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Yahoo Turns TiVo Programmer

Yahoo and TiVo announced Monday they have teamed to allow TiVo users to remotely program their digital video recorders using Yahoo's television Web site.

Beginning today, users can log onto a computer and use the Yahoo site to set TiVo to record TV programs. The deal helps TiVo move beyond the relative static realm of simple recording services now being offered in many quarters and gives the DVR provider access to a host of content and Internet services.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The companies also plan to make some Yahoo services, including photos, traffic, and weather, available as part of the TiVo service, according to Yahoo Spokeswoman Lynne Hentemann.

"Working with Yahoo is another way for us to deliver the best way to watch television and give viewers control of the television experience," Tom Rogers, CEO of TiVo, said in a statement. "Beginning today, we're giving Yahoo users –- whether they're at the office or away from home –- the ability to easily schedule recordings for later viewing."

Currently Yahoo TV offers information on show times, program descriptions and cast photographs, as well as exclusive content like information from "Entertainment Tonight" and Mark Burnett Productions, which produces "The Apprentice."

Subscribers with a TiVo Series2 box and a standard Yahoo ID may use the service, the companies said.

The deal, however, does not include providing TiVo users with access to view the programming over the Internet. But it does give Yahoo another opportunity to move its services to other devices.

In July Yahoo expanded the search capabilities for users with its launch of Yahoo SMS Search and enhanced Search on Mobile.