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Amazon.com To Offer ReplayTV Set-Tops

25 Mar, 2002 By: Hive News

Amazon.com has become the first e-tailer to offer Sonicblue's controversial ReplayTV 4000 Digital Video Recorder (DVR) series, which the manufacturer says is also the world's first broadband and home network enabled DVR.

Amazon.com is taking preorders for ReplayTV 4000 and is the exclusive national retailer of ReplayTV 4000 – online or off – through the end of May.

"As a top online consumer electronics retailer, Amazon.com will enable us to quickly and effectively expose the ReplayTV 4000 to a broader consumer market," said Jim Hollingsworth, VP of worldwide sales, Sonicblue. "We are confident that ReplayTV 4000 will prove to be highly successful among Amazon.com's Internet-savvy customer base and we look forward to working with them to expand our retail presence, thereby strengthening our position in the rapidly growing DVR market space."

Amazon.com will offer four models in the series, with prices ranging from $700 to $2,000.

Sonicblue's ReplayTV 4000 lets television viewers automatically record their favorite shows without videotape, pause and instantly replay live television and choose to skip over commercials without fast forwarding. With its broadband connectivity, customers can send video over the Internet to friends and family who own ReplayTV 4000s – a feature that brought down a lawsuit – stream video to other ReplayTVs in the home, and view digital photo slide shows on the television.

The ReplayTV Channel Guide, downloaded daily through a broadband connection, offers a grid-based list of shows that can be recorded at the touch of a button. The ReplayTV4000 has up to 320 hours of storage capacity.

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