8 thoughts on “TiVo Chairman Loves His Mac”

  1. Om,

    I’d LOVE to hear more about the “smack” laid down on Microsoft. The partnership announced at CES always seemed forced to me and with Microsoft’s Media Center positioned as pretty much a direct competitive threat to TiVo I’m curious as to what the “real” story is.

  2. Yes, I agree an Apple/Tivo combination would be wonderful. But I wonder if Tivo is more of a liability than an asset at this point (i.e. quarterly losses rather than profits) and Apple may well have a broader vision for the livingroom than an underpowered Linux box … I imagine Apple’s version of a Tivo will leverage Apple’s desktop technology and provide access to web services like google, weather, amazon, ebay, etc — I think Apple will make money by producing hardware that isn’t quit standalone, but that leverages against and adds value to the OSX desktop installation. And with so many PC-based free programming guides / DVR’s available, Apple has to see the writing on the wall that a subscription-based service like Tivo is going to lose in the long run. Perhaps, like iTunes, Apple will become the premiere provider of the 99 cent dowlnoadable television episode, for viewing in the livingroom or on some future “vPod” ….

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