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Yahoo and TiVo Are Teaming Up to Integrate Services

Originally published November 9, 2005

Yahoo and TiVo are teaming up to blend some of their services, a move that further fades the lines between offices and living rooms, TVs and PCs.

Under a partnership recently announced, the two will collaborate to offer Yahoo's Internet-based content and services through TiVo's digital video recording devices.
Users of Yahoo's TV page will be able to click on a record-to-TiVo button directly from a television program listing to remotely schedule recordings. And in the coming months, possibly before the end of the year, Yahoo's traffic and weather content, as well as its users' photos will be viewable on televisions via TiVo's broadband service and easy-to-use screen menu.

TiVo subscribers already have the ability to remotely schedule recordings from the TiVo web site, but this will give the DVR pioneer a way to potentially tap Yahoo's large user base and gain some much-needed new customers.

For both companies, TiVo in particular, the ability to let its subscribers access Yahoo's content from their televisions marks a significant development in the company's year-old campaign to expand beyond basic digital video recording services to becoming more of an entertainment hub, Lichty said.

Bringing Internet access to the TV screen is nothing new. Most previous efforts—notably WebTV—were dismal failures. But Lichty thinks the Yahoo-TiVo offering will be different.

This BeyeNETWORK news item contains information from a recent press release by the company mentioned.