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TiVo and Domino’s Introduce a New TV Dinner

Many things can make you fat. Watching TV is one of them. But it’s not just watching the boob tube that will make you rotund. Now you can order pizza right from the screen!

“Honey, will you turn on the TV and order us a pizza?”

I bet those are words you would have never thought to put together. But now that a deal has been struck between TiVo and Domino’s Pizza, you may hear them soon. This comes from the press release that accompanied the announcement that you will be able to order pizza through your TiVo box:

We are confident that teaming with TiVo on this novel, easy, and convenient way to order pizza right from the TV will be very well received by our customers,” says Rob Weisberg, vice president of precision and print marketing at Domino’s Pizza.

This is the first step in the future of customer interactions with the brands they seek to engage with and buy from. This is the first time in history that the ‘on-demand’ generation will be able to fully experience couch commerce by ordering pizza directly through their television set.

Strike one up for convenience. I’m not going to pretend this is altogether bad. But what’s next? A remote control fork programmed to feed you?

November 22nd, 2008

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3 Responses to “TiVo and Domino’s Introduce a New TV Dinner”


Ollie
Nov 22nd, 2008
9:51 am

Glad to hear we’re putting our efforts into making it easier for American’s to eat food void of any nutritional value. Sit on your rump all night, order a pizza from your TV. Shame on Tivo and Domino’s. The sad thing is that it will work, they will both make tons of money.

Jason, “you’re not going to pretend this is altogether bad.” Are you kidding? The only thing that will come out of this is perpetuating the obesity epidemic in this country, which you write about often.


Jason
Nov 22nd, 2008
12:01 pm

Ollie – Point well taken. I’m just of the opinion that pizza isn’t inherently evil. If you can manage to eat it in moderation, it’s not the end of the world. Most importantly, I don’t feel that the advent of on-TV food ordering will make people suddenly eat more pizza than they already do.

Thanks for your thoughts.


DDS
Nov 23rd, 2008
8:22 pm

Sounds like what that one video game did with Pizza Hut. All you had to do was type /Pizza, and the Pizza Hut website popped up so you order quickly without missing much of your game.

While this is convenient, I agree with Ollie, this is a step in the wrong direction for getting this country healthy.