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TiVo touts DVR's 60-hour storage, taps three vendors

Tue, 01/08/2002 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

TiVo launched its Series2 digital video recorder and cut three deals to provide some of the new product's entertainment services.

The DVR has upped its recording capacity to up to 60 hours and allows such entertainment services as digital music and photos, broadband VOD, and video party games, TiVo says.

A 40-hour version of the Series2 is available at AT&T Broadband, TiVo says, with a 60-hour version due out next month. Prices are $299 and $399, respectively.

TiVo's already signed up three vendors to help develop the services. The company plans to integrate RealNetworks' RealOne Player in all of the Series2s, letting users make and manage music collections on the hard disk. They can also subscribe to the RealOne music service.

A deal with Jellyvision, a PC game maker credited with You Don't Know Jack, Smush and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, will entail creating new video party games to run on the new DVR.

Finally, TiVo and Radiance Technologies Inc. inked a deal under which TiVo will use Radiance software as "a foundation for broadband delivery management services," TiVo says in a statement. Radiance also will help TiVo develop and integrate an Internet VOD application and toolkit to use over the Radiance product.

The DVR also will let users hook up digital cameras and look at photos or order prints, TiVo says.

RealNetworks and Jellyvision's services will be available by the 2002 holiday season.

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