TiVo has figured out a way for you to share your home videos and photos directly with other TiVo users, sending that content directly from the Web to someone's TiVo. Teaming up with video and photo sharing site One True Media, the company is offering this service for free until the end of April.
First you upload your video or photos to the One True Media site, where you can either create video montages or online slideshows with soundtracks. Then you enter the secret code of a TiVo to which you'd like to send the montage, and it shows up on that TiVo just like any other content. But wait, it gets better.
You can also create your own video channel on One True Media, and TiVo users can subscribe to your channel by using the TiVo's Season Pass feature, and then with each video or slideshow you upload an edit will end up automatically on that TiVo user's Now Playing List just like any other Season Pass recording.
Whoever's on the receiving end of these videos or pictures doesn't have to pay anything, and the Web service will be free while in its beta period, ending at the end of April. After that, the company says subscriptions are $3.99 a month, or $39.99 a year.
Hey, this is a cool idea, putting home videos and photo sequences on equal footing with every other TV show recorded on the TiVo box. Might be a great system for grandma to subscribe to videos and pictures of her young 'uns—if she has a broadband-connected TiVo Series2 or Series3 box, that is.
Product Page [One True Media]