Since last September, Amazon's digital video download service (Unbox) has offered over 10,000 television shows, movies and other video content for rent or purchase. Beginning this past February, the two companies joined forces, allowing TiVo subscribers to transfer their Unbox downloads to their TiVo box for viewing on their television.
This service is now available to you if you're a broadband-connected TiVo Series 2 or Series 3 subscriber. You can choose from thousands of movies to rent from $1.99 to $3.99 or purchase them at prices ranging from $9.99 to $14.99. Also available are thousands of television shows (available for purchase only) at $1.99 per episode.
The movies will be downloaded directly to your TiVo box, using your internet connection (which is why your cable company or ISP will be none too pleased... you'll be using their high speed pipe, but they won't share any of the revenue).
Amazon Unbox will also now fully integrate with TiVo's new search function, "Universal Swivel Search," which allows you to link from descriptions of one program to all others that have common elements, including program name, actors, or suggestions based on other viewers' feedback. With these "browse and purchase" methods you can easily access the thousands of movies, television shows and other video titles on offer.
To celebrate this new feature, the folks at TiVo are offering new customers an additional $15 instant discount when they purchase any TiVo Series 2 Dual Tuner box with service plan prior to July 23rd. TiVo will also throw in a free (factory-renewed) wireless adapter.
TiVo is available for as low as $99.99 (after mail-in rebate and service commitment).
[Previously: TiVo & Amazon Say Wal-Mart's Momma Wears Combat Boots]
[Previously: Downloading Outside The Box]