Breaking: TiVo Rolls Out Video and Photo Sharing Service

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DISCUSSION

1. The Photo aspect is really NOT THE POINT. OTM is actually a very poor photo site, use Yahoo Photos (which is a native HME app on ALL S2/S3 TiVos), or Flickr (which is available as a 3rd party HME app).

2. Only the person sharing the video pays, not the people viewing them. So 'grandma', while she needs a TiVo, doesn't pay OTM. The idea is that you can upload your family videos, etc, and make them available to others - online or on TiVo. TiVo is very easy to use, much less confusing than a PC, so you buy grandma a TiVo for her shows, and set it up to auto-download the videos of the grandkids too.

3. This is unlikely to ever be free. This is not a service from TiVo, it is provider by OTM and they charge for hosting the videos. TiVo partnered with OTM simply to enable the video downloads to TiVo boxes, and there is no additional fee for that feature - it is part of the OTM service fee. Just like they partnered with Amazon to bring Unbox to the TiVo. Same technology.

4. The Comcast software is completely unrelated, and Comcast, not TiVo, controls the timing of deployments. The software is working, Comcast has it deployed in field trials. Further deployments are up to Comcast. TiVo would love to see Comcast deploying the software as they get revenue from that.