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TiVo to add YouTube to its lineup

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 12th 2008 9:08AM
TiVo on YouTubeTiVo plans to let users find and watch YouTube videos on their television sets later this year. The service will be available for customers with broadband-connected Series3 and TiVo HD boxes. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the lack of Series2 support means two things:
  1. TiVo isn't really focusing on Series2 development much anymore
  2. TiVo may be waiting for YouTube to officially roll out higher resolution videos before launching the service.
Anyone who's ever hooked up a computer to a TV set and tried to watch YouTube videos can tell you that they tend to look pretty crappy. While low resolution video might be good enough for a small window in your web browser, when you blow that same video up on a 27 inch or larger screen, it just looks like bunch of pixels. If TiVo plans to roll out YouTube video support on its HD-capable boxes, I can't imagine they'll want to do so before YouTube upgrades its video player.

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Actually I think it is really related to one thing - the S3/TiVo HD have hardware that can decode H.264, the Series2 does not. Simple as that.

March 12 2008 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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