What does TiVo really get from the Comcast deal?
Ed Bott: What does TiVo really get from the Comcast deal? Ed Bott offers his analysis on what the new TiVo/Comcast deal might mean and it doesn’t appear very positive for TiVo:
” * “a version of the TiVo service” = Comcast gets to pick and choose the features it wants to offer
* “available on Comcast’s current primary DVR platform” = TiVo will have to make the software run on a Motorola or Scientific Atlanta DVR box
* “New software will be developed by TiVo” = some elements of the TiVo interface
* “long-term, non-exclusive partnership” = Comcast will use its deals with other suppliers (including Microsoft) to play hardball in negotiations, making it difficult for TiVo to make money on the service
* “the opportunity to choose the TiVo service” = you’ll have to pay extra”