20 Questions with Ira Bahr - TiVo's Chief Marketing Officer

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  1. Aug 17, 2016 #41 of 256
    David Bott

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    Question 20:

    Are there any plans to release a new version of TiVo Desktop or otherwise enhance the process for transferring recordings to/from a PC?
     
  2. Aug 17, 2016 #42 of 256
    Ira Bahr

    Ira Bahr TiVo's CMO

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    We understand that there is a hole that was left when TiVo Desktop and Desktop Plus were EOL'd. There were some external reasons why we had to EOL that product. We are presently trying to get a replacement on the technology roadmap.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2016 #43 of 256
    David Bott

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    Thank you so kindly Ira for your time in taking questions from the TiVo Community. It is wonderful that TiVo takes such an active interest in our community.

    We thank all those that took part in submitting questions.

    TCF Members, a kindly reminder that there will be no followup questions & answers answers from Ira. This was a 20 question interaction, interview style.

    Thank you all.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2016 #44 of 256
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Thanks a ton, Ira. We really appreciate your time and the info you provided.
     
  5. Aug 18, 2016 #45 of 256
    BigJimOutlaw

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    Thanks a lot Ira, you and the team are a welcomed treat. :)
     
  6. Aug 18, 2016 #46 of 256
    HarperVision

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    Thank you Ira, David and Dan for making his happen! There was a LOT of interesting tidbits to sort through on this one! (Especially mine haha;) )
     
  7. Aug 18, 2016 #47 of 256
    OmeneX

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    Thanks Ira and team for taking the time out to answer our burning questions. You guys are too cool - and hopefully you will offer this Q/A opportunity again soon.

    Side note - If you do decide to expand Skip Mode, and need skip mode employees (SME's) - I have a feeling there are a TON of people here that would take a job paying to watch T.V. :)

    Thanks again.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2016 #48 of 256
    Dan203

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    I'm happy to hear that we have a definitive date for the announcement of (presumably) the Bolt Pro. While I'd be happy with a 6 tuner 4K unit, I'm still hoping that they shock us with something we're not expecting.
     
  9. Aug 18, 2016 #49 of 256
    TrackZ

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    Awesome to see a Q/A like this here.

    Wish I would have seen this prior because asking about UHD and HDR and forward technology elements. Maybe there will be some big news related to that in September though.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2016 #50 of 256
    foghorn2

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    Thanks Ira and David, Tivo the best always, and next to the Steve Hoffman forums, this is the best!
     
  11. Aug 18, 2016 #51 of 256
    HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yeah, his answer to my question about streaming services was VERY telling! :up:

    It sounds like they aren't going to be the programmers (no shock there), but are and have been in talks with the likes of SlingTV, Vue and maybe DirecTV Now to include their app on TiVo! I doubt it'll be integrated within the TiVo guide and UI but hey, I'll take that!

    Maybe that'll be part of their announcement at CEDIA this year on Sep 15? Damn I wish I was going this year!
     
  12. Aug 18, 2016 #52 of 256
    Dan203

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    Or maybe they're working with some new service we're not even aware of. They've always had a good relationship with Comcast, and I assume that Comcast will be releasing a similar service to compete with Sling/Vue.

    It would really need to be integrated into the UI for it to be really useful. If it's just an app with no integration into OnePass I'm not sure how helpful that would really be to customers. Although I guess it's still better then having to switch inputs and remotes to another device.
     
  13. Aug 18, 2016 #53 of 256
    dave13077

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    I think the ability to not only access a Sling/Vue type service but also be able to record shows, that would be killer.. That would free them up from the whole Cablecard, Tuning adapter issues and installation hurdles.
     
  14. Aug 18, 2016 #54 of 256
    thyname

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    Thanks Ira, I appreciate your time!

    It is great you TiVo guys come over here to answer questions from your fans. I greatly appreciate your openness in confirming and hinting on things that will come AND things that are NOT in the works. It helps us curbing our expectations on a product we love.

    I fully agree with your solution on the S1 active owners, it was a classy act and very generous for such an obsolete piece of technology. Just my opinion.

    I certainly think that a hinted (quite openly I must say) release of a Bolt Pro in September is great news! Six or more tuners are definitely needed for most of us TiVo enthusiasts, and hopefully more storage space built in. Whatever extra, will be a bonus, so go ahead and surprise us!

