Comcast Corp. is taking the big plunge into digital video recorder service for the first time throughout its Washington, D.C. metro and Virginia region.
The DVR service is now available to Comcast digital cable customers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland; as well as in the District of Columbia and Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William County and Reston, Va.
The service will allow customers to use VCR functions in recording and watching live TV, with 30 to 50 hours of standard programming or a maximum of seven hours of HD programming storage, depending on which box they use.
In the Maryland and District of Columbia markets, customers will be using Motorola Inc. 's DCT-6208 HD DVR set-top. In the Virginia markets, they will use the Scientific-Atlanta Inc. Explorer 8000 SD DVR. Virginia markets will see rollout of the Explorer 8000 HD DVR set-top.
The service costs an additional $9.95 monthly, with no added charge for the DVR set-top box.
"The Washington Metro Region is one of the very first markets in the country where DVR customers can record programs in high-definition," said Jaye Gamble, regional senior vice president for Comcast's Washington Metro/Virginia Region. "Other devices can allow you to pause live television, but only this revolutionary DVR service gives customers the power to record and replay programming in HDTV."