Someone buy TiVo! It’s a gem!
About every 6 months, the topic of TiVo’s ownership comes up, and I think it’s about time I suggested it again after this story about TiVo users being able to download films from Amazon on their TiVo, and then watch the material on the TV.
(Why did it take them so long?)
TiVo’s been struggling because cable companies in particular have been offering similar functionality directly to their subscribers, and more cheaply than TiVo.
Imagine if Google bought TiVo. Google want to organise and manage video. That’s what TiVo does and it’s just about the only company to do it as a television appliance. Google’s got huge brand awareness and I would buy a TiVoogle/GoogleVision more readily than I might a Windows Media Center (sic.)
Google could Alert me to upcoming programmes, I could program the box to record remotely with Google Mobile, chat about TV with Google Talk and Google Groups, maybe even log interesting snippets of content on You Tube or Google Video with Google Notebook.
John Fortt has some other good reasons why they’re a match.
Or else, Yahoo should buy them. 🙂