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  Reply # 201215 14-Mar-2009 16:51
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Agree, I'm a bit of a fan of Freeview and don't have a need for Sky so read with interest about Tivo. I wonder if TVNZ will eventually pull TVNZ channels off Sky so they're only accessible through Freeview or Tivo? I wouldn't think that Sky would be that happy as I understand that most Sky viewers watch TV1 and TV2 through Sky. If I was in SkyTV I would quickly offer up something like PrimeTV on FreeviewHD platform so that TVNZ don't get too far ahead with Tivo. It sounds like Tivo has a bit more to offer than MySky and MyFreeview. I imagine that due to falling advertising TVNZ will launch Tivo and start charging customers to watch their channels  (and even those channels currently available through Freeview if those companies agree), this is long term problem for Sky as its customers will end up with Tivo and Sky boxes potentially. If Sky was smart it would put Prime on FreeviewHD now to push sales of Freeview free-to-air units so that it slows down the attraction of Tivo when its launched.

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  Reply # 201225 14-Mar-2009 18:08
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Maybe - will it be in HD though? TVNZ seems pretty disappoiinting re that.

Also, i can't see the Nats letting them drop out of SKY rebroadcast.




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  Reply # 201238 14-Mar-2009 21:44
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I don't see the big deal. All the cool things are crippled on it. In Aussie the IP TV is disabled, the home networking part is disabled, I bet they won't allow it to skip adds automatically, what would TV3 etc say about that.

And last part NBR article:
"For a broadcaster, a TiVo box also offers a degree of control over a viewer's habits. For example, ad skipping functionality can be turned off."

Hope that doesn't mean they can stop you fast forwarding.

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  Reply # 201293 15-Mar-2009 16:12
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rugrat: 
And last part NBR article:
"For a broadcaster, a TiVo box also offers a degree of control over a viewer's habits. For example, ad skipping functionality can be turned off."

Hope that doesn't mean they can stop you fast forwarding.

If that were the case ,  once this info became public it would be the kiss of death for TiVo in NZ..





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  Reply # 201310 15-Mar-2009 18:19
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Hmmm, i wonder too about non TVNZ Channels on this platform. I would feel, and like many others to have no use at all for a unit which can only do one companies channels. It would suck even more if TVNZ pulled off Sky since this means changing TV inputs just to change channels.

I think the only way this can work is if the TiVo is fully freeview compatible otherwise its a waste of time, especially if has all that crippling built in.

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  Reply # 201313 15-Mar-2009 18:32
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Why the hell are TVNZ getting involved in this now.  Tivo was released to the rest of the world more than 5 years ago......the time to get involved was 3-5 years ago.  Talk about slow. 

Now we have Freeview.  How do Tivo and Freeview live side by side?  Will Mediaworks have their own set-top box as well?!? 

Why dont TVNZ just stick to Freeview and use the $15 million for something useful.




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  Reply # 201360 16-Mar-2009 07:29
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Another Computerworld article sheds some more light on this.

A Freeview compatible Tivo with enough downloadable content could give mySky a run for its money.

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  Reply # 201365 16-Mar-2009 08:00
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The reality here is that the broadcast TV model is going to fundamentally change in the coming years. On Demand is the future of broadcasting.

TVNZ do have a *huge* back catalogue of On Demand content that they could access - there are plenty of people who would love to download a missed episode of Shortland Street or infact download an episode from 5 years ago. This is before we start talking about downloading new release material.

There is a business case - it just depends whether it's a good one and whether TVNZ should be the ones investing $15 million to do it.

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  Reply # 201367 16-Mar-2009 08:33
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JimmyLizar:  

Why dont TVNZ just stick to Freeview and use the $15 million for something useful.

Yep like  programming in HD with DD5.1 sound.  Local sports that they cover also in HD..





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