Yahoo! has quietly introduced Yahoo! Go for TV, a free DVR and media center software for Windows PCs. This software is a re-branded version of Meedio, which Yahoo! bought earlier this month and is tightly coupled with Yahoo’s own services.
This is a great entry in this area and should prove to be a significant challenge to Microsoft’s Media Center, if it is marketed and packaged well. For me, the trouble is that it is Windows-only and so would be an option only if it proved to be significantly better than “MythTV”:http://www.mythtv.org/ or “Front Row”:http://www.apple.com/imac/frontrow.html. Fun stuff- it seems like everyone is getting a head start on Vista, including those who were never really in competition.
[Via “GigaOm”:http://gigaom.com/2006/04/25/yahoo-now-offering-free-meedio/ Via “John Battelle”:http://battellemedia.com/archives/002518.php ]