Oh Crap - Rovi buys TiVo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by JoeKustra, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Mar 24, 2016 #41 of 752
    Space

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    Pretty sure this is Microsoft's problem, not Rovi. Rovi just supplies the data, it is up to Microsoft to take that data and properly populate it in to WMC format. So while Rovi can take a lot of the blame for the poor data quality, I don't think they are to blame for those things.

    The feedback I am talking about are adding channels to a lineup, incorrect data for individual programs, etc. These are things that they control.

    For example, WMC no longer has year of release info for movies. Rovi supplies this information, it is not their fault that it is missing from WMC, it is Microsoft that has dropped the ball by not properly populating the data in WMC.
     
  2. Mar 24, 2016 #42 of 752
    davefred99

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    The writing has been on the wall for months. This comes as no surprise to me as I have said for awhile now that Tivo as we know it now in the retail market is an End of line Product.
    My guess is it will continue in its present form for a few more years and they will honor the lifetime commitments for the time being but only time will tell if there is any new retail product development going forward.
    Personally I have already started to move away from Tivo Possibly getting a Tablo and using Roku & FireTv boxes for most my TV viewing.
     
  3. Mar 24, 2016 #43 of 752
    filovirus

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    Doesn't Tablo and ChannelMaster use Rovi data?
     
  4. Mar 24, 2016 #44 of 752
    Scooter Scott

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    This really is a bummer :(

    Think positive
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  5. Mar 24, 2016 #45 of 752
    jlb

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    We just use our tivo/cable with locals. I guess between the NBC/ABC/FOX apps on apple TV, and then the CBS app, I could reasonably get everything we currently get for the most part.....
     
  6. Mar 24, 2016 #46 of 752
    mumpower

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    He's only the temp CEO anyway. As a former CFO for the company, his expertise is in the financial end. It's a member of Rovi's board that is pushing for this, and he's actually someone focused on innovation as much as survival.

    Having said that, I'm not a fan of Rovi. If this merger transpired, it would feel like the beginning of the end for TiVo.
     
  7. Mar 24, 2016 #47 of 752
    bonscott87

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    I almost wish I had gotten my Roku before the Tivo. Between Hulu and CBS All Access I wouldn't even need a Tivo for OTA since it would all be there streaming. Then again Hulu could come crashing down at any minute if Time Warner has it's way. :(
     
  8. Mar 24, 2016 #48 of 752
    mattyro7878

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    I don't know what it means but Rovi stock is down 14 minutes before market ckose
     
  9. Mar 24, 2016 #49 of 752
    Dan203

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    I'm starting to think the same thing. I didn't realize that Hulu had so much stuff. I might be able to cut the cord myself.
     
  10. Mar 24, 2016 #50 of 752
    lessd

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    What !! you only care about your Lifetime, what about my Lifetime TiVos :rolleyes:
     
  11. Mar 24, 2016 #51 of 752
    NashGuy

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    Keep in mind that you can install the FREE CBS channel plug-in on Plex Media Server and then access the last five eps of virtually all CBS shows (commercial-free in HD) using the Plex app on your Roku.
     
  12. Mar 24, 2016 #52 of 752
    ncted

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    So, it is a race to see if retail box support gets dropped before the FCC ruins OTA broadcasts then.
     
  13. Mar 24, 2016 #53 of 752
    NashGuy

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    There are a few specific things I would miss if I were to move away from my Roamio OTA to a pure streaming set-up -- mainly being able to watch that day's national newscast and that Sunday morning's news shows later in the same day. With Hulu, that stuff isn't available until the following day (I think) and the point of news is that you want it same-day.

    And trick play is certainly better on TiVo recordings than with streaming, although I've yet to try out a Fire TV and I think it may be pretty good there (especially with Amazon's own content).

    But yeah, once you get used to having Hulu plus one or two other streaming services, it does kinda of make you see how, for a lot of non-cable subscribers, there's not *that* much appeal to an OTA DVR. (And many existing cable subscribers who aren't hard-core TV fans would find themselves pretty satisfied with a combination of Sling TV and Hulu on their streaming box of choice as opposed to their current big cable TV package plus cable-co DVR.)
     
  14. Mar 24, 2016 #54 of 752
    Dan203

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    If TiVo goes under due to this merger I think I'll be OK with streaming. I might even try out PlayStation Vue. If the choice is between the crappy cable DVR and streaming I think streaming would win.
     
  15. Mar 24, 2016 #55 of 752
    TonyD79

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    I will go back to the fios box if necssary. It is not good but it is useable.
     
  16. Mar 24, 2016 #56 of 752
    JoeKustra

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    Rovi down 1.3%
    TiVo up 23%

    Still not as high as it was in 2015. Volume was even on Rovi too.
     
  17. Mar 24, 2016 #57 of 752
    Gunnyman

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    And I recently bought a Bolt with Lifetime to escape Charter's horrible DVR. Am I screwed?
     
  18. Mar 24, 2016 #58 of 752
    davefred99

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    I dont care much who does the guide data because I mostly only use OTA to watch local news and record a few odd shows not available via streaming like Judge Judy for my wife or the Dog Wisperer.
    Other than that I stream on Demand or use Watch ESPN for sports occasionally Having a DVR is a minor part of my TV watching and honestly the TIvo Streaming apps are pretty bad or limited accept for Netflix so I use Roku or Firetv most of the time now a days.
     
  19. Mar 24, 2016 #59 of 752
    gbshuler@yahoo.c

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    Walk back up this thread. What appears to be aTiVo employee asserts that TiVo is legally bound to fulfill its obligations. Of course they could just buy you out.


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  20. Mar 24, 2016 #60 of 752
    eherberg

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    It would hardly be difficult to change guide providers. The TiVo connects to the TiVo server the same as it always does. They would just have to change it at one point at the source.
     

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