TiVo unveils blueprint for 'transportable DVR'

TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) has developed a "transportable digital video recorder" which would allow viewers to download content to a mobile device using a docking station, USB or Firewire connections, according to a patent application published late last month.

Officials at TiVo declined to comment on the application, which names co-founders James Barton and Mike Ramsay as the inventors. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said the application was filed on Feb. 19. But it appears the application was drafted years ago, as it refers to the "pixie dust" hard drive technology IBM announced in 2001 as a "recent" development.

Last September, TiVo unveiled a $130 receiver called TiVo Stream which lets viewers with its Premiere DVR transfer content to Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. But it hasn't yet launched a portable TiVo device like the product depicted in diagrams in the patent application.

"The invention provides a transportable digital video recorder system. The invention gives a user the ability to record and play back TV broadcast programs and digital video using a compact portable small form factor transportable digital video recorder package. In addition, the invention allows the user to store selected television broadcast programs while the user is simultaneously watching or reviewing another program," TiVo states in the patent application.

For more:
- see the patent application

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