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TVMinder: TiVo is One Jack Short

Sep 15, 2000, 12:56 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Blount)

As seen on Scripting News.

"Not that I don't want one. I want it badly. But I can't bring myself to buy it. TiVo is close. So close. Close enough to make my mouth water and my eyes tear up. But it's not...quite...there."

"TiVo is a Linux box without a network card. And there is no provision to add one, unless you're real handy with a soldering iron. The only two-way communications facility TiVo features is an analog modem that dials up a server. Every night a TiVo server feeds TV program listings down and sucks your TV viewing history up. But like E.T., TiVo only wants to phone home--it will not pull content from third-party sites...."

"Now that people's appetites are whetted to the potential of computer-augmented television, I'm betting that this limitation will drive TiVo Inc. into a world of dissatisfaction, competition, co-option, and if they're not careful, marginalization. I'm not buying TiVo, because TiVo pisses me off. TiVo Inc. put an open system in a closed box."

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