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The Standard: TiVo Hopes for Christmas Cheer

Nov 29, 2000, 16:25 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lydia Lee)

"Analysts have few qualms that the technology pioneered by Replay and TiVo eventually will become part of every household's entertainment center - but they do have trouble seeing where the cash will come from. Once the features become standard, who will want to pay a premium for Replay or TiVo?..."

"Meanwhile, to tuck the subscription fees and hardware into one consumer-friendly package, TiVo has developed a combination satellite receiver and box with DirecTV and is working with AOL on a similar AOL TV box...."

"Still, every box counts at this stage of the game. TiVo's AOL alliance is its pre-emptive strike against Microsoft's Ultimate TV platform, which has yet to appear on the horizon. But Ramsay has no doubt that when Ultimate TV does arrive, it will be a formidable competitor. 'That's who we've viewed as the main competition all along,' he says. 'We're going to keep our heads down this quarter and try and sell as many boxes as possible.'"

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