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TiVo has won more than its share of patent disputes pertaining to its DVR technology over the last few years, winning settlements from AT&T ($215 million), Dish Network and EchoStar ($500 million total), and Verizon ($250.4 million). The latest companies to lose against TiVo are Cisco and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. (Motorola made lots of set-top boxes for the likes of Time Warner Cable.) According to BusinessWeek, Cisco and Google (which inherited Motorola’s legal troubles when it bought the company) will have to fork over a combined total of $490 million to TiVo, with Cisco being... Read more...
Hate ads? Wish you could just skip 'em all, the Super Bowl notwithstanding? Get ready for your DVR. DISH just announced nationwide availability of the all-new Hopper DVR with built-in Sling whole-home HD DVR functionality. Outside of being able to placeshift content anywhere due to the integrated Sling capabilities, users will also be able to tap into DVR'd content through the DISH Anywhere app. With these features customers can watch their live and recorded home television content on Internet-connected tablets, smartphones and PCs at no additional charge. It'll also let users download DVR content... Read more...
When it comes to PVRs, there's hardly a more recognizable name than Hauppauge. The company is back this year with yet another new product, the HD PVR 2 video recorder. In fact, there's two new models -- one is geared toward home media enthusiasts, while the other is designed for advanced gamers. The new model for home media users is called HD PVR 2 model 1512. HD PVR 2 users can create a library of their favorite cable TV or satellite TV programs in HD. It has a built-in high definition video recorder plus an IR blaster to control channel changing on a set top box. HD PVR 2 is connected to both... Read more...
Intel's grand plan to dominate the living room and turn the cable TV world upside down with its own Internet-based TV service has already hit a snag. The Santa Clara chip maker originally wanted to launch its service before the end of 2012, and with that time frame having now passed, it's looking like mid-2013, or even later. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Intel's having a tough time hammering out content-licensing agreements with the entertainment companies that own all the major TV channels. While this is relatively new territory for Intel, the company isn't going at this completely... Read more...
Boxee has yet another device it wants you to know about. It's called Boxee TV, a sort of do-everything set-top box that combines Live TV, Internet apps, and a "first-of-its-kind Cloud DVR" into a single package that costs $99. "With Boxee TV you’ll be able watch live TV broadcasts in beautiful HD from channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, Univision and many others," Boxee explains. "It works with antennas and unencrypted basic cable that deliver the channels listed above, and has 2 tuners so you can watch one thing… and record another." One of the features Boxee is pushing hard is... Read more...
The advent of the DVR was a life-changing innovation--it sounds shallow to say, but admit it, it’s true--and now DIRECTV believes it’s taken the technology to new level with its DIRECTV Genie. The DVR lets you record up to 5 shows simultaneously, and playback is nearly as powerful; a single Genie DVR serves up to three additional TVs in the house, although it sounds like each device will need a client. The single DVR enables the household to watch up to 4 live TV channels or recordings simultaneously, with full DVR functionality such as pause and rewind. If you like getting recommendations... Read more...
At long last, it's finally over. The long running patent dispute between Verizon and TiVo is finally over, and TiVo has to be smiling. The companies have entered into a license agreement, and according to those terms, Verizon will provide TiVo total compensation worth at least $250.4 million. The payments from Verizon to TiVo shall be comprised of a $100 million initial cash payment followed by recurring quarterly payments totaling an additional $150.4 million through July 2018. If the companies pursue certain commercial initiatives prior to December 21, 2012, up to $29.4 million of the payments... Read more...
Dish Network has a new “PrimeTime Anytime” feature that’s part of a whole-home DVR service called “Hopper”. The service lets you access Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC primetime content from the last eight days on demand and record up to six programs simultaneously with a storage capacity of up to 2,000 hours of content. However, one little bonus feature called AutoHop has a team of broadcasters hopping mad. Simply put, AutoHop automatically skip commercials on recorded content, unlike typical DVR programming that requires the user to fast forward with the remote control. Apparently,... Read more...
Commercials and DVRs don't really mix. Honestly, snagging a DVR is one of the best things you can do if you've no interest in sitting through ads. And somebody in the business knows it. Dish Network subscribers will now get the feature viewers have been waiting for since the beginning of television -- the choice to automatically skip over commercials. The new "Auto Hop" capability for the Hopper whole-home HD DVR system is being activated today, and it allows customers to skip all commercials for most recorded primetime HD programs shown on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC when viewed the day after airing.... Read more...
You know, we were really beginning to wonder about the DVR. Phones, laptops, tablets and even towers have shrank considerably over the past two to three years, but DVRs are still... shaped like DVRs, by and large. But now, EchoStar is giving DVR lovers reason to celebrate, with an ultraslim model that actually looks fairly beautiful. It's being called the "World's Slimmest Digital TV Recorder," as the Ultra Slim Box (HDT-610R) offers up an array of features within a 14mm aluminum chassis. It's up for pre-order starting May 4 from Amazon, John Lewis and Maplin. As for specs? Here's a bit from the... Read more...
The DVR is the best thing to happen to television since the advent of color, and TiVo quickly became the proprietary eponym (or genericized trademark, or synecdoche, or whatever you want to call it) for the technology. Tomorrow, TiVo is launching a new 500GB version of its TiVo Premiere product that will hold 75 hours of HD programming, can record two shows at once, and will shake up the cost and monthly pricing of the whole TiVo Premiere line. The new TiVo Premiere will cost $149.99 (up from $99 for the old version), and the monthly service fee (for the first year, with a one-year commitment)... Read more...
TiVo. What a brand. Everyone with a DVR has probably slipped up and called their generic DVR a "TiVo" at some point, and now the company's hoping to replace some of those black boxes with genuine TiVo boxes courtesy of a deal with DirecTV. The company announced this week the nationwide availability of the TiVo HD DVR from DirecTV, better known as DirecTiVo. "DIRECTV customers nationwide can now experience the TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV, which combines TiVo's award-winning user interface with DIRECTV's great lineup of HD programming," said David Sandford, Vice President, General Manager of TiVo's... Read more...
Are you a fan of television? A big, big fan of television? If so, we have to ask: when is the last time you watched a full commercial? For years now, media companies have been running around with great concern that viewers were using DVRs to simply bypass commercials, making those pricey advertisements that much less valuable. But is the DVR the real problem? That's a question addressed by a new survey cited in Ad Age, and the results may shock you. The IPG Media Lab in Los Angeles pulled together some rather interesting data surrounding ad skipping. They found that the vast majority of viewers... Read more...
U-verse users -- look out, you've got upgrades! AT&T has just upgraded the U-verse Total Home DVR to control live TV on any television in your house, with the new service rolling out first to customers in Mobile, Alabama and Grand Rapids, Michigan. All other markets are expected to follow soon over the next few months, and we're guessing those "markets" can hardly wait. The new service / feature enables users to pause and rewind live TV on any U-verse receiver in the home, whereas most DVRs today control only the TV they're connected to. So, ready to toss the TiVo yet? AT&T Upgrades U-verse... Read more...
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