Amazon.com Inc., the world’s biggest online retailer, will let customers buy and rent movies and television shows that can be downloaded directly to some TiVo Inc. digital video recorders.
The service is in advanced testing and will be available “soon,” Seattle-based Amazon and Alviso, California-based TiVo said in a statement distributed today by Business Wire. The companies didn’t provide a specific date.
Only TiVo customers whose set-top boxes are attached to a home broadband network will be able to use the service, USA Today reported today. The service won’t work for users of DirecTV Group Inc.’s satellite network or the cable digital video recorders that Comcast Corp. plans to offer later this year, the newspaper said.
Entertainment from CBS Corp., News Corp.’s Fox Entertainment Group unit, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures unit, Vivendi’s Universal Studios Home Entertainment unit and Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. Entertainment unit will be available for downloads, Amazon.com and TiVo said in the statement.
Amazon’s media relations hotline and TiVo public relations officer Whit Clay didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.
TiVo said on its Web site that the program may take about an hour to download a movie with a 5 megabit-per-second Internet connection and as long as five hours with a connection slower than 1 megabit per second. The picture quality will be higher than that of shows recorded on a TiVo Series2 recorder at the “best quality” setting, TiVo said.
Amazon.com shares rose $1.11, or 3 percent, to $38.27 yesterday, their biggest increase since Nov. 14. TiVo lost 4 cents to $5.48.