Yahoo and TiVo plan to announce a deal today that will connect Yahoo's online service to TiVo's set-top boxes, which, in addition to recording television programs, have a largely unused capability to connect to the Internet, the New York Times said on Monday.
The deal will allow TiVo, which has been struggling to differentiate its service from video recorders offered by cable and satellite companies, to offer a range of content and services linked to the Internet, the paper said.
Conversely, Yahoo is working to move its services from personal computers to other devices, including mobile phones and - by way of devices like TiVo - the television set.
TiVo users will be able to use Yahoo's television listings to find programs and, by ticking the appropriate boxes, send instructions to their TiVos to record those shows, the paper said.
In coming months, TiVo users will be able to view on their televisions pictures that have been stored on the Yahoo Photos site, as well as local weather and traffic information from Yahoo. Absent from the deal is a way for TiVo users to watch video via Yahoo, the paper said.