updated 09:30 am EST, Thu November 29, 2007
TiVo Series 4 Hint
TiVo may have tipped its hand and revealed the next generation of its digital video recorder, according to the company's third-quarter results briefing. The device maker says that it has made a deal with the cable TV industry that will let TiVo's hardware tune any signal that supports the OpenCable standard in both directions. This will allow an upcoming DVR to access video-on-demand services and other features that have previously been impossible to implement in the past, the company says. Today, TiVo's Series 2, Series 3, and TiVo HD models all support only one-way analog or digital tuning, forcing users to visit non-interactive channels.
This unnamed future DVR would also be the first TiVo to be completely independent of a set-top box as it would be able to steer channels without any help, the company says. A timetable for the release of the device has not been included with the release, though the California-based firm mentions the news as part of its guidance and suggests that the device will be available sometime before the end of the new fiscal year, which for TiVo ends in October 2008.