Google Buying DVR Software Maker SageTV

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has acquired nine-year-old DVR software company SageTV, in a move apparently designed to enhance its Google TV products.

Sage makes software which turns computers with TV tuners in to DVRs. Though unstated, an observer might speculate Google’s intention is inject Google TV with the ability to record shows from broadcast TV – a prospect nevertheless considered unlikely by the founder of one of Sage’s competitors and by GigaOm.

SageTV’s website reads: “Since 2002, we’ve worked to change the TV viewing experience by building cutting-edge software and technology that allows you to create and control your media center from multiple devices. And as the media landscape continues to evolve, we think it’s time our vision of entertainment management grows as well. By teaming up with Google, we believe our ideas will reach an even larger audience of users worldwide on many different products, platforms and services.

“We’ve seen how Google’s developer efforts are designed to stimulate innovation across the web, and as developers have played a core role in the success of SageTV, we think our shared vision for open technology will help us advance the online entertainment experience. We look forward to joining Google, and while we don’t have anything specific to announce at this time, we encourage interested developers to email.”

Users on SageTV’s forums expressed concern at the acquisition.