Are PVRs Doomed To Fail?

from the well,-no dept

Here’s an odd opinion piece. It’s talking about how personal video recorders like the TiVo or ReplayTV are doomed to fail because people don’t want another box on top of their TVs. I’m not completely sure people really care that much about the number of boxes on their TV, but more to the point, I don’t think such news comes as a surprise to the PVR companies. Both TiVo and UltimateTV (while it was around) partnered with the satellite providers to put their functionality into the satellite receivers. They know that’s the direction things are going in, and it’s likely they’ll keep partnering to license their technology. Also, this article is the first I’ve seen that ever distinguishes the differences between a DVR and a PVR. I had always assumed the two were completely interchangeable, but this article says that a PVR is any DVR that includes some sort of tv-guide like service as well.

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Bill says:

This guy is crazy!

If it weren’t for Tivo I’d watch *NO* TV at all. I can’t tell you the last time I set down at the perscribed time to watch a TV show.

I have the Hughes 35 hour DirectTivo combo unit. That box actually eliminated my old satellite receiver and my VCR is also collecting dust in a closet. As a result, I have fewer boxes associated with TV viewing.


john bartley (user link) says:

Cold dead fingers.

You can take my Dishplayer only if you pry it from my cold dead fingers. It guarantees we never miss another episode of SG-1, Buffy, Angel, Frontline, Fresh Gear or NOVA. No more trash TV!

My VCR use is now exclusively for copying off things to keep; e.g., things we don’t have time to watch this month, as we only have 28 hrs of recording space on the 40GB HD I upgraded it with, or the Max Headroom reruns on TechTV.

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