Wednesday, September 03, 2008

TiVo, DirecTV to Develop New DVR

For all of those out there who HATE the DirecTV DVR, Tivo is coming back to the rescue!

Tivo is developing a new digital video recorder for satellite TV provider DirecTV rekindling a strained relationship and potentially opening the door to boosting the number of its subscribers.

TiVo shares climbed more than 2 percent on Wednesday after the companies said that they had extended their current deal and added the development, marketing and distribution of a new high-definition DirecTV DVR featuring TiVo service. The product's launch is expected in the second half of 2009. Read the full article...

3 comments:

Wrecking Machine said...

There shouldn't be too much hatin' on the DTV DVR (TLAs FTW).

Arguably, when I first got it in September of 2006, it blew monkey chunks. Constantly locking up, randomly not recording, or the worst, randomly not recording the end of a show.

Since then it has been under constant update, and I haven't had a problem with it in about a year. The UI has gotten worse in appearance with the updates, but much better performance-wise. You gotta take the good with the bad sometimes.

I'm guessing by the time 2nd quarter 2009 rolls around, the DTV DVR will be good enough to stand up to the fabled TiVo. Unless DTV stops updating their DVR to work on TiVo's.

Dolf said...

Machine, most of the "hatin'" comes from those who initially had the *real* Tivo and were then transitioned into the DTV model when they went with their own.

Once you are used to the elegance and superior design of the Tivo you will not want anything else. And you'll be willing to pay a premium to keep it.

I think it boils down to DTV being afraid of getting sued by TIvo. If they are "partners" again and Tivo is making money off the deal (like they did before) then they probably won't go after them like they did with Dish.

Anonymous said...

Having had both.

Just give me my true dual live buffers back on the DTV unit and I can live without Tivo. This feature (or lack of) is the only HUGE miss. The record both option sucks.

I do love the plug and play drive expansion which I hope the Tivo unit adopts.