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TiVo Launches DVR Upgrade Promotion

--DISH Wins Stay of Order Requiring it to Disable its DVR's for Infringing on TiVo Patent
TiVo has launched a promotion designed to encourage users of its DVR service to upgrade to its HD DVR. "Beginning today, July 1st, TiVo will begin providing unique offers to dedicated customers that have owned a TiVo DVR for at least one year and are ready to upgrade to an HD DVR," the company said in a statement. "TiVo encourages customers to log onto their account through tivo.com as eligible customers can save $50 or...

Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Cablevision's RS-DVR Project

--Cablevision's Rutledge Says MSO Hopes to Launch Simple Pause-Live-TV App This Summer
The US Supreme Court said Monday that it would not revisit a US appeals court's decision last August to overturn a March, 2007 lower court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in the Cablevision Remote Storage (RS)-DVR case . The decision is in accordance with a recent recommendation ( see article published on itvt.com, May 31st ) by US solicitor general, Elena Kagan, that the court not hear the case: Kagan was asked by the...

New AT&T U-verse TV iPhone App Lets Customers Schedule and Manage DVR Recordings Remotely

US incumbent telco, AT&T , announced Thursday that it has launched an iPhone/iPod touch remote DVR scheduling and management application for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, U-verse TV (note: AT&T currently has exclusive rights to offer the iPhone in the US). The app, dubbed the U-verse TV Mobile Remote Access App for iPhone and iPod touch, is available free-of-charge in the Apple App Store. "This is the perfect example of how AT&T is bringing services...

TelstraClear Taps Digisoft, Verimatrix to Develop PVR-Enabled Advanced Set-Top Box

TelstraClear , a New Zealand-based subsidiary of Australian telecommunications company, Telstra , that offers triple-play services in Wellington, Christchurch and Kapiti, said Monday that it has tapped Irish IPTV technology provider, Digisoft.tv , and US content protection specialist, Verimatrix, to jointly develop a hybrid HD DVB-C set-top box with PVR capabilities and support for IPTV that it will offer to its cable customers. The box is intended to compete against the TiVo-based platform that rival...

Live Broadcasting Service, Justin.tv, Launches "DVR" Feature

In a posting on its corporate blog Thursday, Justin.tv , a San Francisco-based company that bills itself as "the largest online community for people to broadcast, watch and interact around live video" (it claims to have around 428,000 live video channels, to which 20 hours of video are uploaded each minute, and says its Web site receives over 41 million unique visitors per month), announced the launch of what it calls "DVR" functionality for its...

CBS's TV.com Launches Record-to-TiVo Functionality

CBS-owned broadband video/community site, TV.com (offers full episodes, clips, entertainment news, show summaries, polls, forums and more) and DVR vendor/service provider, TiVo, announced an agreement Wednesday which they say will let TV.com users find and schedule shows to record on their TiVo DVR directly through TV.com. According to the parties, TV.com users who have a TiVo Series2, Series3, HD, or HD XL DVR can now record single episodes or entire seasons of shows by clicking...

DirecTV Taps Invidi to Enable "Relevant" Local Advertising

--Local Ads Will Be Cued Up on DirecTV DVR's
GroupM-backed advanced advertising technology provider, Invidi Technologies , said Wednesday that satellite-TV provider, DirecTV, will use its software to offer advertisers "relevant" local advertising (note: last November, Invidi announced a similar deal with rival satellite-TV provider, DISH Network). According to Invidi, its Advatar software, in combination with DirecTV's DVR-equipped set-top boxes, will allow local television advertising availability based on geographic location, and will position TV ads according to any marketer's specifications. Previously, DirecTV could only...

US Solicitor General Recommends that Supreme Court not Revisit Cablevision RS-DVR Case

--Cablevision Hopes to Launch Network DVR Service This Summer
US Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, has recommended that the US Supreme Court not revisit a US appeals court's decision last August to overturn a March, 2007 lower court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in the Cablevision Remote Storage (RS)-DVR case. Cablevision was sued by ABC, CBS, NBC Universal, TBS, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, after announcing back in 2006 that it would launch a network DVR service which it...

BSkyB, Microsoft Partner to Bring Sky Player to Xbox Games Consoles

--Service to Feature Live Channels, VOD, and a Range of Interactive TV Applications
As expected (see the article posted on itvt.com yesterday), Microsoft and UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB (Sky), have announced a partnership to offer a version of the latter's Sky Player broadband TV service on Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console. According to the companies, the service will launch on the Xbox LIVE content service in the UK and Ireland in the fall (note: in their press release announcing the new service, the companies did not specify whether...

TiVo Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a Loss

--Says Comcast Will Make TiVo "Primary DVR Option" in One of its tru2way Markets
DVR vendor/service provider, TiVo, on Wednesday released financial results for its fiscal first quarter, ended April 30th: Service and technology revenues totaled $48.5 million, compared to $54.9 million for the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $5.1 million, compared to $11.1 million for the year ago period (and compared to the company's previously issued guidance that EBITDA would range between breakeven and $2 million). The company attributed the decline to longer amortization of product lifetime revenues,...

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