Apparently, the revolution will be televised - and recorded - on Tivo. With apologies to '70s jazz-poet Gil Scott Heron, Tivo is poised to continue the media upheaval it began more than a decade ago with faster growth and a new plan to help advertisers, and cable and broadcast providers, rethink their relationships with consumers.
It has already revolutionized the music business with its iPod device and iTunes music store. Now will Apple help kill the television's industry historic reliance on the 30-second TV commercial to help pay the bills?
DirecTV is getting ready to unveil a digital video recorder (DVR) service in mid-2005 that could duplicate virtually every feature now available from current partner TiVo, a published report said Monday.
Last week's Federal Communications Commission decision granting TiVo the "right to innovate" and add a limited file-sharing service to its digital video recorder should have made a banner week for the company.