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Wish we could get something like this. I'd love to be able to download shows to my iPad, so I could watch them without the need for a wifi connection or the headache of intermittent connection issues while streaming.
(I know they tried this in the past with the DishPlayer, but who wants to buy another portable device when you already have a smartphone or tablet?).

By Salvador Rodriguez
May 24, 2012, 9:02 a.m.
You watch TV on your terms, and sometimes you don't even watch it on an actual TV at all.

And that's perfectly fine with TiVo.

The company behind the digital video recording device is preparing to launch a gadget this summer that will further enable that behavior by letting users hook up their iPad and iPhone to their main TiVo device to stream and download content.

That means you'll be able to watch shows recorded or in the process of being recorded from your iOS device anywhere in your home as well as be able to download certain shows you record to take with you anywhere.

The Times reported this development Wednesday, but since then we've spoken with a TiVo vice president who let us in on more information.

TiVo Stream hooks up to your main TiVo box through your home Wi-Fi network. It can support up to three iOS devices, and a fourth if you have two TiVo boxes, said Jim Denney, vice president and general manager of product marketing.

Through that connection, users can access any of their recorded content and stream it anywhere in their home.

If they want to watch their shows outside the home, users can download content to their current TiVo iOS app -- which will need updating before doing this -- and save it natively, which takes about one fourth the duration of a show (so an hourlong show wil take about 15 minutes to download).

"The key is giving the consumer the freedom to watch whatever they want, wherever they want," he said. "We think it's a natural evolution of the entire ecosystem, bringing content wherever it wants to go."

Of course, like most technology involving media content, there are some limitations.

You'll be able to stream some premium content, but you won't be able to download it. Denney used HBO programming as an example of these kinds of shows that won't be moving around outside the home.

But other shows, including all content from broadcast networks, will be free to roam around in your pocket.

Denney said TiVo was working out the certification issues and making sure all of its partners were comfortable with TiVo Stream.

TiVo is "very conscious of content protection from an industry standpoint," he said. "We're very conscious of protecting content from piracy."

Currently, only iOS devices are planned for TiVo Stream, but Denney said once the iPhone and iPad get going, TiVo will also look at Android.
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