Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs

  • A new broadband-connected TV model from Best Buy Co. Inc. is the first to bake in the TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) user interface without the need for a separate set-top box. The new Insignia-branded sets signal a new era for TiVo as it tries to place less emphasis on the capital-intensive hardware end of its business. Best Buy sets sells the 32-inch version for US$499 while the 42-incher fetches $699, with Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), CinemaNow and YouTube Inc. among the featured apps. (See TiVo Gets Inside Best Buy TVs.)

  • Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) kept the heat on Netflix after striking a licensing deal with NBCUniversal LLC that lets Amazon beef up its Prime Instant Video service, which is currently stocked with about 8,000 movies and TV shows.

  • It's not nearly as hot a seller as the iPad, but the $99 streaming-only version of the Apple TV is being sold at a modest 500,000 units per quarter, AppleInsider says. (See Will Smaller Apple TV Spell Big Trouble for VoD?)

  • Some former NPG Cable systems in Arizona officially took on the Suddenlink Communications moniker last week as the new buyer matched the rebranding with service enhancements, including a free cable modem downstream speed increase and access to more HD channels and Suddenlink's new TiVo offering. (See Suddenlink Closes NPG Cable Buy and Suddenlink Boxes Up TiVo Deal .)

  • More fallout from Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s acquisition of NBCU: Versus (the ESPN wannabee) will be rechristened as the NBC Sports Network effective Jan. 2, 2012, complete with a new peacock logo.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • COMMENTS Add Comment
    bmanley 12/5/2012 | 4:57:38 PM
    re: Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs

    So how does this TV work if you subscribe to Digital Cable or Satellite TV?  Doesn't seem like it is a good solution for the masses without CableCard support or interface to Satellite TV.

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:57:37 PM
    re: Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs

    No CableCARD involved here, so for you'd need a set-top for digital cable services and need somethign separate for a traditional DVR for that matter...  p retty much the situation you'd face with just about every other new type of connected TV. But this one has the TiVo interface for people who are partial to it, and that seems to be the direction Best Buy is taking to try to diffentiate from other connected TVs or from having to build its own UI.  Some cable operators have been working on an API approach that would ditch the need for the set-top and rely on an IP simulcast, but nothing's been announced in that regard between Best Buy and any cable operators. JB


    bmanley 12/5/2012 | 4:57:36 PM
    re: Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs

    Thanks for the reply Jeff.  I agree the TIVO interface is better than most, if not all connected TV's I have seen.  I think this will complement the TV's greatly.  To take it a step further would be awesome to see one with Cable Card support so you could get your Digital Cable without a Set Top Box. (Wishful Thinking)

    thenight62 12/5/2012 | 4:57:36 PM
    re: Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs

    Assuming it's capable of DLNA, DTCP-IP and HTML5, it will be 'Gateway Ready' when hybrid or all-IP gateways start hitting the market in mass over the next few years.  Maybe slightly ahead of it's time, but this is the way things will be heading.

    Spec sheet says "Dual Band 802.11n", which means it will support 2.4GHz and the less crowded 5GHz...

    I think this could be a more important development than it appears on the surface.



    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:57:36 PM
    re: Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs

    Sure thing. And I agree that approach is defintely a complement since it still leaves much out and doesn't answer the bell if you don't like set-tops but still want the full array of digital pay-TV services from MSOs, satellite TV guys and telcos. Tru2way tried to answer that in a way that would let you get cable's interactive digital services, but it was a failure at retail. And I'm not sure AllVid's the near-term answer either. JB

    comtech3 12/5/2012 | 4:57:22 PM
    re: Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs

    It is USELESS! You do need a set-top box because almost all MSOs QAM channels are encrypted.This TV is no better than the Google Panasonic TV, or the Logitech Revu set-top.And for the life of me, why do people need Tivo? I've gone to poor granma's house and still see her still paying a monthly fee for AOL when she has Comcast Internet! Same thing with Tivo.

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