TiVoToGo Service Unveiled

Jan 3, 2005  •  Post A Comment

TiVo on Monday unveiled its TiVoToGo service, which will enable TiVo subscribers to transfer television programming from their TiVo box to their laptop for portable viewing.

The service is the first in a series of new products to be unveiled in the coming months by the digital video recorder maker. The company is trying to stage a makeover amid competition from cable operators, which are rolling out their own DVRs, and indications that TiVo’s most important partner, DirecTV Group, might back away from its alliance with TiVo in the future. TiVoToGo, whose debut will be accompanied later this week by announcements of partnerships with technology companies in support of the ToGo service, will be available to all of TiVo’s customers equipped with Series 2 boxes.

The boxes will automatically download the necessary software. Once the boxes are connected to a household’s home network, TiVoToGo software will allow users to transfer content from the box to a laptop for playback later. TiVo said it would make TiVoToGo available later this year to its customers with DVD-recorder-equipped set-top boxes.

The company also said that its new service respects copyrights of copy-protected content and that the new service will not permit DVD, pay-per-view and video-on-demand content to be transferred to customers’ laptops.