TiVo says it will add 12 on-demand TV channels to its Caspa broadband service.
The new channels will go live on July 14.
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TiVo has yet to comment on how much the new channels will cost (Caspa’s current on-demand TV content is a mix of free and paid TV series, which are downloaded by episode).
And it has only confirmed the content of one of the channels so far: Bella, a “women’s channels” that will be sponsored by Cadbury.
3D coming to NZ
In Australia, TiVo launched 3DTV support in June.
A TiVo set-top box has the ability to interpret a 3D broadcast, or download, and display it on a 3DTV.
Currently in Australia, TiVo is offering a selection of 3D movie trailers for download via its Caspa service.
And TiVo Australia promises, “In coming months, the CASPA 3D VoD offering will grow to include 3D short films, animations and documentaries, with full feature 3D films available from December - so stay tuned!”
A rep for the one-third TVNZ-owned Hybrid TV, which holds the TiVo license for Australasia, told NBR that 3DTV support was “definitely on the roadmap” for the company’s New Zealand operation.
However, she would not commit to a date.
TiVo owners can also view any 3DTV broadcasts by affiliated broadcasters, which has included a handful of sporting events across the ditch.
Here, TiVo takes its broadcast feed from Freeview HD - none of whose members (including TVNZ, MediaTV, and Sky TV by dint of Prime) are about to invest in a 3D broadcast anytime soon.
TiVo figures this is not a problem, however: you can record 3DTV now, or collect 3D content via Caspa downloads, then store it on your TiVo’s hard drive until that happy day in the future when you buy your first 3DTV.
Fri, 09 Jul 2010