Joshua Danovitz, TiVo’s international general manager, told the Sydney Morning Herald the Aussie TiVo box (pictured) will allow users to record two shows at once while at the same time watching a previously recorded show stored on the built-in hard disk.
But there is no clear indication regarding the skipping of ads nor an exact price and launch date. Seven is said to be offering a form of ‘fast-forwarding’ only, and TiVo could have unskippable ads placed throughout the menu interface or during shows.
Other key features will include the ability to search shows by title, people or tags, and then, with one button, program the device so it automatically records the show each time it airs. This is called a “season pass” and means users won’t miss a show even if its time slot changes or episodes run overtime.
TiVo recordings could be transferred to a PC using the TiVo to Go feature and “once you’ve got it on your PC you can transcode it to a mobile device”, Danovitz said.
TiVo is considered a direct competitor to Foxtel’s iQ service which has an iQHD in development.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald