ReplayTV Shakes The Hardware Habit
from the hardware-is-so-last-generation dept
Back in the early days of the DVR, it was often seen as a two horse race between TiVo and ReplayTV. ReplayTV often stood out for going against the entertainment industry in certain decisions — such as adding a commercial skip feature and the ability to share shows with other ReplayTV users. However, the legal battles became too much, and the company was eventually sold in a firesale to D&M Holding, makers of consumer electronics products. However, not much has come out of ReplayTV in a while — perhaps because the new owners removed the features that people actually liked while also pulling a few bait and switch marketing tricks. So, now, it looks like the parent’s history in building popular consumer electronics equipment wasn’t enough to keep them in the hardware business. Instead, ReplayTV is looking to get rid of their remaining hardware and will focus entirely on the software business. The company will be packaging the new software with TV tuner cards from Hauppauge Digital, which seems like it can’t be a very big business opportunity. There already are a few software DVR makers out there, as well as some open source offerings. You’d think they might be better off trying to do deals with some of the other hardware DVR makers — almost all of whom have reputations for terrible user interfaces.