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Amazon Unbox on Tivo Getting HD content

Posted on May 28, 2008

Amazon and Tivo

It naturally follows that if your Tivo’s getting an upgrade then so should its movie provider. So when Tivo got HD content, Amzon’s Unbox subscribers felt the service was a little behind. Especially since Unbox’s rivals Vudu and Apple TV, both offer HD downloads.

However, Unbox faithfuls can breathe easy, thanks to Jim Denney, Tivo’s Product marketing VP. It now appears that Unbox fans will not have long to wait. In an article on TV Week, Denney was quoted saying that Tivo and Amazon will announce HD capabilities "in the not too distant future."

While the upgrade from SD to HD is nice for a service, it seems like an even larger upgrade for Unbox on Tivo users, since initial testings with the service showed that movies were letterboxed, and not the true anamorphic widescreen.

People are not just eyeing this Tivo upgrade to HD. Some also wish to have to have that complete HD feel by having standard stereo soundtracks upgraded to at least a 5.1 Dolby Digital/DTS, though most would like to have standard soundtracks upgraded to Dolby TrueHD and even DTS-HD Master Audio. Apart from the soundtracks, people looking at the possibility of HD movies’ availability to PC users.




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