Tivo and Echostar DVR Patent Saga Ends With $104 Million Payout to Tivo

After getting resoundly swatted » 10/06/08 3:30pm 10/06/08 3:30pm in court by Tivo time and again for walking all over its patent for a "multimedia time warping system" (cool retro-future speak for a DVR), Echostar (now just Dish) is finally admitting defeat once and for all. Following in a US Appeals court earlier this year, Echostar appealed to the…

TiVo Auto-Delete Flag Returns (Thank God It Was Only Star Trek)

In case you didn't already know, broadcasters can slip "flags" into TV shows telling your DVR to not record it or to delete it when it hits an expiration date. TiVo users last had a run-in with the auto-delete flag a couple years ago » 8/16/08 7:30pm 8/16/08 7:30pm (Media Center users had ), but , it looks like it's back and haunting fans. Jeff…

Media Center's Do Not Record Broadcast Flag Is Still Alive

Recently, some Windows Media Center owners were blocked from recording American Gladiators and Medium because of an incorrectly set broadcast flag from NBC. What's the deal here? The broadcasters (NBC, ABC, HBO) can turn on a flag in their data stream that tells whatever DVR machine on your end that it's NOT alright to … » 5/15/08 3:00pm 5/15/08 3:00pm

Tivo Defeats Echostar for Stealing DVR Patent in Epic Court Battle…

Two years after initially smacking down Echostar (now just Dish Network) in court for stepping on its patent for a "multimedia time warping system" (aka a DVR) Tivo has clinched final and lasting victory against the satellite provider. Dish Network subscribers won't have to worry about losing their DVRs or seeing… » 4/11/08 3:11pm 4/11/08 3:11pm

Celrun TV HD Multimedia Player Supports Almost Every Codec Under the…

The Celrun TV multimedia player comes equipped to the back teeth. The HD multimedia player totes Ethernet, WiFi b/g for basic, network accessible storage; digital and analog TV tuners, IPTV support, DVR functionality, 320GB HDD, two USB ports, as well as RGB, S-VIDEO and HDMI outputs. Add to that the ability to… » 2/26/08 4:25am 2/26/08 4:25am

Video Demo of PlayTV, the PlayStation 3 DVR

Even though the PlayTV PVR for the PS3 was announced for Europe in the middle of '07, they still haven't managed to release it yet (target date was early 2008). The BBC managed to get a hands-on video look at the device over at Sony's UK offices and it actually looks pretty great. » 2/14/08 4:00pm 2/14/08 4:00pm

TiVo Series 4, First Mumblings

Zatz, ever watchful TiVo fan, noticed the Third Quarter earnings for TiVo make reference to a new box that can do video on demand. It's a thin thread, but we'll take it as the first piece of soil that we can use to plant those rumor seeds: » 11/28/07 5:09pm 11/28/07 5:09pm

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Sony Europe Releases PlayTV PVR for PlayStation 3

Just as we reported before, Sony's just announced a personal video recorder (PVR) add-on system for the PlayStation 3 in European/PAL territories. Starting early 2008, the dual HDTV DVB-T tuner setup and the PVR will be available in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, and you will have the ability to store shows… » 8/22/07 2:08pm 8/22/07 2:08pm

TiVo Desktop 2.5 Update Coming, Doesn't Fix Everything

Ears to the ground, we're hearing reliable sources saying that TiVo Desktop 2.5 is on its way, and may be released as early as today. The handy utility that lets you snag videos your TiVo has recorded right there on your PC and use them on other devices will finally get Windows Vista support, as well as support for our … » 8/07/07 10:45am 8/07/07 10:45am

Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying a High Def DVR

Click to viewWith the recent launch of CableCARD Vista Media Centers, many people are reconsidering buying (or upgrading to) a high definition DVR. But with all the different choices and various benefits and drawbacks of each, it's hard to choose the one that's right for you. » 5/23/07 5:20pm 5/23/07 5:20pm

Poll: TiVo Series 3 vs. Vista CableCARD Media Centers

With CableCARD HD Media Centers finally shipping, consumers have a tough choice on their hands. Do they go with the cheaper, yet still pricey, TiVo Series 3 (our review here)? Or do they splurge and get the feature-filled CableCARD Vista Media Center (our video preview above)? It's tough to choose. » 5/21/07 5:00pm 5/21/07 5:00pm