Amazon and TiVo said they were launching a service to deliver films
and television shows bought or rented online directly to television
The US companies are testing an "Amazon Unbox on TiVo" service that
lets people select shows or movies at the online retailer's website
and have them sent to TiVo subscribers.
The original Amazon Unbox video service, launched in September
2006, lets users download films or television shows to personal
computers or mobile devices compatible with Windows Media software.
The new service directs Unbox downloads to TiVo digital recording
boxes linked to televisions.
"By teaming up with TiVo, we are offering our customers another
great way to watch their Unbox videos," said Amazon vice president
Studios selling shows or films at Unbox include CBS, Paramount
Pictures, Universal, Warner Brothers Entertainment and Lionsgate,
according to Amazon.
Unbox on TiVo is being tested by a group of TiVo subscribers and
will "be available soon," the companies said in a joint release.
"TiVo is taking the best way to watch TV and making it the best way
to get popular movies and television shows from major Hollywood
studios," said TiVo chief executive Tom Rogers.
"Now, TiVo subscribers can rent and purchase movies and TV shows
and download them to their television set -- all without leaving
Founded in 1997, the digital television recording pioneer has had
skyrocketing success with its set-top service which enables viewers
to automatically record programming, skipping over commercial