While working out last night, I was horrified to see a promo for 24..."special two hours, beginning at 8/7 central." How could I forget that it was a special, two hours starting an hour early? There was no way I was going to make it home unless Jack showed up at the office to helilift me home.
Well, thanks to Tivo and Verizon, I no longer have to remember all the sinister devices network execs employ to deepen the hook they already have in me. WSJ reported today (3/7/06 B3) that Verizon and Tivo have partnered to turn cells into a novel Tivo remote. The service works with a small software program that Verizon customers can download to their handsets that can communicate back to their Tivo. The nickel and dime game continues, as the price is going to be additional $5 per month, but speaking from a guy trapped 45 minutes away from a program that starts in 30, it's a service worth considering.
FYI: Tivo penetration has nearly doubled each of the past few years. WSJ reports (via Magna Global Research) that there were just over 11MM subs to Tivo and other DVRs in '05, up from a little over 6MM in '04 and less than 3MM in '03.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Posted by eferch at 3/07/2006 02:39:00 PM