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D*/TIVO agreement

gotsand
04-12-2006, 12:18 PM
Found this on the azhdtv.net site earlier today:

The Business of Television
TiVo and DIRECTV Agree to Extend Relationship for Three Years
(TiVo Press Release)
Wednesday April 12, 8:00 am ET

Agreement Guarantees Quality Service for Existing DIRECTV TiVo Subscribers;
Also Addresses Intellectual Property

ALVISO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO - News), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), and DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSE: DTV - News), the nation's leading digital television service provider, today announced a three-year extension to the TiVo-DIRECTV commercial agreement.

Existing DIRECTV TiVo subscribers will be able to continue to receive the award-winning TiVoŽ service, with TiVo providing ongoing maintenance and support. In addition, TiVo and DIRECTV agree not to assert patent rights against the other. The agreement also extends the advertising relationship between the two companies.

DIRECTV will continue to service existing DIRECTV receivers with TiVo service. While specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the recurring monthly economics of the agreement are similar to the economics for DIRECTV receivers with TiVo service activated since 2003.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with DIRECTV that will allow us to continue to provide our service to the more than 2 million DIRECTV TiVo households," said TiVo CEO Tom Rogers. "As the pioneer in the DVR market, we have created a service that is highly valued by consumers because of our technology, the wide range of our unique features and the unparalleled ease of our user experience. This agreement reflects TiVo's popularity among DIRECTV subscribers and importantly respects the value of our intellectual property as well."

"By extending our agreement with TiVo, we are ensuring quality support for DIRECTV customers who already own a DIRECTV TiVo unit," said Romulo Pontual, DIRECTV's chief technology officer. "We are pleased to cooperate with TiVo in a way that will best serve DIRECTV and our DIRECTV TiVo customers."

pfastfoot
04-12-2006, 12:46 PM
Has anyone confirmed whether this means they will update the software running on HD DirecTIVO boxes?

drock912001
04-12-2006, 09:04 PM
I got an e-mail about a month ago saying they would release the update sometime this year.I posted the e-mail in the recorder section and also about 3 weeks ago under the directv section.

gtken23
04-13-2006, 09:24 AM
I know if you are upgrading to the new 5 lnb dish with hd/dvr for locals you will get dtvs dvr service...no new tivo equipment...it is only for existing tivo equipment.

knothead
04-13-2006, 08:07 PM
Duh! It's a no brainer on Tivo's part!! In 3 years everything has to be in HD anyway. Your tivo now can't bring in HD for locals anyway so when Feb. '09 comes, there goes tivo's SD problem.

deadhead68
04-14-2006, 07:25 AM
Duh! It's a no brainer on Tivo's part!! In 3 years everything has to be in HD anyway. Your tivo now can't bring in HD for locals anyway so when Feb. '09 comes, there goes tivo's SD problem.

Not to nit pick at what you wrote, but everything does NOT have to be broadcast in HD in 3 years. Everything has to be broadcast in digital format, not HD. I only point this out because there are alot of people out there who do believe that everything will be in HD by 2009. It's just not true. Trying to save people from a big disappointment.

DeadHead68

Teamhallett
04-14-2006, 08:20 PM
Good point DeadHead.

dude2
04-14-2006, 09:45 PM
Don't the stations loose their extra hd bandwidth if they do not broadcast in hd in 2009. I really do not think any 1st class station will want to give up bandwidth.

deadhead68
04-15-2006, 06:25 AM
Don't the stations loose their extra hd bandwidth if they do not broadcast in hd in 2009. I really do not think any 1st class station will want to give up bandwidth.

As far as I know, the answer is no. Broadcasting in Digital is their only requirement. Well that and turning off their Analog feed.

DeadHead68

knothead
04-15-2006, 07:09 PM
As far as I know, the answer is no. Broadcasting in Digital is their only requirement. Well that and turning off their Analog feed.

DeadHead68

I stand corrected, I guess. I didn't know about the digital feed part but if that's the case then a lot of people won't have to worry.

drock912001
04-17-2006, 10:22 PM
I don't know why it can't get locals,but my hd locals show up on my guide.Here's the e-mail directv sent me today regarding the HR10-250.

Thanks for writing. I apologize for any frustration this issue may have caused you. The HD-DVR (DIRECTV HR10-250) will be upgraded, but the date has yet to be determined. While I don't have information today on when, I have forwarded your comments on to DIRECTV Management.

Thanks again for writing and stay tuned to DIRECTV.com for the latest news and information about our services.