TiVo service expands to iPods, PSPs
TiVo is expanding its video-recording service so that users can transfer recorded television shows onto Apple Computer iPods or Sony PlayStation Portable.
The enhanced TiVoToGo feature being announced today will also add more copy-protection measures. Recorded shows will have digital watermarks that will follow the copied program wherever it goes, giving TiVo the ability to trace the origin of a transferred program that might get posted freely onto the Internet.
With its introduction in January of When TiVoToGo subscribers could transfer recorded shows to Windows-based PCs and laptops as well as portable media players. But the service was available only to devices compatible with Microsoft's Portable Media Center platform.
By adding support for the MPEG-4 video format, TiVo hopes to capitalize on the popularity of iPods and PSPs.
The new service will be available today for current TiVo subscribers as a beta test and for the general public in the first quarter of next year.