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DIRECTV Buys ReplayTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Kheldar, Dec 13, 2007.

What do you think about this?

  1. Cool!

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  2. Why?

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  3. Not Cool!

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  4. Who's ReplayTV?

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  1. lguvenoz

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    Definitely!!!
     
  2. Jeremy W

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    Nobody's thinking it. It means nothing for VOD and CEs, because nothing is changing. DirecTV is not going to be releasing Replay-branded DVRs, the HR20/1 are still it.
     
  3. ub1934

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    You forgot the sh:rolleyes:
     
  4. Jeremy W

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    Hmmm, nope I didn't mention Tivo in there anywhere, so no "sh" was necessary.
     
  5. Steve

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    Agree. IMO, this deal is all about the 50 DVR patents REPLAY owns that are referenced in post #58 here. This should allow DirecTV to continue including patented features in their DVR's in perpetuity... long after their cross-licensing deal with TiVo expires in 2010. Since the HR20/21 technology roadmap was in place long before this deal, any REPLAY technology that might find it's way onto the HR platform in the future will just be a bonus, not the reason for the acquisition.

    Just my .02. /steve
     
  6. simonkodousek

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    Hmm... I'm happy to see that DirecTV is taking over a wider market of DVR's, but I'm sad to see TiVo go. I really love their software, and like it more than D*'s current DVR's...
     
  7. lwilli201

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    I hope that if the DVR software development is moved to ReplayTV that the CE program will not become a thing of the past.
     
  8. Jeremy W

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    They're not going to move the software development to ReplayTV.
     
  9. lwilli201

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    How would you know that? It would be good news, but do you have a source for this.
     
  10. ned23

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    I think DirecTv has got do something with their software development. There are systems coming online that totally blow DirecTv's software away. As one example the new Microsoft Mediaroom software. The old UTV people will love it. Not only DLB but PIP with different angles of view, MRV ITV Personal video music and photos, an elegant design.

    I hope this alliance with Replay makes our software as worldclass as the satelitte delivery system is.
     
  11. Doug Brott

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    There has been no indication that ReplayTV will take over DVR development ..
     
  12. tinyiota

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    It's all about the patents.. Look at the tech sector and how companies like SUN, IBM and Netapp handle patents and you get the idea.

    Buying Replay gives DirecTV more patents that they can use to defend themselves against other patent suits, negotiate more favorable cross-licensing deals and add features on DirecTV products that are covered by Replay's patents.

    Whether they add the features, or just keep the patents in the attic until they need to use them defensively, who's to say? We can only hope they don't use them offensively. I have no visibility into DirecTV's development process, but it seems like they have a pretty active development process going already. I can see them possibly adding replay's features to their existing code, but I can't see them taking replay's code and running it on existing hardware.

    My $0.02.. :)
     
  13. lwilli201

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    No indication that they will not. In any case, I just hope that whatever happens, that the CE program will continue. With Directv having some control of the ReplayTV patents, we could see some real great new features.
     
  14. Jeremy W

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    There's also no indication that DirecTV will not hand over control of the DVR software to Dish Network tomorrow. That doesn't mean it's happening. :rolleyes:
     
  15. rmartinj

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    Why
     
  16. marksman

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    I remember back in the day when I got my first TiVo. This was before TiVo or ReplayTV was released. I remember browsing their pre-sale websites announcing their upcoming launches. My first love was Replay, but at some point I got sold on TiVo. My brother actually ended up getting a ReplayTV.

    The funny thing is the DVR has not changed all that much since I had that first 14 hour TiVo. I do love my HR20s now though.
     
  17. Jeremy W

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    The DVR concept can't change too much. All that really changes with the core DVR functions is just the way they work. And if you think back to your first Tivo, and then look at Tivo's DVRs today, what have they changed? Folders. Their subscribers have been asking for other things, but Tivo doesn't listen. A free space indicator? Hah! Longer buffers? Not a chance. How about simply being able to look at the guide while you're watching a recording? Nope, why would you ever want to do that?
     
  18. smiddy

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    WOW, I go away for a day and DirecTV does some good poop! Way to go DirecTV...we're headed in the right direction and I can only imagine what will happen with the CEs in the coming months.
     
  19. TheRatPatrol

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    Although I agree with you on this one, I've always wondered how people can be reading the guide data while trying to watch that small screen in the upper left corner at the same time. Its like trying to watch a movie with subtitles. :)
     
  20. raven56706

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    will replaytv fix the 771 problem?
     
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