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Upside: TVs learn from PCs [Tivo]

Jun 15, 2000, 18:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Tate)

"TiVo's (TIVO) digital video recorder allows on-demand viewing of previously aired TV shows and actually runs its own version of the Linux operating system. TiVo inked a deal with AOL (AOL) Wednesday for $200 million to specially configure its devices for AOL-TV and to develop a special co-branded version of TiVo."

"In addition to special treatment from TiVo, AOL gets to ride shotgun if and when TiVo worms its way into cable systems nationwide as a fancy control box. TiVo, meanwhile, may eventually get a leg-up in selling its box to Time Warner (TWX) for use in Time Warner's cable system."

"But Microsoft (MSFT) is hot on TiVo's heels with a service called UltimateTV -- some software for managing TV viewing and a dial-up TV-listings service. The company announced Tuesday that Hughes Electronics' DirecTV and Thomson Multimedia's (TNS) RCA will manufacture satellite receivers with the software, which will allow them to double as TiVo-like digital video recorders."

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