TiVo has teamed up with Google to give its customers a friendly way to stream YouTube videos to their TVs. The new service, which will become available over the next few weeks, will allow users of TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD DVRs to stream the videos through a new option in the broadband video section of the DVR’s menu.
The partnership is the first whereby TiVo streams internet content, though the company has deals with 60 other sites that allow for downloading content onto TiVo. Users will not be able to store YouTube videos on their boxes, but they will be able to view them and bookmark them to watch later.
It’s not exactly a groundbreaking deal for YouTube either, since the service has been available on the Apple TV for over a year now. And while Apple’s device isn't nearly as popular as TiVo, only about a fifth of TiVo’s subscribers have one of the only two units on which it possible to stream YouTube content to a TV screen.