CES: Podcasting Coming To TiVo

Jan 9th, 2008 | By | Category: Digital Video Recorder, Internet TV, Video, Video Podcasts

TivoCES: Digital video recorder purveyor TiVo Inc. has announced that its subscribers will soon be able to select Internet video (i.e. podcasts!) for playback on televisions, expanding the digital recording service’s capabilities beyond TV offerings.

The new feature, announced Monday at the International Consumer Electronics Show, will let users apply their “Season Pass” recording capabilities to video content available via RSS feeds. Users would need to use TiVo’s software on PCs for the feature, though TiVo said it will provide a guide within its TV-based menu system to record select Web video sources as well.

Here’s TiVo’s explanation of how it works:

TiVo users can subscribe to and watch a broad range of content available on Real Simple Syndication (“RSS”) feeds, including everything from network nightly newscasts, to vignettes and original content from major networks such as Comedy Central or Discovery, as well as niche interest and hobbyist videos covering areas far more specialized than cable and satellite channels, not to mention new, independently produced media content such as DiggNation and Ask A Ninja.

The Web video recording capability is scheduled to launch in March concurrent with a new version of the TiVo desktop software, which will cost $24.95 for new users (and is a free upgrade for current users).

If TiVo’s base of users adopts the idea of subscribing to video podcasts, television and Internet television start to blur into one. This could be the start of something big for video podcasting.

Update: “Content creators have about a month and a half to figure out the technical details including the right kind of filetype and feed,” says Rocketboom creator Andrew Baron. “The people who do decide to figure it out BEFORE TiVo unleashes this feature, will likely be in a TINY minority. Thus, it could be a great opportunity to try and stick out from the pack.”

Mark Hopkins at Mashable adds “This is clearly a good thing for online purveyors of video, and couldn‚Äôt come at a better time for independent producers, who will be willing and available to fill the gaps of entertaining content brought about by the WGA strike.”

Update 2: More big news for podcasting – Wizzard Media has announced that it served up 1 billion podcasts in 2007.

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  3. Eric says:

    Meh. It’s slightly okay news, but they could do a lot more to open up their channels.

  4. Allard Cutler says:

    This is awesome! I’m sick of sitting through the ads on network tv – this will let me kiss that shit goodbye painlessly.

    Now I need to find some better HD podcasts. How long do you think it will be until there’s a network show offered as a video podcast?

    Local television stations and cable just became irrelevant.

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