Podcast Video | Posted by Phil Leigh on September 15, 2008
If you would like to learn how to get Internet video to your television by using TiVo and/or Amazon.com, this show is for you.
It is increasingly evident that there is a huge latent demand for getting Internet video to the television. It has been an elusive goal for the past eight years, or so. Now it appears as if significant progress is being made. It’s not from a single major product introduction, but instead from a number of innovations from a variety of manufactures and websites. Examples include Netflix, Sony Bravia, Amazon.com, Apple TV, and TiVo. In this video we demonstrate how it is done with TiVo and Amazon.com.First, if you own a TiVo you can display any Internet video on your television by using TiVo Desktop Software given two conditions. One is that you must have a LAN connection, such as WiFi, from your computer to your TiVo. The other is that you must be able to download an authorized file from the Net. That means you cannot take streams from sites like Hulu.com and display them on your television via TiVo. It also means that DRM’ed files will not play unless you have the right to play them, which you can often via rental or purchase.
In our first demonstration we download a video from Apple’s iTunes Store and play it on our television via TiVo.
Second, Amazon.com’s Video-on-Demand service will work with TiVo. Significantly, the consumer is empowered to purchase, and rent, movies directly from the comfort of his sofa using the TiVo remote. There is no need to sit at his computer to first download the movie. Additionally, if he chooses to buy the movie, Amazon.com will keep the file on their servers in a personal library associated with the buyer. That means the consumer does not have to keep the movie on his TiVo, but can instead re-acquire it anytime at no charge from his Amazon.com library. This is convenient because otherwise multiple purchases from Amazon would fill up the TiVo hard drive.
In our second demonstration we show how to buy, or rent, a movie with the TiVo remote and also how to watch them on your computer as well as the television.