Have you ever planned on watching something on television that you saw advertised a few days before? Better yet, have you ever done so and forgot about it and remembered after you've already left the house. Well, Yahoo! and TiVo have your solution. In a move that further blurs the lines of television and the Internet, Yahoo! and TiVo have partnered to schedule downloads to TiVo boxes from any Internet connection.
TiVo is a digital video recorder which uses built in hard drives to store large amounts of content, specifically television programs. TiVo users can pause live shows and program their systems to record TV broadcasts and even skip commercials. Now, consumers (those with valid Yahoo! and TiVo accounts) will have the ability to schedule recordings of TV shows from a special Yahoo! portal feature. A Yahoo!/TiVo user can simply log into the special Yahoo! section, view an updated episodes page, and click a "Record to my TiVo box" button to transmit the request to their home TiVo box. TiVo then follows through and records your request.
While I don't use TiVo, I for one think that this is a great idea and one that both parties and their customers / users can benefit from. In addition, I am betting that both companies have future plans of some how integrating and sharing web related content, such as weather, user photos, or even search listings. Imagine being able to search Yahoo! through your TiVo recorders and TV... very nice! Apparently talks are already taking place to create a service which would enable consumers the ability to search for videos across the web and then watch them through their television / TiVo connection.
I believe this partnership agreement carries some very positive elements. Both Yahoo! and TiVo are household names, and coming together like they have provides a truly incredible experience for their users.