Screwy article with lots of misconceptions and mistakes.vector1701 said:
Actually both Netflix and TiVo are having a problem with delivering online content for the same reason eveything else is screwed up, namely DRM issues. In fact, DRM issues for shifting content around are going to cost all of us huge sums of money in the future.MSNBC article said:"Last year, the buzz was considerable about TiVo's plans for a movie download service with Netflix. But that's currently on ice because the DVD rental service is focusing on high-definition, while TiVo's primary focus remains standard-definition video, Denney said."
Actually for the purpose of any real number of added subscribers, it has already ended.MSNBC article said:"The company's biggest source of new subscribers, a long-running relationship with DirecTV, is set to end next year as the satellite TV company switches to a different DVR platform."
And ROKU LLC, only makes music and photo players and NO DVR. And ReplayTV dropped out of the Standalone DVR marketplace just in the last couple of weeks.MSNBC article said:"But deals with cable and satellite companies and steeply discounted hardware make the standalone DVR business very tough, said Anthony Wood, who founded TiVo rival ReplayTV and later started Roku LLC, a maker of advanced digital media players."
The only real true forward looking part of the whole article. IPTV and FTTP/FTTH. Although until IPTV and FTTP/FTTH and the bandwidth become available, the DVR is going to be king, at least for the next decade or two. And the way the cable industry is INFIGHTING, it could be longer. Of course, if the cable industry takes too long, then they could be ran over by the same delivery system.MSNBC article said:"It's always been my opinion that DVR is sort of a stepping-stone technology, more of a feature than an actual product," he said. "Really, the future is Internet delivered content _ not recording it and watching it later."