Items tagged with DVR

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 a set top box with supplied component video cables and to a PC, using the PC's disk drive for storing... 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 blind. Intel created a group called Intel Media to handle its streaming TV initiative. It's... 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 the device's no-limit DVR functionality. Rather than store recordings on a hard drive, Boxee TV uploads... 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 for new shows, the Genie is happy to oblige. Based on your viewing habits, the software will... 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 made by Verizon would be subject to a credit of an equal amount. In addition to the guaranteed compensation,... 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, Fox, NBC, and CBS think that AutoHop isn’t so much a handy DVR feature as it is unlicensed... 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. It's kind of crazy that Dish is pimping this so hard, and we're pretty sure some flack will be felt... 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 company: "The Freeview+ HD Ultra Slim Box offers consumers subscription free TV with access to 50... 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) will drop from $19.99 to $14.99. The multi-service deal will be $12.99 monthly 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 service provider business. "With the introduction of this product, DIRECTV customers can again experience... 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 both online and offline used some other device to augment their viewing; that other device, more often... 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 Total Home DVR to Control Live TV on Any TV in the Home New DVR Enhancements Rolling Out To U-verse... Read more...
TiVo's newest unit, the Premiere, has faced its fair share of critics. But TiVo loyalists love their TiVos, and most wouldn't change to a standard DVR for anything. And now, the Premiere is becoming even more attractive if you're also an iPad owner. TiVo has just released an iPad companion application that will make the act of interfacing with your device over Christmas break a lot easier. The new app was announced today and should become available free of charge in the App Store in the coming weeks. The app will let you browse and explore content right on your iPad, and since the app works in tandem with what you are watching, iPad is now the ultimate remote control and companion device for... Read more...
Have you recently missed a show on television, and now have no real way to go back and watch it? It probably happens to the best of us, and until now, your only real option was to try and find it online via the distributor's website. But now, for many Time Warner Cable subscribers, there's a new option. TWC is today launching Look Back across many of its service markets, which is a new service that gives Digital Video customers the ability to go back within a three-day window to watch shows they may have missed without setting their DVR. That's a pretty amazing new feature, and one that isn't matched anywhere else yet. Look Back will launch with 48 channels (24 in HD and 24 in Standard Definition)... Read more...
With smartphones and iPods, game consoles and PCs, e-readers and tablets, Americans now spend a truly mind-boggling number of hours each week watching TV, even more than the mega-hours they spent as couch potatoes last year. Online viewing means far fewer commercials and broadcasters have begun to fight back and eliminate free TV shows on the Web. News Corp's Fox set off a firestorm when it blocked online access to popular shows like "Glee" to 2.6 million Cablevision Systems broadband Internet subscribers last weekend. This was part of a fee dispute over how much Cablevision pays Fox for the rights to carry Fox-owned television channels. The blockade only lasted about 12 hours, because viewers... Read more...
Good to see TiVo is still out there listening to consumers and beefing up their services. An online "Season Pass" manager has been a highly requested addition to TiVo's services, and considering that it's one of the few standalone DVR options out there that require a monthly fee, consumers have been eager to push the company to comply with their demands. Today, TiVo has launched an online Season Pass manager, which gives consumers the ability to manage and transfer their Season Pass recordings online. This new feature joins TiVo's online scheduling functionality on tivo.com for browsers and m.tivo.com for mobile devices, both of which allow customers to schedule recordings from anywhere they... Read more...
AT&T is making even harder to miss your favorite shows. U-verse has been a growing and evolving service ever since it launched, and now it's right up there with DirecTV and Dish Network in terms of user experience and extra features. U-verse TV is the television end of AT&T's range of fiber services, and now they're adding a new feature that satellite providers have been offering for awhile: online scheduling. U-verse TV customers can now use U-verse Online to schedule DVR recordings directly from the Web, and they can also use this new portable to see which of the DVR recordings can also be watched on your computer via U-verse Online. U-verse TV customers that are logged into the site... Read more...
CiragoTV has just thrown caution to the wind and introduced yet another media player into a world chock full of them. With Roku, Apple TV and countless others making their way into homes everywhere, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to streaming networked or Internet-based content onto their televisions. The new CMC3000 network multimedia center is a compact new device that's designed to play back 1080p media, and it has built-in timeshift technology that allows users to pause, record and playback live TV programming -- just like a DVR. It ships with a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, support for connected NAS drives, PC/Mac compatibility, UPnP support and Wi-Fi support via an optional... Read more...
In a joint announcement with middleware set-top box software company NDS MediaHighway, SanDisk today announced that its P4 solid state drives (SSDs) will be jammed into a new range of affordable set-top boxes with DVR-like functionality. "For the first time, SSDs are now a cost-effective alternative to hard drives in the STB market," said Doron Myserdorf, senior director, SSDs, SanDisk. "The successful integration of SanDisk P4 SSD with NDS STB software enables new business models in the STB market, and takes Video on Demand content beyond teh DVR to offer a high degree of DVR-like functionality on a new range of boxes." A pair of SanDisk P4 SSDs. The ones used for set-top boxes will check in... Read more...
Monsoon Multimedia has just added a critical piece of functionality to their newest piece of hardware, which certainly has the potential to change things up rather significantly in the DVR space. The Vulkano is a do-it-all home entertainment box: integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording are all possible. But what wasn't possible was syncing with a Mac. That all changes today. The company has just introduced a new Mac client that gives Apple users access to all of the device's features, enabling them to watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world simply by installing a... Read more...
Well, it's about time. For years now, TiVo has been fighting an interesting problem. They essentially created the DVR service that we know and use today, but they have been struggling forever to make profits and acquire new subscribers. How so? Cable companies were able to duplicate the experience, and although it's not nearly as robust, it's good enough for the vast majority of people. Also, TiVo never had any deals with pay-TV providers, so they were out on their own attempting to upsell people despite regular DVRs being pushed hard by cable companies. It was and is an uphill battle, to say the least. But finally, finally, TiVo has what they have needed from day one: a deal with a cable company.... Read more...
AT&T officially launched version 2.0 of its TV app for iPhone users. The U-Verse Mobile app lets users manage and schedule DVR recordings, browse the U-verse TV program guide, and view program descriptions. U-verse Mobile also lets you download available episodes over any Wi-Fi connection provided you subscribe to a U300 package or higher. The U-verse Mobile App includes TV shows from several popular networks. AT&T plans to add more content in the future. The U-verse Mobile App is available for free from the App Store on the iPhone. AT&T Launches U-verse Mobile App to Let Customers Record and Watch TV Shows from iPhones First TV Provider to Offer iPhone App with DVR Management and... Read more...
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