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DIRECTV Debuts Interactive Digital Video Recorder at CES Tradeshow

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Chris Blount, Jan 6, 2005.

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  1. Jan 6, 2005 #1 of 18
    Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 6, 2005--DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading and fastest-growing digital television service provider, debuted a dual tuner DIRECTV(R) digital video recorder (DVR) with rich interactive functionality, today at the 2005 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    The new DIRECTV DVR allows consumers to maximize their DIRECTV viewing experience. Users of the new DVR can record and store up to 100 hours of DIRECTV(R) programming and directly access interactive services(a). The Interactive DVR offers a wide variety of popular DVR features, such as one-touch recording, dual tuner functionality, instant replay and the most powerful search function available on the market. In addition, the new DVR's large cache will enable consumers to pause and rewind live TV for up to 90 minutes. The new DIRECTV interactive DVR will be commercially available in mid-2005.

    "DVRs have changed the way people watch television and our new Interactive DVR introduces additional features and ease-of-use to ensure the best viewing experience," said Eric Shanks, senior vice president, Advanced Services and Content, DIRECTV, Inc. "This product opens the door for an entirely new wave of programming on the DIRECTV platform."

    Interactive DIRECTV DVR Features:

    -- One-Touch Recording -- Customers can record favorite shows by
    pressing one button on their remote control.

    -- Record Now/Pay Later -- Provides users the flexibility to
    record all pay-per-view (PPV) movies they might be interested
    in and only pay for shows the user actually views.

    -- Recording of Series -- Provides consumers with the power to
    seamlessly schedule a recording of an entire season of their
    favorite show. This feature automatically tracks changes to
    the programming schedule to ensure proper recording.

    -- DVR Controls -- Users have full control of their viewing
    experience with pause, instant replay, rewind, fast-forward,
    slow motion, and frame-by-frame viewing capability.

    -- Playlist -- Displays all recorded content in an organized
    list, including convenient groupings of series recordings and
    DIRECTV extras.

    -- Viewmarks -- Customers can easily mark favorite places in
    their recordings and jump directly to them.

    -- Advanced Search Capability -- Users can quickly search for
    shows, genres, actors, directors, channels or key words both
    in upcoming shows and shows they have previously recorded.
    Users can also return to previous searches to find matching

    -- AutoRecord -- Users can set the new DIRECTV DVR to record all
    programs matching a keyword or other search criteria.

    -- Onscreen caller ID -- Logs phone calls and offers the
    on-display convenience of users browsing current or previous
    calls without interrupting the television viewing

    -- Enhanced viewing experience -- Supports Interactive
    programming, such as DIRECTV Mix channels, NFL SUNDAY
    TICKET(TM) interactive and DIRECTV Active.

    -- Picture-in-guide -- Users can browse through the various
    features of DIRECTV's new user interface while connected to
    their program, which is always present in a video window.

    Other significant features that will enhance the viewer experience include Dolby Digital 5.1 optical outputs and USB ports to support future services.

    (a) Actual recording capacity depends on type of programming being recorded.

    (b) Customer must subscribe to a caller ID service through their phone company.

  2. Jan 6, 2005 #2 of 18

    UnnDunn AllStar

    Oct 27, 2002
    So DirecTV has finally made it clear they are dumping TiVo then...?
  3. Jan 6, 2005 #3 of 18

    rh26 Mentor

    Jan 25, 2003
    What about 30 sec. skip? Or is that slated for the dustbin? :confused:
  4. Jan 6, 2005 #4 of 18

    bhuber Legend

    Sep 13, 2004
    Wilton, IA
  5. Jan 6, 2005 #5 of 18
    Crystal Pepsi Ball

    Crystal Pepsi Ball Godfather

    Jun 29, 2004
    West Valley...
    I tried the link above and it said "service Unavailable"
  6. Jan 6, 2005 #6 of 18
    Jacob S

    Jacob S Hall Of Fame

    Apr 14, 2002
    It also says "service unvavailable" for me.
  7. Jan 7, 2005 #7 of 18

    Link Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2004
    Is there the usual $4.99 DVR fee and what about name based recording?
  8. Jan 7, 2005 #8 of 18

    lee120 Legend

    Dec 2, 2002
    yes it will have nbr
  9. Jan 7, 2005 #9 of 18

    wipeout Icon

    Jul 15, 2003
    I wonder if I should try and return my HDTIVO? Seems like I may have wasted a thousand bucks.
  10. Capmeister

    Capmeister Large Hairless ApeCutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Sep 16, 2003
    Why? I'll still get one in a few weeks. Showing up at a trade show and being on the market to sell are two different things.

    Show me a link to where I can order one of these new boxes, let alone buy outright, and then I'll consider not getting an HD-TIVO. But for now, it's what they have.
  11. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Banned User

    Jan 11, 2004
    Will you have to lay off one of the maids in order to make ends meet? :sure:
  12. rh26

    rh26 Mentor

    Jan 25, 2003
    I wonder if this DVR will play nice (i.e., work as a client) with the Home Media Center box coming out later in the year.
  13. freakedout

    freakedout Cool Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    It does not say anything abut HD. Is this just a sd box or both? It would seem that they would have highlighted HD as part of the feature set if it was HD capable?
  14. Capmeister

    Capmeister Large Hairless ApeCutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Sep 16, 2003
    I only have the one, and why would I let my house be dirty?
  15. LOBO2999

    LOBO2999 Legend

    Apr 9, 2004
    I didnt see this in the press release, is there going top be a Fee for the DVR services like with the Tivo ?
  16. rh26

    rh26 Mentor

    Jan 25, 2003
    I'm pretty sure it's only SD.

    I wonder, though, if it could be an SD client to the Home Media Center. My thought was, get the new SD DVR now (actually 6 months from now when released) as a primary box. Then, when the Home Media Center is released (in a year or so), get it as a primary and move the SD DVR to another room, assuming they can talk to one another.

    It seems sort of short sighted to have not included this functionality/compatibility...
  17. ds650

    ds650 Legend

    Nov 27, 2004
    Anyone here have a SD D10 receiver? When I upgraded to locals they changed out my RCA440's (best recievers ever!) Anyway on the D10 remote are buttons that look like DVR buttons, like 10 skip back & 30 skip ahead. Is this remote used on any current Drectivo? My Samsung Directivo has the stanard peanut remote.
    Just wondering if these new receivers will be "a client" so to speak on a HMO type setup?
  18. jpurkey

    jpurkey Godfather

    May 15, 2003
    I thought it was going to be no-fee, but if it has two tuners I kind of doubt it. I would gladly settle for one tuner though if there was no fee.
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