Macrovision Expands DVR Capabilities1 Apr, 2009 By: John Latchem
Macrovisions Solutions Corp. announced at the 2009 Cable Show a number of initiatives aimed at expanding the role of a digital video recorder (DVR) in the household.
First, the company announced the availability of multiroom DVR capabilities for its Passport Echo 3.5 and iGuide A28 interactive program guides. The systems will be offered on Motorola’s standardized MoCA-enabled set-top boxes, allowing DVR-recorded content to be enjoyed throughout a home network.
Passport and iGuide multiroom DVR functions include pausing a show in one room and resuming it in another, and playing up to three HD shows on the network while recording two more.
Macrovision also announced its Connected Platform solution’s support of tru2way technology, the cable industry’s platform for enabling interactive video and content services capabilities in digital TV devices. This paves the way for DVR manufacturers to include multiroom DVR functionality.
The Connected Platform solution would let consumers access not just DVR-recorded content, but also music, video, photos and Internet content from a variety of locations with compliant data devices.
According to Kurt Scherf, VP and principal analyst at Parks Associates, 43% of U.S. broadband users found multiroom DVR features appealing, and 16% would pay more to receive the feature.