Engadget tipsters are receiving some interesting surveys directly from TiVo concerning how consumers would feel about the option to “stream live TV, DVR recordings and TV shows from a cable company’s On Demand library to one’s iPad.” This would include in-home and remote streaming; the ability to stream to your iPad could really help TiVo sell more units and service. TiVo already has an iPad app that acts like an advanced remote but doesn’t include this type of proposed streaming service to the device.
Back in September of 2010, TiVo announced that Hulu Plus access would soon be coming to its DVRs. Well, it’s now March and there’s finally some news. Engadget received a tip from someone that owns a TiVo Premiere and was invited to join a Field Trial to “test Hulu Plus on TiVo.” The tipster is also receiving codes to get his free month of service. Now that there is some field testing going on (per the tipster), it’s safe to say that Hulu Plus could be coming to a TiVo DVR near you.
Last year TiVo lost $84.5 million and also ran up a deficit of $779.2 million, so the company is trying everything they can to stay afloat. It may be too late to reach to Hulu users and the tablet market but time and money can only tell.