ReplayTV sneaks into set-tops
ReplayTV and Motorola recently signed a long-term licensing agreement for Motorola to use ReplayTV's digital video recording technology in high-end cable set-top boxes.
Digital video recorders (DVRs) are similar to VCRs, except that instead of recording to tape, they store programming on a hard drive.
Although the agreement is non-exclusive, it provides ReplayTV with a path to the largest market of television viewers: cable subscribers.
Under the agreement, ReplayTV's DVR software will be used in Motorola's DCT-5000 set-top boxes. Cable operators and subscribers will begin to see set-top boxes with DVR capabilities by the end of the year, according to ReplayTV.
The Motorola deal is the first major agreement ReplayTV has signed since it recast its business plan late last year. Unlike its main rival, TiVo, ReplayTV changed course and decided to license its software to cable providers instead of trying to sell stand-alone boxes.
In February, Sonicblue bought ReplayTV for $123 million in stock.