TiVo (s TIVO) co-founders Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton are back with a new venture dubbed Qplay that hopes to do for online video what TiVo did for television. The duo unveiled their new Qplay device and service Tuesday, and launched an early adopter program during which the Qplay device is available for $49.
Ramsay told me during an interview Monday that the company has ambitious plans to eventually unite video clips from sites like YouTube, (S GOOG) premium videos from services like Netflix (S NFLX) and Hulu Plus and even live television, but that it decided to start with a more modest offering. “Today, we are at square one,” he said.
So what does square one look like? Qplay is a video streaming device that is about the size of an external hard drive. It doesn’t come with a remote control, but instead is controlled solely by an iPad…
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