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RSS and TiVo: How Similar

Last night we had dinner with an interesting guy named John Rodsett who is a movie producer and a former professor of Sachi’s. Among other things, we talked about our mutual love of TiVo and I spent a little time talking about RSS. During the conversation it occurred to me how much TiVo and RSS (including RSS aggregators) are similar. Some notes:

  • TiVo makes TV watching easier and more manageable
  • RSS makes web reading easier and more manageable
  • TiVo helps you focus on shows that interest you most
  • RSS helps you focus on web sites that interest you most
  • TiVo is focused on what's going to appear in the future
  • RSS is focused in what's going to appear in the future
  • TiVo helps you skip commercials
  • RSS helps you skip commercials
  • TiVo works on a subscription model
  • RSS works on a subscription model
  • TiVo is on-demand
  • RSS is on-demand
  • TiVo enables you to save a personal list shows you can’t watch for a while
  • RSS enables you to save a personal list of web articles you can’t read for a while
  • TiVo has throngs of enthusiastic customers
  • RSS has throngs of enthusiastic users
  • TiVo is disrupting the TV advertising industry
  • RSS is disrupting the web advertising industry
  • TiVo turns TV from a flow to a stock
  • RSS turns the web from a stock to a flow
  • TiVo acts as a personal filter for content
  • RSS acts as a personal filter for content

There are also a couple of things that TiVo does that RSS aggregators don't, but I wish they did.

  • TiVo knows what I like and suggests/records new things automatically
  • TiVo gets rid of the old stuff I didn’t watch, but warns me first