Tivo, a creator of television service for digital video recorders has signed an agreement with German software company Nero to develop an application providing Tivo’s DVR features on personal computers.
Under the agreement, Nero will develop software to provide a PC-based DVR to be connected to digital TV. Currently, PCs are available with TV tuners which can be connected to TV services.
This agreement provides Tivo with an opportunity to deliver its interface and differentiated feature set globally via the PC, enabling Tivo to use all avenues of mass distribution from consumer electronics, to cable and satellite boxes and soon, the PC, said Tom Rogers, president and chief executive at Tivo.
According to Tivo, the deal with Nero will enable it to expand internationally. Tivo has mostly been confined to the US markets and started services in Canada in November 2007.
The company has also signed deals with Amazon and Rhapsody to add movies and music to the Tivo boxes. Recently, it also announced contracts with NBC and Carat to provide them with audience research and ratings data.
Microsoft has been offering a competing product, the Windows Media Center to computer manufacturers. According to Informationweek, the manufacturers of DVR, PC, and videogame console are adding software and networking capabilities to position their products as entertainment hubs for the home. The technology that can enhance home networking of entertainment devices is 802.11n, a Wi-Fi specification for wireless transmission of video content. HP plans to use this technology and for selling 802.11n-enabled products.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates