the crappy tivo-clones begin

One thing about personal video recording is that no company with enough money to make video recording popular could make one that isn’t crippled in some way. No one will make a box that simply records tv, and lets you watch it any way you want. No, they will make you watch the ads, or refuse to allow you to share your recordings, or anything like that.

Today, AOL announced their entry into the pvr world. “Mystro TV” doesn’t do any video recording itself, it relies on an on-demand hub at your cable company. It lets you pause tv, but while it is paused it will show you more ads. Oh great.

Read what the nytimes has to say.

AOL’s mystro tv promises to delivery a great idea minus the parts people actually want.