FCC Allows TiVo Internet Technology To Proceed

In a decision that could have a broad impact on how entertainment is distributed across the Internet, the FCC has given the nominal go-ahead to a TiVo technology.

TiVo, one of the initial creators of television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), announced yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified TiVo’s technology protection of digital broadcast television.

The FCC determined that digital broadcast television content should be protected, but that protection should still enable it to be accessed over the Internet so long as that access does not lead to mass indiscriminate redistribution of programs over the Internet.

According to TiVo, this certification will provide the company with the opportunity to develop technologies that provide consumers more ways to enjoy digital content. “TiVo has always tried to maintain an appropriate balance between consumer interests and the rights of content providers,” TiVo CEO Mike Ramsay said.

“We look forward to working with the industry to develop new technologies that provide a great entertainment experience for consumers while protecting the rights of content providers.”

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