Forget getting Netflix or Hulu Plus on TiVo-made cable DVRs
TiVo’s Premiere-series DVRs offer access to Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service, and the company has announced that Hulu Plus support is coming soon. But if you get your TiVo Premiere from your cable company, you won’t be able to access either service. Rightsholders are using licensing terms to prevent these services from directly competing with paid video-on-demand from your cable provider.
Both Netflix and Hulu have confirmed to GigaOM that the contracts in place with content providers specifically forbid offering subscription service to DVRs that are leased to customers through cable companies. Such subscription services would compete directly with TV providers’ VOD services which charge as much as $3 per TV episode and $10 for a movie.