Cox reveals multi-room DVR plan
Cox Communications is preparing to introduce its own multi-room DVR capability, launching in a yet-to-be-named market.
Cox’s introduction of multi-room DVR is associated with Cox’s activation of tru2way boxes and the associated rollout of a variety of new applications and the introduction of a new “SCIN guide” user interface (story here). Cox and other major MSOs plan to start providing tru2way-based features in July.
Steve Necessary, Cox vice president of video strategy and product management, said “Our advanced DVR product options, coupled with the roll out of our new interactive program guide, will offer customers a user-experience that is simple and convenient while providing unparalleled control over their video experience.”
Necessary added that, “Multi-room viewing will not replace the option for multiple stand alone DVR units in a home. It's an addition to our product line, allowing customers the opportunity to decide which option best fits their needs.”
Cox said the DVR unit will contain a higher capacity hard drive than previously available from the company. The DVR will use Cox's next generation guide which includes new personalization and search options as well as interactive features.
Cox will initially rely on MoCA (Multimedia Over Cable Alliance) home networking technology; the company has previously made clear it will be operating in a . The technology allows Cox to transform current in-home wiring into the equivalent of an Ethernet network so that receivers can connect to one another.