TiVo providing internet downloads to TV sets


TiVo announced subscribers can now watch video content from the Web directly on their television sets. Through an updated version of TiVo’s Desktop Plus PC software, users can now discover and enjoy a broad range of Web entertainment available directly from their TV. The application uses the Season Pass functionality on the TiVo service.

TiVo users can subscribe to and watch a broad range of video content available through RSS feeds, including everything from network nightly newscasts and The Sesame Street Podcast to Daily Headlines from MTV News and College Humor from CHTV. The application also gives consumers access to niche interest and hobbyist videos covering areas far more specialized than cable and satellite channels.

The availability of the web video comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that TiVo subscribers will be able to access YouTube videos directly on the TV via a TiVo DVR later this year.