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TiVo users now have access to Amazon Video on Demand, which includes HD TV episode purchase and movie rental options.  (Source:
Tivo users get a brand new free service for their couch-potato enjoyment

TiVo, which single-handedly created and led the digital video recorder (DVR) market, just rolled out a big new edition for their broadband-connected subscribers.  TiVo has partnered with to offer HD movie and television downloads via Amazon Video on Demand.

The new service will be offered to all Series3, TiVo HD, or TiVo HD XL customers with a broadband connection.  New HD movies will be offered in rental format for $3.99 - $4.99 (older rentals will be $2.99).  While Blockbuster and other physical retailers are starting to build up their Blu-Ray disc offerings, this seems likely to be among the cheapest means of finding HD videos customers want.

Television episodes, on the other hand, will be offered for purchase for $2.99. 

With both services, Amazon is going head-to-head with Apple's iTunes.  Both services have roughly equivalent pricing for both rentals and downloads -- Amazon appears to have a slight edge in number of older titles.  Apple, however, has a contract with ABC, which Amazon does not.

Regardless, with an entry into most TiVo sets, Amazon gains a unique advantage over its competitor.  Cheers Tara Maitra, general manager and vice president of content services and advertising sales at TiVo Inc., "Consumers are seeking affordable entertainment alternatives to an expensive trip to the movies. With HD downloads for movies and TV shows, TiVo and Amazon can transform any night into a memorable movie experience, all for a fraction of the cost of the theater. 

“Consumers are seeking affordable entertainment alternatives to an expensive trip to the movies. With HD downloads for movies and TV shows, TiVo and Amazon can transform any night into a memorable movie experience, all for a fraction of the cost of the theater," Maitra continued.

TiVo Search will now offer HD results from Amazon along with broadcast and cable programs.  Users can follow this link to activate their TiVo for the service.  Your TiVo should be updated after registration.  For more info on the new service, Amazon encourages customers to visit TiVo's related page.

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cheapest offering?
By zinfamous on 4/21/2009 4:44:55 PM , Rating: 3
Netflix currently charges $3 for BD access, and the quality is far superior to a highly compressed downloaded offering.

I can see how this will appeal to those currently without Blu-Ray hardware, but it's hardly a comparison for those that have that choice.

RE: cheapest offering?
By theapparition on 4/21/2009 6:30:11 PM , Rating: 3
How about for someone who wants to watch a movie right now, without waiting a few days for thier netflix package?

There's been pleny of times when the wife and I wanted to watch a movie and didn't plan 5 days in advance. That's why OnDemand is so popular and why I think that Netflix's service, much like the brick-and-mortar Blockbuster was, is doomed for failure.

Granted, Netflix is an awesome service, but when this country gets more connected, we'll see the bulk of movies delivered OnDemand. Sure Netflix offers streaming, but I think you'll find more and more providers will offer comparative services. Then there's no more need to go to a 3rd party. Just my future prediction, that's all.

RE: cheapest offering?
By s12033722 on 4/21/2009 7:18:45 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect that both the Netflix and the On Demand models will coexist. I use both. Netflix is much cheaper overall to get movies I want and has better selection. On Demand allows me to get movies right away, but I pay a bit more. Both work for me.

RE: cheapest offering?
By smackababy on 4/22/2009 8:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
Netflix takes a total of 2 days tops to get to my house. Plus, you can stream HD on Netflix for some movies anyway. I didn't like the higher access fee for BluRay but I feel it is worth it anyway.

RE: cheapest offering?
By Smilin on 4/22/2009 9:36:03 AM , Rating: 2
You can't stream HD on Netflix.

Their "HD" is just shy of DVD quality and it comes in 2 channel stereo.

RE: cheapest offering?
By Smilin on 4/22/2009 9:35:00 AM , Rating: 2
Shenanigans. I have a TiVo series 3 and Blu-Ray so I definately have a choice.

Netflix sucks. I dropped them several months ago.

1. You can get BD delivered in the mail IF YOU CAN FIND THEM. Their selection sucks and they are frequently backordered on anything interesting.
2. The netflix video on demand is horrible quality. The "HD" stuff is not on par with DVD and it's in two channel stereo. It's not true HD by any sense.
3. Their network is simply not powerful enough to do "real time". They need to put a few minutes of buffering in. I never once saw a movie on Netflix that didn't have some pause or ugly jitter in it. Not once. (and yes my internet is fine).

I've stuck with Amazon. Both Amazon and Netflix already have video on demand for the TiVo and the Amazon offering is far superior. Adding High-Def to Amazon will only widen the gap.

RE: cheapest offering?
By SunAngel on 4/22/2009 9:54:56 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting. I've been with Netflix for nearly 4 years and I can only recall twice when I didn't receive my top que choice, whether Blu-ray or DVD. One reason you may have had a problem is your 'over-using' the service. Just because its all you-can-eat doesn't mean your REQUIRED to do so. It's a renewal plan, thus, you don't lose anything if you only watch a few movies in a month.

RE: cheapest offering?
By eraser1 on 4/22/2009 2:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
I've had Netflix for more than 6 years and I really like it. I had problems getting the movies only when I overused the account. But since the time I have been careful I've always got the latest Blu-Ray release.
I've not found any VOD service that will stream new HI-Def audio formats (DTS-HD, True HD). Until that happens I don't think services like Netflix is in danger.
I've used Netflix streaming time to time and its OK if you want to watch older movies. I agree their HD movie is little shy of actual DVD quality.
I was looking into TiVo but could not justify the monthly charge + cost of hardware. I don't watch lots of TV so I just bought a HDD based DVR for recording regular TV.

RE: cheapest offering?
By kkwst2 on 4/22/2009 10:55:25 AM , Rating: 2
The bottom line is that most people are not that discriminating. I can say that I don't see that much difference between Cable HD and Blu-Ray. There's some, but it doesn't change my enjoyment of the movie for sure.

I think what this really does is remove the last reason for wanting a Cable box. I don't use On Demand that often, but it's nice to have. And I think the reason I don't use it more is selection. This sounds like it will have better selection of HD titles than On Demand.

The Comcast DVR software just absolutely blows, so this further tempts me to make the plunge to Tivo HD.

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