connection with other functions, you probably need at least 10Mbps. This is why I wonder if cable and DSL speeds will ever increase much over 3Mbps (at least for < $50/month), as this would open the cable and telcos to all sorts of outside competition.

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