Analyst (Me): TiVo Should Buy SageTV

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Analyst (Me): TiVo Should Buy SageTV

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I don't know about that.... 

Can you imagine how much tech support Tivo would have to have to support the average user?  MS has realized this and they don't' support anything with WMCE unless you buy it installed on a media center PC...

Also, I can't imagine that it would be as great as Sage is now...  I vaguely remember a great piece of software called Meedio...  Not sure what ever happened to that...  Smile

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I would like to see something more like beyond tv link.

Would allow you to use the tivo from your computer, while it is in use on your tv.

BTV Link allows you to watch all of your pre-recorded shows as well as live tv, with no special hardware in your machine.

Would be much much easier to support, as long as people had realistic expectations for performance on wireless networks.

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well, come Vista, Microsoft will be supporting Media Center, besides, Sage has such a phenomenal community behind it, that I don't think it'd be that bad.

But, I think TIVO would use their own software if it ever happens. Didn't replayTV do some beta test announcement about using their own software, and that fizzled away?

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shadymg wrote:

Didn't replayTV do some beta test announcement about using their own software, and that fizzled away?

I wouldn't exactly say it fizzled away.  You can get it at http://www.replaytv.com/product_details.asp, the only problem being that it is $99 PLUS $20 a year after that, thus making it not a very viable product for most HTPCers.

Edit:  Well, looking at the site again, it's supposed to be released this month sometime.

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Yeah, the entry price for the Replay TV thing plus the yearly cost thing just doesn't do it for me when theres something like SageTV, BTV and even MCE for less money, more functionality and "proven" technology.

Instead of trying to develop their own they should really be looking towards strategic partnerships with existing PVR app makers. Imagine what Sage could be if TiVo instead invested money into it so that it could branded it as a "TiVo Edition" app. Hell, create a custom TiVo version of the Linux build and sell Tivo branded systems.

But yeah, despite TiVo popularity I think they really need a winner and I don't think the Series 3 is it. Hence their reason for even looking at this market and the reason why they keep trying stuff like this: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4957

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What's up Crim!!!!

Your post reminds me, that that's exactly what Meedio did...my question which you reminded me of, is how's that going? Has anyone seen or heard from that? Or god forbid is actually using it?

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I've been lurking. Wink

You know what? I'm not too sure whats happened with that, it's like it totally dropped off of the face of the earth after Yahoo bought it. Thats pretty sad.

Meedio was different; Yahoo pretty much bought it up, closed up the "Meedio shop" and then rebranded it as it's own. I'm talking about investing money into a product and, pretty much, buying an OEM version for TiVo rather then developing their own. They wouldn't swallow up Sage like Yahoo did Meedio.

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Yah, they really screwed the pooch on that one. Meedio had such a great community that did a lot of the work on their own for free. But oh well, guess the maker of Meedio got paid which is always nice, just sad cuz it had a lot of potential.

Mike Garcen (shadymg) MissingRemote Editor-in-Chief Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP (formerly Media Center MVP) Twitter @mikegarcen MissingRemote on Facebook

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