TivoRemember back in February when TiVo and Amazon announced a partnership to bring movies to TiVo users? At the time, those who wanted to use the service were required to purchase the movies that they wanted from the Amazon website which obviously required the use of a computer. This just added an extra step in the process of trying to watch a movie. The good news is that as of today, a computer is no longer required!

The “Buy on TV” feature, as it’s being called, works with series 2 and series 3 TiVo’s that are connected to broadband Internet. Users will be able to purchase the movies that they want using their TiVo box, and the remote.  The entire experience from start to finish is done on the TiVo.

Buy on TV Quick Facts

  1. TV shows will cost $1.00 for each episode
  2. New movies just released on DVD will start at $7.97
  3. Older movies will start at $1.99
  4. More than 1,100 movies are available for rent
  5. More than 2,000 movies are available for purchase

Because it’s so easy to flip through movies right on your TV, it would probably be easy for children to purchase movies without parent consent. This won’t be a problem however, because there’s now a 5 digit pin which must be entered before a movie can be purchased.

There are several movie services like this available, but I’d say Amazon and TiVo take the cake with this one. People don’t like extra added steps to get what they want. “Buy on TV” is the simplest way to get the movies that you want on your TV without any hassles. Nice job!

Source: AP (Thanks for the tip Cory)

There Are 4 Comments

  1. You can purchase new items from your TV, but if you want to download something you have already purchased you have to use a computer to access your media library.

    I e-mailed Amazon to make sure I wasn’t missing something – and they replied very quickly. They said that accessing your media library via the TV/TIVO was not available yet. It is something they are working on according to the e-mail.

    I love the service and it just keeps getting better.

  2. Thanks for the update Kimberly. This is still a pretty new concept so they are sure to have kinks to work out. From the sounds of it they are definitely getting there.

  3. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that Tivo and Netflix couldn’t work something out.

    I’m not about to ditch Netflix rentals for a “buy as I go” plan from Amazon but I do love the delivery mechanism.

    For Netflix and other rental chains the writing is on the wall; Evolve or die. Using the internet to delivery movies is the way of the future. Apple and Amazon are leading the way and if history is any indication of the future, the early bird gets the worm. In this case, first to market gets the cash.

  4. I’m actually surprised that there haven’t been more companies trying to team up with Netflix to create a more convenient way to rent movies. Especially since Blockbuster now has the “in-store” rentals as well as the online ones.

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