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A few days ago in one momentary lapse of reason and unbridled optimism, I suggested same ways to save TiVo. Others jumped in with their ideas, some of them quite brilliant. (Salon has picked up on that theme.)
What TiVo needs, says Josh Bernoff, an analyst at Forrester Research who follows the company closely, is a huge ecosystem of users and software developers willing to take a chance on its new features. But that won’t happen if TiVo looks like it’s on the rocks. There’s only one man who can save TiVo now, Bernoff and others say: Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs.
Bernoff gets it half right. I don’t think Apple is what TiVo needs. What the company needs is: open sourcing its entire platform, so that it can attract more developers. If it doesn’t its adios TiVo.
Last week, I caught up with Milo Medin who in past life had helped cobble together @Home, the high-speed start-up. He pointed out that one of the reasons why projects like MythTV are taking off is because