TiVo has launched TiVo Online, a free Web-based portal for PCs and Macs that enables TiVo customers and non-TiVo consumers to find and discover shows from pay TV operators or from a variety of over-the-top streaming services.
For TiVo subs, the new Web-based component also supports some additional bells and whistles, including the ability to stream live TV and recorded shows when they are connected to the home network.
Spotted Tuesday by the ZatzNotFunny blog, TiVo bills the new portal “an exciting new way to watch live and recorded TV right on your laptop’s browser…TiVo Online combines the power of TiVo with the convenience and mobility of the laptop experience.”
At launch, TiVo subscribers can also use TiVo Online to stream live and recorded TV when on their home network or launch titles with one click from supported programmers and streaming sites. TiVo said an update planned for later this year will allow anyone who registers for a free TiVo account to get “much of the same highly personalized viewing experience available now to TiVo subscribers."
The new, free-to-all version of TiVo Online will include the aforementioned unified search feature, a “What to Watch Now” element that presents popular programming based on genres or themes, and the TiVo guide. TiVo acquired video recommendations company Digitalsmiths last year.
TiVo Online for active TiVo subs also enables qualified users to create and manage OnePasses, or copy OnePass selections from one DVR to another, manage their “My Shows” list, stream recordings or watch live TV when on the home network, and access a “To Do List” that lets users view and manage upcoming recordings. According to info posted by the company, TiVo Online can be used with all models in the TiVo Roamio and TiVo Premiere DVR family.
This video shows the new TiVo Online feature in action.
TiVo Online emerges after TiVo has developed authenticated portals for Web browsers for MVPD partners such as Atlantic Broadband that share the general look and feel of TiVo’s UI for set-tops, smartphones and tablets.