TiVo Rolls Out New DVR

4/25/2006 10:16 AM Eastern

TiVo Inc. began selling a new “Series2 DT” digital-video recorder Tuesday, designed to allow cable subscribers to record two channels at the same time.

The DVR, priced at $99, allows basic-only cable subscribers to record two analog channels simultaneously. Digital-cable subscribers who connect their set-tops to the DVR will be able to record one digital channel and one analog channel at the same time.

TiVo is also developing a digital-cable-ready DVR that will contain a smart-card slot that subscribers can use to decrypt cable programming -- eliminating the need for a cable set-top -- if they lease a CableCARD from their local operator.

That product -- which won digital-cable-ready certification from Cable Television Laboratories Inc. earlier this month -- is expected to hit retail shelves by the end of 2006, a TiVo spokeswoman said.

The new Series2 DT DVR is also compatible with the TiVoToGo service for portable media players, and it contains Ethernet and universal-serial-bus ports that enable home networking.

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