by Mike Masnick

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directv, replaytv

DirecTV Buys What's Left Of ReplayTV

from the thanks-for-the-time-shifted-memories dept

DirecTV has had something of a love-hate affair with TiVo for years, so the company must be happy that it's been able to pick up the remains of ReplayTV. Remember that ReplayTV actually pre-dated TiVo in the DVR scene -- and the two were direct competitors for a while. ReplayTV was a favorite among many in the techset for not giving in to the entertainment industry (as TiVo did). That meant that ReplayTV actually allowed features like commercial skipping and sharing recordings with other ReplayTV users. Unfortunately for ReplayTV this also meant a series of bank account-draining lawsuits forcing the company into bankruptcy followed by a firesale to consumer electronics firm D&M Holdings. Not much was heard from ReplayTV for a while. The company decided to drop the hardware habit and focus just on software -- but apparently it wasn't doing much for D&M Holdings. It's unclear what DirecTV is planning to do with what's left of ReplayTV, but the immediate speculation is that it's really just buying a patent portfolio at this point. It's a rather sad end for what had been an innovative and consumer-friendly company.

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    Katie, 13 Dec 2007 @ 8:27am

    TiVo Pain

    We have DirecTV at home, and recently got a new receiver for their expanded HD programming... and the TiVo system has been completely bled into the rest of the DirecTV interface at this point. Gone are the cute sound effects, and the remote control is an absolute nightmare. Instead of the ergonomic peanut shape with everything in a logical place, there's a gigantic play button at the top with a tiny pause button off to its bottom-left. The placement of other buttons seems random, and they are identified with only text labels (no icons) that are likely to wear off before any of us memorize what they do.

    I want Replay back =( Maybe their acquisition can help DirecTV to suck less, but I doubt it. Right now, I'd almost prefer cable, and I'd definitely prefer a Media Center PC.

    -- katie

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