The US-based online EPG TVGuide.com has announced the launch of what it calls “DVR functionality”, allowing users to select their favourite TV shows, organise them in one location and watch them online at their convenience. My TVGuide.com DVR also provides notifications that users have new episodes of their favourite shows to watch.
My TVGuide.com DVR personalises TVGuide.com’s Online Video Guide, which launched in November 2007 and indexes over 700,000 online videos, including full episodes of television shows, music videos, movies and web-only video content.
“TVGuide.com’s latest innovation makes it easy for fans to watch what they want, when they want it,” said Paul Greenberg, executive VP and general manager of TVGuide.com in a statement. “’My TVGuide.com DVR’ is an exciting development in the digital evolution of the TV Guide brand.”
Although TVGuide.com markets the service as an “online PVR”, what it in effect does is create an index and direct deep links to online videos, indeed a TV Guide to web TV. The fact that the name includes DVR (American for PVR) suggests that people can chose and record programmes at will, but this is certainly not the case. However there is one very interesting functionality: the service will send you messages to let you know that new episodes of favourite series are available.