The AP does a story on how Tivo is being challenged by the NFL and Hollywood movie studios over a new feature "Tivo to Go" which allows Tivo users to move Tivo content to laptops and other non-Tivo machines.
TiVo has said it wants to give users more flexibility in how and where they view their recorded shows — on an airplane or a road trip, for example — and to let them share the content with a few friends. The company says it plans to incorporate copy-restriction technologies to limit the number of devices to which the shows can be transferred, preventing unfettered Internet distribution.While I certainly appreciate new features, I hope that Tivo's first and foremost concern is how to stay profitable and solvent. Who cares what features they have if the company isn't around in a few years to provide the basic service?
The content companies don't think TiVo's proposed safeguards are adequate enough to block users from sending their recorded shows to strangers' devices across the globe, said Fritz Attaway, executive vice president and legal counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America, the Hollywood lobbying arm that filed the opposition papers.
TiVo Battles Hollywood Over Copyrights [news.yahoo.com]