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TiVo eyes digital cable-ready DVR

Thu, 01/06/2005 - 7:00pm
Karen Brown

Seeking a spot on the high-definition bandwagon, digital video recorder technology company TiVo Inc. yesterday unveiled a high-definition, digital-ready box at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The HD CableCARD DVR will allow customers to watch high-definition programs without needing a separate HD set-top box. It also can support CableCARD interfaces, although as yet it has not been certified under the CableLabs Inc. cable interface specification.

The box is expected to hit retail shelves in early 2006.

"We believe that the deployment of CableCARD technology is an essential development for the future of digital television. By eliminating the need for a separate set-top box, consumers will enjoy more choice and flexibility over their entertainment delivery," said Mike Ramsay, TiVo's chairman and CEO, in a release. "TiVo will play a key role in driving this technology forward to bring it to the masses."

The box also will incorporate elements of TiVo's new "Tahiti" strategy for digital file management. Supported by industry players including Microsoft Corp. and semiconductor provider Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the Tahiti scheme will allow TiVo customers to find, download and store content from broadcast or broadband sources. It uses an open software platform, and TiVo hopes third-party developers will use that to create content distribution application products. The company plans to roll out Tahiti components this year and into 2006.

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