If you're a TiVo Premiere owners with Comcast Xfinity service, you've got one more reason to be excited, as the companies have announced that they're bringing Xfinity On Demand programming directly into the TiVo Premiere interface. One of the main gripes many have with TiVo is that, if you want to enjoy On Demand and Pay-Per-View content, you still need a cable box from your provider, since the TiVo can't access that stuff. This agreement changes that a bit. Soon, if you are one of the many Xfinity customers out there, you'll be able to browse the On Demand content right on your TiVo. They don't make mention of PPV specifically, but even if that isn't a part of this, you can always order those by phone as well. Given those two facts, this will make it possible for a TiVo Premiere box to serve as your only cable box, which can knock off as much as $20 per month from your cable bill, depending on your location.
Of course, since both TiVo and Comcast and two of the slowest moving companies in existence, this is going to be a slow, gradual rollout. They are going to start with the largest markets, with the first expected to be the San Francisco Bay Area, with additional markets to follow. No timeline or anything has been given.
Any Xfinity customers excited about this?
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If you're a Verizon FiOS TV customer, you'll be getting access to 3D movies on demand starting next month. Starting on November 16th with the premiere of Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore, you'll have eight 3D movies to watch in November:
- Chicken Little
- Meet the Robinsons
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Under the Sea
- Deep Sea
Then, December bring two more to the lineup with A Christmas Carol and Step Up 3D. Of course, in addition to having an HD set top box, you'll also need a 3D-compatible television and glasses to take part in the festivities.
Good news for fans of classic movies and TV. Warner Brothers will release some of them on DVD for the first time. The online service is known as the Warner Archive Collection and will create each one on demand when ordered for $19.95 apiece. The site includes titles such as “Al Capone,” “I Was a Communist for the FBI” and “Edison the Man.” Right now there are about 150 films, but more will be offered in the future including more recent films.
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Showtime Networks is looking to expand into downloadable gaming by offering a new service called “On Broadband.” The service would offer games content that could be played online or downloaded at varying price points. Showtime also plans to offer a subscription version. According to an AP report, Showtime plans on making the service available through broadband providers, including cable TV and DSL. This would seem to make the business model more similar to their existing premium television content, rather than stand-alone offerings like the GameTap subscription service.
Comcast and CBS have announced that eight of CBS’ primetime series will now be available at no cost through its VOD (video-on-demand) service. The shows included are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Big Brother, Survivor, Jerico and Numb3rs.
Previously, Comcast had allowed viewings for $.99 per episode on CBS owned and operated stations. These “free” episodes will now contain commercials sold by CBS. Available to all On Demand viewers beginning the day after network airing, they will be viewable for four weeks. Considering that you can already watch those full episodes without commercial interruption at no charge on the CBS Website (via innertube), us non-subscibers can go there to play catch-up or just survive until the reruns.
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