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DirecTV/TiVo DVR Getting Nat'l Rollout

2/13/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

ALVISO, CALIF. – DirecTV and TiVo are now
making the DirecTV TiVo DVR available to all markets
across the United States.

The new TiVo box, which began a limited rollout
to 10 DirecTV markets in December, is based on
the company’s older, standard-definition user interface,
not the newer Premiere GUI available on
other platforms.

The box also lacks a number of features available
on other DirecTV and TiVo boxes, including
IP streaming from TiVo service partners, DirecTV
multi-room DVR functionality and iOS App control,
among other things.

The set-top will, however, receive HD channels.
It is priced at $199, and will require an additional
$12 monthly service fee.

TiVo first started offering its DVR hardware and
GUI/recording service through DirecTV in 1999.

The set-top IRD/DVRs proved to be very popular
with DirecTV subscribers, but after DirecTV
was acquired by News Corp., the satellite service
opted to use DVRs manufactured by NDS, a News
Corp. sister company, eventually ending the arrangement
with TiVo in 2005.

The new DirecTV/TiVo product includes dual
tuners and a hard disk drive that can store up to
100 hours of HD or up to 400 hours of SD programming.
Features include Swivel Search, TiVo
Suggestions, WishList Recordings and Season
Pass.