TiVo announces PSP, video iPod support

Company to let users easily transfer saved shows from digital video recorder to popular portable entertainment devices.

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As TiVo addicts will attest to, one drawback of the digital video recording service is its tendency to incapacitate viewers, chaining them to the boob tube as they struggle to catch up on hours of saved programming.

Now those hours spent away from the television don't have to be wasted as they were in the past. TiVo today announced that it is enhancing its current TiVoToGo feature to allow subscribers to easily transfer video files from their TiVo units to popular portable media devices like Sony's PSP and Apple's iPod. So when gamers tire of playing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on the PSP, they can fire up an episode of the TV show instead.

There are a couple of wrinkles of note to the technology, primarily that subscribers will need to buy new software to transfer the files over to their iPods or PSPs. Also, the technology will "watermark" the files so that they can be traced back to the originating account.

TiVo will begin testing the feature with select subscribers next week. A complete rollout of the feature is expected around the first quarter of next year.

Discussion

20 comments
commandercow011
commandercow011

good idea. only gotta get the tivo close enough to the computer. or does the tivo connect directly to the psp, ipod????

korn18m
korn18m

Why would it include X360....?

kingassman
kingassman

I wonder if it includes xbox 360? It would be kinda pointless but still curious if it would work i am.(yoda) I might have to get TiVo.

aceestes
aceestes

WOW we can watch TV NOW!!!!! the next thing you kno the psp will be playing movies or something crazy like that. i wonder how im gonna fit a TV program on a 32 MB card. maybe i should just pay 200 dollars (almost as much as the system) and buy that 2GB memory stick

chriskedrowski
chriskedrowski

now if there is an upgrade for that i will let my 1.5 go but for now no need to update even for 2.6 or the web browser. Lets just hope it is going to happen

ben_forrest
ben_forrest

What about us Canadians? We don't get 'TiVo' up here. I have a Bell HD PVR though....

jjr10
jjr10

i just have to get a psp now

jmgilmour
jmgilmour

There are some good prices on Tivos right now....

UptownHunter
UptownHunter

This is great! Now how much does a TiVo system cost? :|

mylsd
mylsd

cool in theory, but you still have to deal with commercials and copyrights, I'll stick to making my own MPG's, thanks.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Nice idea, but shouldn't they be concentrating on releasing an HD box?!

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Excellent! Now I have something to do with my PSP. . . as soon as I start watching TV.

DanManX
DanManX

I wouldn't pay for this service, especially when one can do it for free with just a little bit of technical know-how, and without the "watermark".

ReRush
ReRush

Pretty cool for those who have a Tivo. It will act nicely as a temporary place before I burn to DVD.

darkheart73
darkheart73

AWESOME! A very smart move by TiVo, Sony, and Apple. I salute!