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RCN Pressures TiVo for Apps

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by rhettf, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Aug 9, 2012 #1 of 24
    rhettf

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    aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    It's pretty funny that RCN is the one putting pressure on Tivo to add more apps because RCN has banned the Netflix,Amazon,Hulu (and even Blockbuster) apps.

    That being said, I don't really understand the value of having Facebook and Twitter apps on my TV. Do people really use social networking this way?
     
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    hillyard

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    NO apps! just more stuff to slow it down
     
  4. compnurd

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    I wouldnt mind a built in weather app where i can check it quick...
     
  5. rhettf

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    I would love the Spotify App, Virgin UK has it!

    Would be cool if there was some sort of Shazam functionality.

    Vudu with HDX would be great.
     
  6. SullyND

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    Do we know they've "banned" them, or is it merely a licensing thing? RCN would have to have an agreement with Netflix, etc, to provide those apps, wouldn't they?
     
  7. aadam101

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    Why would they? RCN isn't providing the content. I would think the licensing deal is with Tivo.
     
  8. morac

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    The funny thing is that TiVo used to have a weather app about 5 years ago, back in the Series 2 days. It was removed when TiVo and Yahoo's partnership expired. The sad thing is that in all that time Yahoo never took down the web page associated with it.
     
  9. mattack

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    Is RCN a cable company? I thought there was some sort of cable wide (because of cable card?) ban on OTT (over the top) services.
     
  10. compnurd

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    RCN is a cable company
     
  11. nrc

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    The sad thing is that TiVo could have plenty of simple apps available if they'd done a better job of fostering their apps ecosystem under the old SDK. I hope they've learned from the experience and the success of open app ecosystems other devices.
     
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    RCN would need to strike a licensing deal with Netflix which is probably not allowed because of Netflix agreements with the studios.
     
  13. aadam101

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    Why? Because RCN is the one providing the box?
     
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    We also know that Epix is coming to TiVo and Epix is geared specifically towards MSOs. There was the following comment in the Light Reading article I linked in my previous post,

     
  16. morac

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    Epix is useless to Comcast customers since Comcast refuses to provide Epix. That's why I don't care about that or HBO2Go since Comcast blocks that on all devices that connect to a TV (except Xbox).
     
  17. KLINK

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    Comcast does not block HBO2Go from my Sony GoogleTV Box.
     
  18. JosephB

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    Netflix licensing is what is keeping Netflix off of MSO-provided boxes. This was confirmed back when Charter signed on with Tivo. Charter said they wanted to provide Netflix, but that required a Charter-Netflix licensing agreement which they have not been able to do yet.
     
  19. Arcady

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    How about an app that could play DIVX and MKV files from a USB device? Every other piece of hardware I own that has an HDMI port and a USB port can do this.
     
  20. LifeIsABeach

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    I always assumed it was because RCN wants us to spend money on their On Demand rather than Netflix, etc.
     

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