    It is a bummer that the answer to my question on a Wireless Mini was negative, but I also understand why. Directv and Dish Network accomplish this with a "professional install only" wireless video bridge , which is practically impossible for TiVo to accomplish. As far as I know, only Layer3 Tv has the wireless built in main DVR box, which is also impossible for TiVo as they would need to built the DVR from the scratch.

    A "refreshed" Mini next year with 4K capabilities is also good news.

    There were also hints on additional streaming services available, integration with Sling, Vue, etc, but I personally don't care much, as I want TiVo to focus on what they currently do - as a premium DVR - its core business.
     
  15. Aug 18, 2016 #55 of 256
    foghorn2

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    ..and cloud dvr, the future
     
  16. Aug 18, 2016 #56 of 256
    NashGuy

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    Thanks to David for including my Q and to Ira for his answer, cryptic though it is.

    What could Ira be hinting at here? Rather than a new piece of retail hardware, it sounds to me more like a new piece of software to be run on existing TiVos (which would allow TCF members to serve as beta testers), whether it's a standalone app or an extension of the core TiVo OS that provides some new features. Perhaps this is tied into a refresh of the TiVo UI or some kind of update to OnePass that will put a greater emphasis on on-demand/streaming than currently exists? (I guess that would be a move away from "the trajectory of traditional DVR". It's also something you see in the UI of Comcast's X1, for instance.) Any thoughts?
     
  17. Aug 18, 2016 #57 of 256
    bradleys

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    I suppose this doesn't surprise me, but it was interesting to see it in writing...
     
  18. Aug 18, 2016 #58 of 256
    HarperVision

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    Comcast sux, I hope they DO NOT partner with them on a streaming service! If they're willing to eschew their so called customers and give them crap by down converting 1080i native to 720p, then who knows what the heck they're willing to do just to rip another dollar out of the pockets of their hard working customers!

    I agree integrated is best, but I think it would happen in stages with something like this. First offer it as an app to access on at least an OTA capable TiVo, then work on a nice UI that eventually merges it all together in the guide and OnePass.
     
  19. Aug 18, 2016 #59 of 256
    Dan203

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    Now that Windows 10 officially supports encrypted HLS I'm betting that we see a Windows 10 app similar to the iOS/Android apps eventually. Unfortunately for us those platforms record in a special encrypted format that VideoReDo couldn't handle. :(
     
  20. Aug 18, 2016 #60 of 256
    HarperVision

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    I have thought about this many times. Maybe TiVo could offer "enthusiast installation" whereby they contract with TiVo enthusiasts like us here on TCF. When a new customer that doesn't understand TiVo and how to hook it all up and how it all works, they can maybe put a flyer into each box and a note online for an 800 # to call where a CSR has phone numbers and emails of contracted enthusiasts in their area that can personally help with their install and setup. They can maybe offer phone and email support initially and then in home assistance if needed.

    In return, TiVo could offer the enthusiast installer monthly credits, free/discounted equipment, free lifetime/All-In on a TiVo of their choice, etc.

    I believe this would alleviate TONS of cases where the new customer finally just gives up and returns their new toy due to all the hassles of cablecards, TAs, ignorant CSRs and techs, cost analysis vs renting cable co STB, etc. This could really help build TiVo into a successful retail product.

    We did something similar to this with TAW, Inc. when we launched back at the turn of the century where we had started signing up reps in each state/area/territory who owned the products and got substantial discounts on them and could also be a "dealer" for the prospective client to come to their home theater and see the gear in action. TAW's products were basically sold online only, which was unheard of really back then. No one was going to spend $20K+ for an elite CRT projector and video scaler like the Rock+ without seeing it first. This filled the void and I personally helped sell many of these units this way, and got some amazing HT gear in the process!

    Probably cloud DVR and the software can be downloaded to current TiVos. Then they can be similar to X1 where the cloud can increase storage capacity. If it works well, then they can release a new STB with no hard drive that is cloud DVR only. Maybe something similar to the Evolution Digital eBox? He did mention and say that TiVo's comments lately weren't about getting out of the retail equipment game, rather about using third party manufacturers to make their boxes or contract the TiVo SW to run on their boxes, like a company like Evolution Digital, as we've discussed. :)
     
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