TiVo is apparently developing a cloud-based DVR for use by consumers that get their TV stations from local broadcasters over an antenna – over-the-air. It’s aimed at cord-cutter and cord-nevers that want to watch the big 5 major TV networks – NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and PBS – that carry many of the “must see” shows plus most major sporting events and award-winning news coverage. TiVo is expected to add all the popular OTT apps such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Fandango, which are on all its current DVRs. A DVR that can be set to record the major TV networks will have some appeal.
However, TiVo would have to sell it at retail because no pay TV service would touch it. The concept of offering OTT apps on its DVRs is not new to TiVo – nor is recording shows in the cloud.
In September TiVo completed its merger with Rovi, which then renamed itself TiVo.