Sunday, March 19, 2006

CozmoTV

Someone e-mailed me about CozmoTV, so I went to check it out.  I’m trying to figure out exactly what it does, but I think that it does something really cool for my TiVo.  One of the big frustrations with scheduling shows to record and season passes for show on TiVo is that you cannot schedule them 3 months out, which is many times when I’m thinking about wanting to record something.  I’m pretty sure that CozmoTV solves this issue, but I haven’t been able to play with it enough.

It appears that when I register for CozmoTV, I give it access to my TiVo account (CozmoTV currently only works with TiVo), which essentially allows CozmoTV to access all of the TiVo devices on my account.  I’m trying to figure out if I should be worries about providing a 3rd party site with access to my TiVo — after all, TiVo is essentially a computer sitting on my private home network and it interacts with other computers on my network in pulling down iTunes audio and iPhoto photos.  I can’t seem to get the Terms of Use or Privacy Policy to load, so I’m not willing to provide any person information until I can read those.

There definitely appears to be a social component to CozmoTV that allows users to rate shows and recommend shows.  Most shows that I browsed show their “Price” as being “Free,” which makes me wonder if CozmoTV has plans for exclusive content that will be a premium charge that CozmoTV can push directly to your TiVo box or perhaps CozmoTV wants to be a 3rd party collection site for premium programming for others.

The whole interface for CozmoTV is in Flash, which is pretty slick, but that’s why it runs an initialization prior to booting every time you visit the site.

Once I can read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, I’ll let you know further thoughts.

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1 comment:

Alex Rowland said...

We just realized the Privacy Policy, Terms of Use etc at the bottom haven't been updated. We'll fix it shortly. Sorry about that.