Archive for the ‘DVR’ Category

Tivo To Return To DirecTV?

June 6, 2007

“With DirecTV under new management, it could very well happen. The two companies parted ways after the satellite provider’s former owner, News Corp., decided to back technology from its NDS subsidiary.Now with Liberty Media about to take the reins, the situation could change. TiVo CEO Tom Rogers said at a Deustche Bank conference that it could open the door again for the DVR maker to market directly to the company’s customers.DirecTV’s new owners reportedly have TiVo fans among their ranks. The DVR company could use the boost as well; its best period of customer growth was during the partnership with the satellite provider.”

TiVo Prepping A “Mass Appeal” HD DVR Priced Below Series 3

May 31, 2007

“Everyone knows that true DVR nirvana requires support for sweet, sweet HD video. Yet while the cost of HDTVs has dropped sharply in the last 5 years, the cost of getting an HD TiVo up and running has not. The much-anticipated Series 3 debuted at $799, and the previous DirecTiVo HR 10-250 debuted at over $1,000. This situation is particularly bad for TiVo, as several cable and satellite operators now offer their own HD DVRs—often for as little as $10 per month. Many consumers aren’t interested in paying the major price premium that TiVo requires, even if they believe that TiVo provides both a superior product and experience (a belief I completely agree with).”


Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying a High Def DVR

May 24, 2007

“With the recent launch of CableCARD Vista Media Centers, many people are reconsidering buying (or upgrading to) a high definition DVR. But with all the different choices and various benefits and drawbacks of each, it’s hard to choose the one that’s right for you.Do you go with a cheap $9 a month rental from Comcast and put up with all its flaws to save money? Do you plunk down a couple hundred bucks and a monthly fee for a TiVo Series 3 because it just works the way you want it? Do you go all out and spend a couple grand for a Vista Media Center that has every single extra feature you could possibly want in a PC? Or do you go to the other extreme and build your own MythTV/SageTV/XP Media Center machine out of spare parts?”