ALVISO, Calif. and SEATTLE, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TiVo Inc.
(Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for
digital video recorders (DVRs), together with Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:
AMZN) today announced that "Amazon Unbox on TiVo" is now available to more
than 1.5 million broadband-ready TiVo subscribers. This availability
follows a recent successful beta-testing period with a small group of TiVo
subscribers. This unique service offers TiVo subscribers the best way to
find their favorite movies and TV shows from the thousands that are
available on Amazon Unbox, download and watch them right on their TV. Also
today, TiVo and Amazon announced the addition of Sony Pictures and
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) to the list of studios offering
content through Amazon Unbox on TiVo, which also includes CBS, Fox
Entertainment Group, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home
Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
To celebrate the launch of this new service, TiVo and Amazon are
offering $15 in free movie and TV show downloads to anyone who signs up for
the Amazon Unbox on TiVo service by April 30, 2007.
"TiVo is putting more power and choice than ever before in the hands of
consumers as the first and only DVR company to offer direct movie downloads
to the TV where subscribers can experience them from the comfort of their
living room, on the largest screen in their homes, where the experience of
watching movies and TV shows is best," said Tara Maitra, GM and Vice
President of Content Services at TiVo. "Simply put, whether it's content
you choose from Amazon.com or from broadcast and cable programming, we put
it all on your television, in one place, easy to find, whenever you want
"Customers now have even more flexibility and convenience when it comes
to enjoying Amazon Unbox," said Roy Price, Director of Digital Video,
Amazon.com. "In addition to watching their favorite movies and TV shows on
their PCs and portable devices, customers can now watch Amazon Unbox videos
on their televisions."
Amazon Unbox on TiVo provides an easy solution for renting or
purchasing thousands of movies and thousands of TV shows. For example,
consumers can get caught up with the Oscar buzz by renting or purchasing
the "must-see" Oscar-winning and nominated films and having them sent
directly to their TV via their TiVo. Additionally, TiVo subscribers can
easily find award-winning actors' and directors' previous movies through
Amazon Unbox or through their broadcast programming via TiVo's exclusive
To activate their broadband-connected TiVo Series2(TM) or Series3(TM)
box, TiVo subscribers can log on to Amazon.com at
http://www.amazon.com/unbox/tivo/ and perform a simple, one-time
registration process to establish a link between their TiVo user account
and their Amazon.com account. Once the initial set up is complete, eligible
movies or television shows can be ordered from Amazon Unbox and downloaded
directly to the customer's TiVo box via the Internet -- no PC is required
for downloading and viewing. After the movie has been downloaded, the title
will automatically appear in the subscriber's TiVo "Now Playing" list with
all of their other recorded shows, easily viewed with just a click of the
TiVo remote. Customers can purchase television episodes for $1.99, purchase
most movies for between $9.99 and $14.99, or rent movies starting at $1.99.
As an added bonus, all purchased videos are automatically stored in each
customer's "Your Media Library" at Amazon.com for future access and
For more information on Amazon Unbox on TiVo visit www.tivo.com/amazon
About Amazon Unbox(TM)
Launched in September 2006, Amazon Unbox is a digital video download
service offering thousands of television shows, movies and other video
content from more than 30 studio and network partners from Hollywood and
around the world.
o Unbox customers can purchase television series episodes for $1.99 per
episode, purchase most movies for between $9.99 and $14.99, or rent
movies starting at $1.99.
o Unbox RemoteLoad(TM) technology allows customers to buy from one PC
(such as an office computer) and download to another computer (such as a
home computer) or a TiVo DVR.
o At no additional charge, Unbox automatically includes with downloads to
PCs a second file optimized for playback on any Windows Media-compatible
portable device. Customers get the added flexibility of taking their
video collection on the go using any Windows Media video-compatible
portable device, including the popular Creative Zen Vision:M.
o For downloads to a PC, Unbox uses progressive download, eliminating the
need to wait for the entire video to download before watching. This
means the typical cable broadband customer can start watching any Unbox
TV show or movie within five minutes of ordering.
o Amazon Unbox customers can download episodes of their favorite
television shows that aired as recently as last night or favorites from
Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the
World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection.
Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where
customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and
endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and
other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in
categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet
food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs,
electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.
Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,
www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr,
www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.
As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include
Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates
About TiVo Inc.
Founded in 1997, TiVo pioneered a brand new category of products with
the development of the first commercially available digital video recorder
(DVR). Sold through leading consumer electronic retailers, TiVo has
developed a brand which resonates boldly with consumers as providing a
superior television experience. Through agreements with leading satellite
and cable providers, TiVo also integrates its full set of DVR service
features into the set-top boxes of mass distributors. TiVo's DVR
functionality and ease of use, with such features as Season Pass(TM)
recordings and WishList(R) searches and KidZone have elevated its
popularity among consumers and have created a whole new way for viewers to
watch television. With a continued investment in its patented technologies,
TiVo is revolutionizing the way consumers watch and access home
entertainment. Rapidly becoming the focal point of the digital living room,
TiVo's DVR is at the center of experiencing new forms of content on the TV,
such as broadband delivered video, music and photos. With innovative
features, such as TiVoToGo(TM) and online scheduling, TiVo is expanding the
notion of consumers experiencing "TiVo, TV your way.(R)" The TiVo(R)
service is also at the forefront of providing innovative marketing
solutions for the television industry, including a unique platform for
advertisers and audience measurement research. The Company is based in
NOTE: TiVo, Season Pass, TiVoToGo, WishList, the slogan 'TiVo, TV your
way.', Series2, Series3, and the TiVo logo are trademarks of TiVo Inc. or
its subsidiaries worldwide.
Amazon.com Forward Looking Statements
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly
from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve
risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to
competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies,
potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion,
outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization,
seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic
transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant
amount of indebtedness, inventory, government regulation and taxation,
payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could
affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and all subsequent filings.
SOURCE TiVo Inc.