From the press release:
“ReplayTV PC Edition DVR provides a breathtaking advance over prior DVR experiences – offering an intuitive solution that is powerful yet easy-to-use, so viewers can spend less time manipulating and managing their DVR, and more time watching their favorite TV programming. ReplayTV placed the highest priority on making PC Edition lightning fast, predictable and reliable in recording your family’s shows and providing an experience that’s unmatched in the industry. “
I was able to scope out a demo of the ReplayTV PC Edition Software personally yesterday and will have some more scoop/details in a follow up article.
In the meantime you might want to look at this ReplayTV feature page which has some screenshots to ogle and describes some of the different little touches they put into the design of their PC DVR experience.
Check out the full press release with lots of feature description below the fold
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REPLAYTV REDEFINES THE ENTIRE DVR EXPERIENCE WITH BREAKTHROUGH “PC EDITION” software
— Company Will Demonstrate New PC-Based DVR Solution at Digital Experience in New York
Cupertino CA., June 28, 2006 — ReplayTV®, the pioneer of digital video recording, today unveiled its highly anticipated ReplayTV PC Edition. This next-generation DVR PC software offers TV enthusiasts the Ultimate DVR Experience, empowering everyone to get the most enjoyment out of TV. With a host of features, including lightning-fast and powerful new program search tools, a simple and intuitive interface, multi-room networking capabilities and more, ReplayTV PC Edition is the new benchmark in a DVR experience.
Bill Loewenthal, ReplayTV’s VP/GM noted: “For many consumers, their PCs are the center of their entertainment life for music photos and the Internet. And with the PC experiencing exponential growth as an entertainment platform, it’s natural that TV and DVR will be a central experience on the PC. We’ve created an affordable DVR that lets everyone in the home enjoy TV on the computer. We at ReplayTV consider ourselves true ‘TV fanatics,’ and after seven years in the DVR business, our new PC Edition is everything we’ve always wanted to provide for our customers – and for ourselves!“
Spend More Time Watching TV, Not Managing Your DVR!
ReplayTV PC Edition DVR provides a breathtaking advance over prior DVR experiences – offering an intuitive solution that is powerful yet easy-to-use, so viewers can spend less time manipulating and managing their DVR, and more time watching their favorite TV programming. ReplayTV placed the highest priority on making PC Edition lightning fast, predictable and reliable in recording your family’s shows and providing an experience that’s unmatched in the industry.
Mark Goodwin, Director of Product Development, added: “DVRs are more than pausing live TV. In designing ReplayTV PC Edition we wanted to give users new and more natural ways to find and record the types of shows they enjoy. The result is an intuitive, lightning fast, ‘set and forget’ experience that can be used by the whole family.”
Standout features and capabilities include:
* Surprise Me™: This fun and useful feature surprises viewers by automatically recording programming featuring favorite actors, directors and genres. “Surprise-Me” is integrated throughout the experience, making it a valuable feature for all users.
* Find More: This exciting feature lets you instantly discover other shows and movies that are similar in genre or feature the same actors or directors as the one you’re watching. Of course, you can have ReplayTV surprise you with other shows starring your favorite actor.
* Useful Searches: Tired of scrolling through channel lineups to find what you want? A click of the button and you can see a list of “Primetime Shows,” “Series Premieres,” or “Series Finales.” Enjoy romantic comedies? Try searching by genre, movie title, by actors, or even directors!
* Intelligent networking: Once you have ReplayTV PC Edition in your life, you’ll probably want it in every room where you have a PC. It’s easy to network multiple ReplayTV PC Edition PCs together, and when you do, ReplayTV consolidates the recorded shows from all ReplayTV PCs into a single view so your shows are easy to find and watch. And if you just want to view shows in an additional room, ReplayTV offers ReplayTV PC Companion for PCs without tuners.
* Smart Channel Guide: ReplayTV PC Edition makes the Channel Guide work for you. You can place your favorite channels at the top of the guide so you can easily and quickly see what’s playing on them. You can always tell what’s being recorded because the time bar features a record indicator so you can plan what else you want to watch or record – with absolutely no guesswork.
A Brand New Approach to the DVR Experience
ReplayTV PC Edition is the result of extensive research and feedback from current DVR users. That research revealed that current PC-based DVR products have major drawbacks in their ability to provide reliable, user-friendly solutions that the entire family trusts and uses. ReplayTV PC Edition finally brings a solution the entire family will enjoy.
ReplayTV PC Edition includes numerous unique design approaches that make navigation a snap. Highlights include:
* Presenting shows by airings: Unlike other DVRs that present users with a long list of every program episode on every network, ReplayTV PC Edition organizes shows by airing, making it easy and quick to pick your favorite series to record.
