You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Germans help TiVo’s PC leap

The DVR co. comes to the computer

TiVo is moving from the living room to the desktop.

The Silicon Valley company that helped create the market for digital video recorders is collaborating with a German software company to bring TiVo functionality to personal computers.

The Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC is a $199 package of hardware and software that will enable a PC user to watch cable, satellite, or digital broadcast content, pause it while it’s playing, or record it for later viewing.

“This is the TiVo experience without the need for a set-top box,” said Richard Carriere, president of Nero AG Americas. “This is acknowledging the fact that mainstream consumers are ready to enjoy their media in a very fluid manner — any time, on any device.”

The software also makes it easy to record shows on a PC and then transfer them to an iPod, PlayStation Portable, or other portable media device. That could have the side effect of making it simpler to post recorded TV shows on the Internet or underground file-sharing networks, which could irk the majors and other copyright-holders. But Nero executives said the video files will be watermarked; such invisible digital labeling will enable law enforcement to trace back the files to a specific computer.

Similar TV recording technology for PCs, introduced last year by such companies as Digeo and Pinnacle, has yet to take off. But TiVo’s user-friendly software interface could give Nero LiquidTV a boost.

The package, which goes on sale in mid-October, also comes with TiVo’s trademark peanut-shaped remote control, a “tuner” card that plugs into the PC, and a digital antenna for those users who don’t have access to a cable or satellite connection. A software-only package will cost $99. Purchasers will get a free one-year TiVo subscription but will have to pay monthly fees for the service after that.

“We see three primary markets for this,” Carriere said. “Existing TiVo users; road warriors and people who like to have cutting-edge gadgets; and college students, who are increasingly savvy about enjoying media through a PC.”

More TV

  • Roberto Gomez Bolanos Mexican actor Roberto

    Chespirito Media Universe in Development from Grupo Chespirito, Thr3 Media Group

    Mexican production companies Grupo Chespirito and Thr3 Media Group have come to terms on a deal to co-produce multi-media content and create the Chespirito Media Universe based on the characters and world of Mexico and Latin America’s most iconic TV creator, director, producer and actor, Chespirito. Thr3 Media Group was launched in January 2018 by [...]

  • Bastian-and-Fabienne_2btube-Office-1

    2btube Adds Lacoproductora to Facebook, YouTube Originals Alliances

    CANNES —  Fast-driving from a huge digital media publishing base into the creation and production of premium content for global platforms and beyond, top Spanish-language digital native media group 2btube has clinched a wide-ranging production partnership with José Miguel Contreras’ Madrid-based Lacoproductora. The deal comes fast on the heels of 2btube’s production alliance with Facebook [...]


    Spain's Fasten Films Nabs Remake Rights to Argentine Series 'The Cleaning Lady' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Barcelona-based company Fasten Films has optioned Spanish and Portuguese adaptation rights to Argentine suspense series “La chica que limpia” (“The Cleaning Lady”). The deal was negotiated with Argentine distributors RM Vistar and GlowStar, who jointly handle the format’s international sales. A Mexican remake of the series is being produced by Turner Latin America, alongside BTF [...]

  • Motiv: Max ConzeFoto: © ProSiebenSat.1/Martin SaumweberDieses

    ProSiebenSat.1 Boss Max Conze Unfazed By the Invasion of the Digital Streaming Giants

    Max Conze, CEO of German broadcast company ProSiebenSat.1 since June last year, appeared relatively relaxed about the prospect of the coming invasion of new digital players like Disney Plus into his territory when speaking to journalists at TV market and conference Mipcom in Cannes Tuesday. “Disney Plus will not lock away all their content,” he [...]

  • Irmaos Freitas

    Amazon Prime Video takes Turner’s ‘Freitas Brothers’

    CANNES — In yet another – and significant – Latin America distribution deal for the now highly active OTT giant, Amazon Prime Video has acquired Brazilian and pan-Spanish-speaking Latin American SVOD rights to Turner Latin America’s highly anticipated “Freitas Brothers.” The announcement was made late Tuesday by Turner Latin America at Cannes Mipcom TV and [...]

  • Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, Cory Booker,

    Nonsense Ellen DeGeneres Question Derails an Otherwise Substantive Democratic Debate (Column)

    The fourth Democratic debate was dangerously close to being substantive. For almost three (3!) hours, the twelve (12!) candidates onstage tackled questions on foreign policy, reproductive rights, health care, gun control, big tech, and the opioid crisis. While the other debates — and indeed, the entire 2016 presidential campaign — have been marked by meme-able [...]

  • Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant

    Mipcom Roundup: E4 Buys 'Star Trek: Discovery'; All3Media Sells Drama Package

    In Variety’s fourth Mipcom roundup, E4 buys U.K. linear rights to “Star Trek: Discovery,” All3Media sells drama package to Pickbox Now, African broadcasters buy 800 hours of content from BBC Studios, France’s Serieclub acquires offbeat Norwegian comedy, ZDF and Red Balloon team for young adult book adaptation, and Viacom and Youku partner on kids’ animation. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content