Broadband Briefs for 11/17/09
• Stocking stuffer: TiVo cuts prices on HD DVRs
By Mike Robuck
In an effort to cash in on all of those new holiday HDTVs, TiVo said today that it was cutting the prices on its HD DVRs. TiVo said its HD DVR went from $299.99 to $249.99, and its HD XL DVR from $599.99 to $499.99 plus the cost of the service.
"This holiday season, consumers are focused on giving great gifts at a great value. It's not how much you spend, but how much you get for what you pay," said Tony Lee, vice president of marketing for TiVo. "The TiVo service offers the world's largest on-demand video library, giving you and your family countless hours of in-home entertainment. So rather than giving a gift that will be shoved into a junk drawer or forgotten days later, give the gift that your family will use all year long, a TiVo HD DVR."
TiVo also announced the availability of some holiday Facebook applications. TiVo will post its third-quarter earnings next week after beating analysts’ expectations in its second quarter despite a 12 percent drop in revenue.
• Netflix, Sony make good on partnership
By CED staff
Netflix members can now instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix directly to TVs via Sony Bravia Internet video-capable HDTVs, previous Bravia models compatible with Sony's Bravia Internet video link module and the Sony Network Blu-ray Disc Player.
The partnership between Netflix and Sony Electronics was announced in July.
Separately, Netflix and Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced a partnership to make thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix available to be streamed instantly to TVs via the PlayStation3 (PS3).