We have been holding our breaths for TiVo to work with DIRECTV in releasing a compatible HD DVR to the masses nationwide, since the release of the TiVo Premier line of set-top boxes. Well the wait is finally over as DIRECTV customers from any area can now get their very own “DirecTiVo” for $199 along with an additional monthly service fee, HD and DVR access fee. We are sorry to say that this new box will not be supporting some premier features such as 3D support, multiroom support, as well as the Premier UI and live streaming iPad apps. The new box will allow users to record up to 100 hours of HD content or 400 hours of shows in standard definition.
TiVo and DIRECTV had initially deployed units in an initial 10 market test back in December 2011 that must have been successful enough for them to launch these devices nationwide. Check out the press release below for more details.
[spoiler]TiVo® HD DVR Available Nationwide from DIRECTV
TiVo and DIRECTV Back Together Again
ALVISO, Calif. (February 9, 2012) – TiVo Inc., the creator of and a leader in advanced television services including digital video recorders (DVRs), announced today the nationwide availability of the TiVo® HD DVR from DIRECTV, which enables DIRECTV customers to once again enjoy the world-famous TiVo service seamlessly integrated with their DIRECTV service.
“DIRECTV customers nationwide can now experience the TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV, which combines TiVo’s award-winning user interface with DIRECTV’s great lineup of HD programming,” said David Sandford, Vice President, General Manager of TiVo’s service provider business. “With the introduction of this product, DIRECTV customers can again experience TiVo’s gold-standard interface, easy-to-use peanut remote and Swivel™ Search feature, which allow users to effortlessly find their favorite shows in HD across television and on DIRECTV CINEMA.”
With the TiVo® HD DVR from DIRECTV, users can:
· Easily set a Season Pass Recordings that will automatically record all of a user’s favorite shows each week so they’ll never miss an episode
· Create WishList® Searches, which allow users to set up automatic recordings for TV shows and movies based on keywords – such as their favorite actor’s name, sports team or personal interest
· Take advantage of the TiVo Suggestions feature which intuitively discovers users favorite shows and automatically, records similar shows
· Effortlessly find their favorite shows in HD across television and on DIRECTV Cinema
· Record up to 100 hours of HD programming or 400 hours of SD shows
· Record two shows at once
· Access more than 7,000 on-demand movies and shows at no extra charge
“We are pleased to answer the call of TiVo fans by making the new TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV available nationwide,” said Tony Goncalves, senior vice president, Product Management, DIRECTV. “DIRECTV has a long-standing reputation for offering our customers the best in advanced programming and services and they now have even more DVR options with this new TiVo-enabled platform.”
This nationwide announcement follows TiVo and DIRECTV’s initial ten-market deployment this past December. Customers can learn more about the TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV or order now by visiting www.directv.com/tivo.
DIRECTV is the latest entertainment service provider to deploy TiVo offerings to their customers. Other deployment partnerships in the U.S. include Charter, RCN, Suddenlink and Grande Communications, and European operators include Virgin Media, the largest cable operator in the UK, and ONO, the largest cable operator in Spain.
About TiVo Inc.
Founded in 1997, TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO – News) developed the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). TiVo offers the TiVo service and TiVo DVRs directly to consumers online at www.tivo.com and through third-party retailers. TiVo also distributes its technology and services through solutions tailored for cable, satellite and broadcasting companies. Since its founding, TiVo has evolved into the ultimate single solution media center by combining its patented DVR technologies and universal cable box capabilities with the ability to aggregate, search, and deliver millions of pieces of broadband, cable, and broadcast content directly to the television. An economical, one-stop-shop for in-home entertainment, TiVo’s intuitive functionality and ease of use puts viewers in control by enabling them to effortlessly navigate the best digital entertainment content available through one box, with one remote, and one user interface, delivering the most dynamic user experience on the market today. TiVo also continues to weave itself into the fabric of the media industry by providing interactive advertising solutions and audience research and measurement ratings services to the television industry www.tivo.com
TiVo, TiVo Logo, and Trick Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide. ©2011 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 30.8 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its 19.7 million customers access to more than 170 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 11 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 11.1 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 60 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com.[/spoiler]