* Fast Navigation and Instant Searches: ReplayTV PC Edition was designed to navigate and deliver search results quickly. Unlike other DVRs, ReplayTV PC Edition won’t disappoint you with “Please Wait” messages.
* Recorded Shows organization: ReplayTV’s innovative Recorded Shows screen presents the latest shows you’ve recorded — What’s New — right along with all your episodes grouped by show. This organizing principle makes navigating through hundreds of shows fast and accurate. And when it’s movie night, ReplayTV organizes all recorded movies under one tab.
* Overlap manager: Most DVRs don’t allow you to record two shows that overlap by just a few minutes, forcing you to record just one show. ReplayTV lets you record the cliffhanger ending and still follow the next show.
Compatible with Existing PC Hardware
All the features and capabilities of the software-based ReplayTV PC Edition are designed to run on a user’s existing PC hardware with the addition of a TV tuner. You can then watch your shows through your PC’s monitor, or if you have the proper connections on your video card, you can connect your PC to your TV.
The affordable and flexible ReplayTV PC Edition is ideal for many types of consumers including: people who want a powerful PC-based DVR for their main room; those who want a second DVR available through the PC because the DVR in the living room is in constant use; and people who love TV and want it on their laptop so they can watch shows on the go. Here are examples of how the ReplayTV PC Edition can fit into people’s lifestyles:
* Easy Networking: For family members wanting to use PCs to view TV in separate rooms, ReplayTV PC Edition’s networking capabilities gives everyone access to their favorite shows.
* The PC Space-Saver: For young people moving into their first apartment and using the PC as the center of their entertainment experience, ReplayTV PC Edition is a space-saving and affordable solution for bringing a high-quality TV and DVR experience to their lives.
* The School Solution: College students who want to watch their favorite shows and movies will be happy to know that their shows will be at their fingertips when they’re done with studying and socializing and just want to relax and catch up on what they missed.
Availability and Pricing
ReplayTV PC Edition will be offered with a free 30-day trial download at ReplayTV.com. It can be purchased for $99.95, which includes one year of ReplayTV Electronic Program Guide service for the PC Edition (annual fee thereafter: $19.95 per year).
ReplayTV PC Edition will also be bundled in the box with select Hauppauge WinTV/PVR tuner cards, also with a free 30-day trial. ReplayTV PC Edition is compatible with select Hauppauge WinTV PVR tuner cards and uses Hauppauge’s remote control and set-top box IR blaster, and is compatible with terrestrial antenna, most analog cable and select digital cable and satellite set-top boxes.
ReplayTV PC Edition Companion (one ReplayTV PC Edition Companion required for each additional PC to access the ReplayTV PC Edition) will also be available for purchase at ReplayTV.com with a price of $49.95 each.
Availability is expected in September 2006.
ReplayTV® is the inventor and creator of DVR technology. ReplayTV has earned over 20 prestigious awards including CNET’s Editors Choice Award and is the winner of an Emmy award for technological achievement. The company is a leader in the DVR industry in groundbreaking innovations aimed at providing consumers with unmatched power and control in maximizing their TV viewing experience with the best performance and best value. Founded in 1997, ReplayTV is headquartered in Cupertino, California. The ReplayTV® brand is owned by D&M Holdings U.S., Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Digital Networks North America, Inc.
About D&M Holdings Inc.
D&M Holdings Inc. (TSE II: 6735) is based in Tokyo and owns the Denon, Marantz, McIntosh Laboratory, Boston Acoustics, Snell Acoustics, D&M Professional, ReplayTV® and Escient® brands. Denon, Marantz, McIntosh and D&M Professional are global industry leaders in the specialist home theater, audio/video consumer electronics or professional audio markets, with a strong and long-standing heritage of manufacturing and marketing high-performance audio and video components. Boston Acoustics, with its signature The Boston Sound™, is a leader in premium loudspeakers for home and audio markets. Snell is a super premium speaker brand.
The ReplayTV and Escient brands represent award-winning technologies in digital home entertainment. Additional information is available at www.dm-holdings.com.
Statements in this news release that are not statements of historical fact include forward-looking statements regarding future events, upcoming product features or the future financial performance of the company. We wish to caution you that such statements are just predictions and the actual events or results may differ materially. Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties surrounding competitive and industry conditions, market acceptance for the company’s products, risks of litigation, technological changes, developing industry standards and other factors related to the company’s businesses.
ReplayTV and the ReplayTV circled “r” logo are registered trademarks of Digital Networks North America, Inc.
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