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Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Glen, Aug 20, 2007.
I wonder why? Are they updating it? or is it the end of it?
Hmmm. Maybe they're using the web server space for this.
The UK TiVo site is still there at http://uk.tivo.com
Looks like they've just forgotten to renew the UK domain:
notice from the mytivo.com.au site that their remote has VCR and AUX buttons! even though it clearly aint a series 1 remote!
No it doesn't, those are "TV Input" and "Info" buttons as seen on a US S2 remote.
Additionally underneath those are "Window/PIP" and "Guide" buttons also missing from UK remotes.
"Info" and "Guide" both work correctly on UK S1 TiVos though. AFAIK the "Window" button is still "reserved for future use" on any TiVo.
www.tivo.co.uk still not back
I suppose the request to renew the domain was returned to sender by whoever now inhabits the UK Tivo office concerned?..........................................
Surely someone at Tivo Inc can sort this out.
Its only 50USD or whatever to pay.
I think it jumps up a bit if you actually let the thing expire - a few hundred anyway..
Thinking about it again the US office would probably be responsible for the domain as its on their website.
Perhaps some ignorant person there thought "oh we've closed the UK operation down so no need to renew that".
I suppose a few official complaints to UK Tivo customer services that may then get sent on to the USA are required.
Only if you have a not so good registrar. The only time I accidentally did it was the same fee, just a slight delay and inconvenience.
Just spoke to Sky customer services (as Post Office Homephone still only charge 1.5p per minute to 0870 at the weekend at all times unlike greedy BT) and spoke to a very nice lady who was a real Sky and Tivo expert (been there for years and totally in to knowing all about technology products unlike half their advisers for whom its only a job) who assured me she would get Tivo in the US emailed about the tivo.co.uk site going down and agreed it was bad given that it was still a live service.
She said they had already received 43 calls today about Tivo in the call centre. Of course I hope that a lot of those weren't cancellations by existing monthly subscribers.
Ok, so own up - who's tried to register it here
I'm guessing you...
Still shown as registered via BT but "SUSPENDED" (see below). As BT are the registrars it seems unlikely someone else will be able to nab it provided Tivo act in a timely fashion. Ozsat have you emailed the relevant contact at Tivo about this?
Was this Windsor address the old uk marketing and sales office of Tivo?
Yes. I remember looking for it when I worked near there.
I believe it contained one desk, one chair and a dog basket.
Companies House shows both a dormant Tivo in Birmingham and a still active Tivo (UK) in London. I wonder which of these is the UK Tivo subsidiary and deals with Sky? My money is on the London one due to the UK bit in the name:-
If the office had only one desk and a dog basket no wonder their UK marketing efforts were only half hearted and half baked!
Actually on checking the Nominet entry its definitely the London registered firm as the company numbers match.
I wonder what the Tivo based in Birmingham does. But then it is a dormant company so may go way back.
I'm almost tempted to pay the £1 now to find out who the directors of Tivo UK are. I suppose the shareholders will be just Tivo Inc unless Sky also turns out to still have shares?
Finding out the directors and the shareholders are completely different things.
Both are available in the Companies House website reports though. Private companies like this have to list all their shareholders in the reports (the only way to hide this is through using nominee shareholders). I think there are different rules for publicly quoted companies.