Quantcast

Tivo Makes It's Hardware Exit Official, Lays Off Most Of Design Team

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by CatfishRivers, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    877
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Tivo Makes Its Hardware Exit Official, Lays Off Most of Design Team | Gadget Lab | Wired.com (click for full article)

    by Roberto Baldwin - Jan. 22, 2014

    -- Tivo has been bullish lately about releasing new products beyond its core DVR boxes. Today, we found out why. The company laid off nearly all the industrial designers of those products.


    According to sources within Tivo, most of the hardware team has been let go. So far, that's five employees. A skeleton crew of two engineers has been retained to handle support for current and upcoming third-party devices. The sources told WIRED that Tivo is getting out of the hardware business altogether and making a big direction change.


    This jives with what the company has at least hinted at in the past. In May 2013, executive vice president and general manager of products and revenue, Jeff Klugman told WIRED, "Software is the future of Tivo."


    To that end, the company known for its easy-to-use UI and quirky mascot has been partnering with pay-TV providers and sticking its DVR software in provider's set top boxes. The latest announcement, a prototype networked DVR called nDVR, won't be available in stores and instead will be offered through your cable subscription. The service stores recorded shows in the cloud. That recorded content will likely be available through the cable provider's DVR, mobile devices, and a Roku app.


    The company's vice president of corporate communications told WIRED via email: "We continue to balance appropriate levels of staffing and expertise necessary to support our existing hardware business...and there is no doubt that we expect growth in the cloud-based delivery aspects of TiVo's business."


    Like your music, your next TV experience from Tivo will be tightly integrated with the cloud.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2014
  2. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    877
    Trophy Points:
    113
    TiVo refutes rumors, says hardware is a 'core business' | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Nilay Patel - Jan. 22, 2014

    -- TiVo shot back tonight at a Wired report claiming that recent layoffs mean the company is exiting the hardware business. "It's not right to say that TiVo's out of the hardware business," VP of corporate communications Steve Wymer tells The Verge. "We're just as fired up as consumers are about the Roamio and we expect to deliver on that for years to come. It's one of our core businesses and our shining jewel."


    Wymer confirmed that layoffs did take place, but that they reflect TiVo's new focus as it begins work on the network DVR platform it announced at CES. "We have exploding potential in the cloud," says Wymer. "We shift our resources and our personnel based on our priorities."


    Read more at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/22/5336648/tivo-refutes-rumors-says-hardware-is-a-core-business


    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Here's a video from CES 2014 about Tivo's Roamio box:


     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 30, 2014
  3. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    877
    Trophy Points:
    113
    TiVo introduces box-free, network DVR service; New binge TV record set - TechBlog (click for full article)

    by Benny Evangelista - Jan. 7, 2014

    -- LAS VEGAS - TiVo introduced a new cloud-based networked DVR service here at the consumer electronics show Tuesday, a historic move because its the first time the Alviso company has branched away from its long-held strategy of selling set top boxes.


    The Network DVR service TiVo unveiled at the International CES is still only a prototype, and executives say the company is still negotiating with cable services to bring the service to customers.


    But TiVo observers have long speculated that the company would make such a move to offer its service without a box, especially in an era when TV viewing in general has become increasingly reliant on streaming and online services.


    "It's an extension of our strategies, especially on the operator side," said Jim Denney, vice president of product marketing. "Realistically, we see a spectrum of ways to interact with our customers. We believe you're still going to have a set top box in many instances, you're going to have a service in other instances and you're going to have people doing iPad only. Our purpose is to create a good cross section of opportunities."


    Read more at: http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2014...gn=Feed:+houstonchronicle/techblog+(TechBlog)
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
  4. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    877
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
  5. mrspock

    mrspock Active Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Wow, they laid off 5 (five) people to direct their attention to software. I think a local McDonald laid of 3 (three) people last week stating that they are moving their focus from preparing Salads to flipping burgers. :D

    On another note, I can't wait til Tivo's patents expire (in 2018 I believe)
     
  6. ChrisG8

    ChrisG8 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2011
    Messages:
    3,846
    Likes Received:
    462
    Trophy Points:
    83
    This is stated as fact, TiVo is exiting the hardware market? I would say that ia false rumor, if it refers to now. TiVo recently released the Roamio, it could be a current product for years, it is the best DVR now in my opinion. This rumor has popped up for years online, I will believe it when TiVo announces it. There are 14 year old Philips TiVos still in service, TiVo initially started with other companies handling hardware but there were no profits possible so all have dropped out. TiVo will likely get out of the hardware business at some point, when cloud storage and internet bandwidth is cheap enough, my guess is 5 years and the Roamio might be the current model even then. TiVo did not exit with that layoff, another pitiful piece of journalism.
     

Share This Page