TiVo, the company whose digital
video recorder revolutionized
television-viewing by allowing viewers
to skip through commercials, is getting
ready to test another groundbreaking
concept. The company has reached an agreement
with the Independent Film Channel that
will give TiVo subscribers the ability
to download programming via the Internet
directly onto their TiVo set-top box.
The shows will bypass the standard cable and broadcast pathway, and could be a glimpse into the future of content delivery. In an added bonus, TiVo subscribers could get shows before they even air.
When TiVo was released it made a splash by allowing viewers more control over their television-watching experience. Finally, viewers could watch shows whenever they wanted, fast-forward through commercials, and pause live TV. TiVo also was pioneered the concept of "season passes," which allowed the subscriber to tell the system to record a program every time it aired.