Cablevision Says: Let Us Be Your TiVo

from the might-make-some-a-bit-unhappy dept

For all the problems Cablevision has had in recent years with it's business, you have to give it at least some credit for trying to be a bit more innovative than many others in the cable space. While their satellite TV experiment was a complete disaster, the company recognized it was in a land grab for "triple play" users and actually was willing to set up a bundle that basically priced their VoIP offering at zero. It was also the one cable company to break ranks and say that a la carte cable sounded like a good idea. Finally, while it's been particularly nasty to the competition, Cablevision has also delivered much faster broadband speeds than just about any other cable provider (they were also one of the first cable companies to embrace their own broadband offerings). Well, now they're going out on a limb again, and are going to test a centralized DVR offering that works like a TiVo, but with all the storage being back at Cablevision. This isn't a new idea, of course. Time Warner had planned just such a system a few years ago... but it got neutered after many content partners freaked out. Of course, times have changed a bit, and perhaps TV execs may finally be realizing that giving people what they want is a good thing? Then again, perhaps not. The article covering the story expects many of the content firms to fight back against this device -- as if users don't already have plenty of options with similar functionality.
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    ibeetle, 27 Mar 2006 @ 8:31am

    Basic... very basic

    Yes it is great that Cablevision is doing this. I live in a Cablevision service area. I suspect it is from pressure from future competitors. I also live in a Verizon heavy area. And the big V is about to start offering T.V. service for about half the price of cable.

    Although I am sure this discounted price is only temporary. Just to suck you in. Then Verizon raises the price on you. Like they do on everything else they touch.

    However I am still keeping my Tivo. Apparently the Cablevision PVR has only the very basic functions. As Tivo adds features and functions it seems to be turning more into a audio/video appliance. Although Cablevision maybe a bit more attractive to those looking for a bargain. In my area Cablevision is only $4.95 a month compared to Tivo's $12.95 and that is per unit. Cablevision only charges $4.95 extra no matter how many T.V.'s you have.

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