More Good News for Time-Shifting TV Viewers
This marks the first acquisition by San Francisco-based Instant Video Technologies, which the company says will enable it to add time-shifted, real-time broadcasting capabilities to its intellectual-property assets. IVT currently holds patents relating to "faster-than-real-time" delivery of video and audio over networks—a technology that underlies IVT's Burstware software. IVT says its intention is to incorporate aspects of Timeshift-TV's technology into upcoming releases of Burstware.
IVT's chairman and CEO, Richard Lang, states that "Timeshift-TV's technology puts control over broadcast television scheduling in the hands of the viewer. The technology dovetails well with IVT's faster-than-real-time video and audio burst technology by giving users full, VCR-like control in conjunction with IP network video delivery. We believe the combination of time-shift functionality and Burstware software will also have particular relevance in set-top box implementations."
According to Lang, Timeshift-TV's technology provides "always-on" cyclical buffering that lets users choose a program already in progress and watch it from the beginning, while the show continues to be recorded. Viewers can pause and skip forward or back within a broadcast. The company also claims that Timeshift-TV can record several channels simultaneously.
Lang also states that the technology underlying Timeshift-TV originated several years before the emergence of other digital-TV technologies available today. "IVT intends to leverage important features that distinguish Timeshift-TV's technology from other digital VCR technologies to tap into new markets and applications," says Lang.