You might get the idea that the purpose of this blog is to promote TiVo, as often as I mention it.
Not so. But with our possible choices constrained by the need for a high Wife Acceptance Factor weighting, it was almost inevitable that we would converge on TiVo as the best solution for the TV/DVR side of cord-cutting in our household.
News today from Digital Trends: “TiVo will soon be an entirely different company”
TiVo is being acquired by Rovi Corporation, “a company based in the United States whose patents, products, and technologies include copy protection, software licensing and ‘search recommendation’ on devices such as set-top boxes, digital video recorders, TVs, and mobile and tablet devices. Companies such as consumer electronics manufacturers, cable operators, websites, and social networks use Rovi’s entertainment metadata—a collection of in-depth information on movies, television shows, celebrities, music, games, and books—in their efforts to organize and enable the consumption of digital entertainment.” (Wikipedia)
Rovi is not well-known to the general public. So the new company will also be called TiVo.
According to TheVerge, “it seems that the acquisition is mostly about patents. Neither TiVo nor Rovi make most of their money from actual products, instead, they rely on their intellectual property. For example, TiVo’s Time Warp patent, which allows users to fast-forward through adverts on recorded TV. Between them, the two companies have more than 6,000 issued and pending patents in the digital entertainment world.”
Rovi has roots in Tulsa. It was formerly known as Macrovision.
Back on July 11, 2008 in GroupBlog 270, I wrote this:
“Gemstar-TV Guide has an operation here in Tulsa at 71st and Lewis. It became a part of Macrovision a couple of months ago. Macrovision will keep the TV listings data side of the business, and likely spin off TV Guide magazine and possibly, the TV Guide Network.”
“Weird Al’s ‘UHF’ (1988) was shot in Kensington Galleria, where TV Guide has its Tulsa offices”
The first TiVo was shipped on March 31, 1999 (More TiVo history here). Too bad I didn’t buy stock when it was offered on July 21, 1999.
Amazingly (to me, anyway), this website (TTM) was already in existence at that time.