TiVo, a provider of television services for digital video recorders, is launching a new service early next year that will enable subscribers to send their home movies over the internet directly to TV sets.
Rather than burning and mailing DVDs, or viewing videos uploaded on a computer, subscribers will be able to set up their own private channel to send videos directly to a TV set.
TiVo has partnered with One True Media, an online service that helps people turn their video and photos into online video stories. After uploading their home movies to One True Media, users will be able to edit their videos online and will receive a personal TiVo channel code which they can then distribute to other TiVo subscribers.
With a few clicks of the TiVo remote, and the personal TiVo channel code, users will be able to get a Season Pass recording that will deliver to their TiVo all the current and future home movies from the video creator. Videos will be displayed in the TiVo subscriber’s Now Playing List – the same location all of their favorite television programming is stored within TiVo today.
To share home movies or slideshows privately, the video creator gives their personal TiVo channel code to friends and family. Only people with the unique personal code assigned to the subscriber’s channel can see the published channel.
This new service feature will be accessible to all TiVo subscribers with broadband-connected TiVo Series2 and Series3 boxes in the first quarter of 2007. Receiving home movies on TiVo will be free of charge to TiVo subscribers. Consumers interested in creating their own TV channel for their home movies can sign up for an account with One True Media, which carries a monthly subscription fee of $3.99 a month.