TiVo, the company that brought us digital video recording and Roku, who brought to us streaming video, both plan on offering Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus can bring to your TV programing from ABC, Fox and NBC for $9.99 a month. These plans are just one more indication of how the Internet may just change the way we watch TV — which will be streamed over the Internet.
In a recent article it states that:
In a statement, TiVo said it will offer access to Hulu Plus to its Premiere DVR subscribers. “Adding Hulu Plus to TiVo’s content offering was really the key missing piece to the programming portfolio needed in order to deliver a truly comprehensive advanced television offering,” Tara Maitra, a TiVo vice president and general manager of content services and ad sales, said in the news release.
Roku sells streaming players at prices ranging from $59.99 to $99.99. The boxes connect to Netflix’s instant streaming service, the Pandora music site and other content. In a news release, Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood described his company’s offering as “the most inexpensive device to stream Hulu content” to high-definition TVs.
Both TiVo and Roku are competing with larger companies such as Cupertino-based Apple, which recently started selling its $99 Apple TV device, which connects to Netflix and YouTube, as well as movies and TV shows for rent or sale on Apple’s iTunes store.
Every time a service is added to any of these digital devices it only increases the value for the consumer. The competition between TiVo, Roku, Apple, Google, Boxee Box and any other company entering the fray, will only benefit us with lower costs and better quality programming. We are entering into a new decade where traditional TV services will come under attack.
What we need now is for Walmart to enter the market just as it did with cell phones. :-)