Add TiVo Inc. to the list of companies trying to wed the Internet to television. The digital recording company will soon allow customers to download TV shows to their set-top boxes via the Internet — even before the shows air on TV.
TiVo has struck a deal with the Independent Film Channel to transmit several of the cable channel"s shows through a broadband connection as part of a trial program. Participating customers will begin receiving the shows next week, said TiVo spokesman Elliot Sloane.
Sloan confirmed that TiVo sent messages to its customers — later posted on the technology Web log Engadget.com — offering to transmit three IFC shows beginning Aug. 19, before they aired on the cable channel.
News source: Yahoo News