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TiVo will be providing video on demand soon. That’s cool; it’s another step in the process that leads to the question, “Why do we care about scheduled TV programs at all?” Doesn’t look like it’ll cost more than the usual subscription. That probably won’t last, though; the free stuff is from IFC, which needs to promote its programs. Someone like (say) HBO doesn’t need the same publicity — we already all know about The Sopranos.

Interesting note for me: IFC is owned by Rainbow Media, which has a few networks, and which in turn is owned by Cablevision. Not at all the biggest player in the cable market but not entirely insignificant. They’re definitely looking forward when it comes to final mile solutions.

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