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DIRECTV and TiVo to Launch New HD DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Service

EL SEGUNDO and ALVISO, Calif., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DIRECTV, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTV - News), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO - News), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), announced today that they have extended their current agreement, which includes the development, marketing and distribution of a new HD DIRECTV DVR featuring the TiVo® service, as well as the extension of mutual intellectual property arrangements.

Under the terms of the non-exclusive arrangement, DIRECTV and TiVo will work together to develop a version of the TiVo® service for DIRECTV's broadband-enabled HD DVR platform. The product will support the latest TiVo and DIRECTV features and services, including TiVo's Universal Swivel Search and TiVo KidZone. TiVo will develop the new HD DVR for an expected launch in the second half of 2009.

DIRECTV will continue to develop and offer its own portfolio of industry leading set top boxes as primary offerings to both new and existing customers. This new TiVo box will be offered as an alternative choice to those DIRECTV customers who would like to add TiVo to a full line up of DIRECTV services.

"We have had a very successful history with DIRECTV. Together we brought the TiVo experience to millions of DIRECTV customers and now we look forward to launching a next generation product that uses TiVo's latest features to truly showcase DIRECTV's broad selection of high-definition programming -- all stitched together with the elegance of TiVo's renowned user experience," said Tom Rogers, TiVo's CEO and president. "This agreement demonstrates our continued embrace of mass distribution opportunities in cooperation with major multichannel operators who recognize the value of giving their customers a choice of compelling user experiences."

Like prior products developed by TiVo and DIRECTV, the new HD offering will be marketed and sold by DIRECTV nationally to its entire customer base as part of its growing portfolio of brand name video offerings. Specific consumer pricing and packaging will be announced in conjunction with DIRECTV's launch of the product.

"As the industry's content and technology leader, DIRECTV has a long-standing reputation for developing innovative, advanced products and services, including our highly successful series of DVRs and HD DVRs," said Chase Carey, president and CEO, DIRECTV, Inc. "We will continue to work with TiVo and make this new product available to all new and existing DIRECTV customers who may want to add TiVo on top of our industry leading experience."

DIRECTV and TiVo began their relationship in 2000 with the launch of the first DIRECTV DVR with TiVo service. In April 2006, the companies announced an extension of their commercial and advertising relationship and those commercial and advertising capabilities are further extended, and now include the new HD platform. DIRECTV and TiVo also recently deployed a software update to existing DIRECTV with TiVo boxes, which enables new features like DIRECTV's Remote Booking.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
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DIRECTV and TiVo to Launch New HD DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Service

EL SEGUNDO and ALVISO, Calif., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DIRECTV, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTV - News), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO - News), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), announced today that they have extended their current agreement, which includes the development, marketing and distribution of a new HD DIRECTV DVR featuring the TiVo® service, as well as the extension of mutual intellectual property arrangements.

Under the terms of the non-exclusive arrangement, DIRECTV and TiVo will work together to develop a version of the TiVo® service for DIRECTV's broadband-enabled HD DVR platform. The product will support the latest TiVo and DIRECTV features and services, including TiVo's Universal Swivel Search and TiVo KidZone. TiVo will develop the new HD DVR for an expected launch in the second half of 2009.

DIRECTV will continue to develop and offer its own portfolio of industry leading set top boxes as primary offerings to both new and existing customers. This new TiVo box will be offered as an alternative choice to those DIRECTV customers who would like to add TiVo to a full line up of DIRECTV services.

"We have had a very successful history with DIRECTV. Together we brought the TiVo experience to millions of DIRECTV customers and now we look forward to launching a next generation product that uses TiVo's latest features to truly showcase DIRECTV's broad selection of high-definition programming -- all stitched together with the elegance of TiVo's renowned user experience," said Tom Rogers, TiVo's CEO and president. "This agreement demonstrates our continued embrace of mass distribution opportunities in cooperation with major multichannel operators who recognize the value of giving their customers a choice of compelling user experiences."

Like prior products developed by TiVo and DIRECTV, the new HD offering will be marketed and sold by DIRECTV nationally to its entire customer base as part of its growing portfolio of brand name video offerings. Specific consumer pricing and packaging will be announced in conjunction with DIRECTV's launch of the product.

"As the industry's content and technology leader, DIRECTV has a long-standing reputation for developing innovative, advanced products and services, including our highly successful series of DVRs and HD DVRs," said Chase Carey, president and CEO, DIRECTV, Inc. "We will continue to work with TiVo and make this new product available to all new and existing DIRECTV customers who may want to add TiVo on top of our industry leading experience."

DIRECTV and TiVo began their relationship in 2000 with the launch of the first DIRECTV DVR with TiVo service. In April 2006, the companies announced an extension of their commercial and advertising relationship and those commercial and advertising capabilities are further extended, and now include the new HD platform. DIRECTV and TiVo also recently deployed a software update to existing DIRECTV with TiVo boxes, which enables new features like DIRECTV's Remote Booking.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Woah!!!
 
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i wonder how long it will take before this is on the market?
 
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Like it says in the Press Release 2nd half of 2009. (Basically about a year from now)
 
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Hmmmm, that was totally unexpected. They are saying second half of next year, so target holiday-season 2009 at the latest, but a lot could happen between now and then.

Tivo is back!
 
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Didnt really see this coming:eek:
 
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I liked TIVO when I had it with previous Directv DVR's, I am wondering what is causing Directv to include the TIVO brand with there DVR's????
 
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All I can say is.....WOW!
 
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Didn't Direct buy a company (I for get the name) that builds dvr (or developed the software for a dvr) last year???

Maybe this is a jab at Dish.

For those out there who use to have a TiVo receiver, how did it compare to the hr-21 or even the 622 from Dish if you had both??
 
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Woohoo! I was actually coming here to see what folks had done to beef up this POS HR21 that I have. This is GREAT news for DirecTV and TiVo. time to hit the other forum and see how I can hack it :D JK!
 
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Didn't Direct buy a company (I for get the name) that builds dvr (or developed the software for a dvr) last year???

Maybe this is a jab at Dish.

For those out there who use to have a TiVo receiver, how did it compare to the hr-21 or even the 622 from Dish if you had both??

DirecTV bought some of the ReplayTV patents, protecting them from scruntity for thier in-house built DVRs in case they ever seperated their relationship from Tivo.

(Or perhaps it was to prevent Dish from buying the patents, so they would continue facing legal issues with Tivo :D )
 
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WOWZERS! I am setting aside money now every month so I can buy this when it comes out..I do enjoy tivo....my only question is now this, What about SD recievers, Like the R10 and such, wonder if they will put those in production again, or do a new one, I have two R10's that if they go out, I get the Newest Dvr from Directv not Tivo.
 
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how did the old tivos compare to our current HR series? better or worse?
 
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Holy cow. You're move, Charlie.
 
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If they can get solid multi-room viewing on the Tivos, I'll buy 3 to replace my HR20 farm :)
 
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OMG OMG!!!! I don't think I've been this excited about any satellite news in a long time (which I realize is fairly sad :D )
 
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how did the old tivos compare to our current HR series? better or worse?


I had one of the first HR10-250s to come off the production line. I still have a Phillips DVR-708. Both were/are very good units, stable and did/do what I want them to do.

In place of the HR10-250 I now have an HR20-700 and it's a good unit also.

If I had to choose between the two HD DVRs, I'd take the HR20-700. It's faster and I've got used to the interface and don't miss the Tivo based unit at all.

That's just my opinion, others may (and probably will) disagree.
 
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