TiVo’s DVR boxes are getting another source for “on demand” videos: Blockbuster’s OnDemand rentals and purchases. Customers can access Blockbuster’s digital store via their TiVo box, in addition to the multiple other video on demand services, including Amazon’s Video on Demand and NetFlix Watch Instantly content.
With a single download, DirecTV subscribers can now schedule and record their DirecTV content via their iPod Touch or iPhone from anywhere in the world. The current mobile scheduler from DirecTV received a graphical upgrade for its iPhone release. Users can quickly browse programs and search based on date and time or channel parameters.
DirectTV will have the rights to broadcast NFL Sunday Ticket for another four years, right into 2014. Along with this agreement comes a move to allow customers who do not have DirectTV to access the Sunday Ticket through broadband beginning in 2012.
Despite the 15% of American households that have already been affected by the DTV transition due to the early switch made by roughly 1/3 of broadcasters in February, the impact will not truly be felt until the new June 12th deadline, U.S. regulators warn.
The fourth quarter of 2008 saw 102,000 subscribers leave Dish Networks, the largest loss for the company since its inception. This news led to a 10% drop in Dish’s stock on Monday. This year will likely bring more losses to Dish Network, because of the termination of their partnership with AT&T this past February.