TiVo was revolutionary when it first came out. Not only was it the first device to let your record shows (way before it was offered as a service by providers), but it also allowed you to control what you watched and how you watched it. Now its creators want to change up your viewing habits once again with their new Qplay. Basically, it’ll allow you to take web videos from YouTube and Netflix and more and then create custom channels with the content. For $49 (it’s still in its quasi-beta phase), you’ll get a small Android-powered adapter for your TV, an iPad that controls it all and a cloud service for storing all that content. Video playlists are created and populated with stuff from Vimeo, YouTube and other places called “Qs” (with the app having a few automatically generated Qs).
So a quick example on how it works: Let’s say you want a music channel so this music queue will watch for videos from Twitter feeds from MTV, The Fader and other music-related Twitter accounts and then arrange all those videos for back-to-back-to-back playback that you then watch on your TV or tablet. It’ll also generate queues from stuff your pals are posting on their social networks (i.e.. a video from Flipboard). You can also generate content from whatever sources you want and them share them with friends, with all the magic happening from its iPad app.