TiVo to Roll Out HD DVR

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TiVo announced the rollout of its TiVo Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder, billed as the first stand-alone TiVo digital-video recorder that is HD-compatible.

Available in mid-September, the Series3 HD box includes features such as Season Pass recordings and WishList searches. Dual tuners will also allow subscribers to record two different shows in HD at the same time, while watching a third pre-recorded show. Users may record up to 32 hours of HD programming, or up to 300 hours in standard-definition, and the new box features a new back-lit remote control.

The company said that later this year, the system will also support a new TiVoCast feature, allowing users to access content directly through a broadband connection.

The product will be sold for $799.99 at retail stores including select Best Buy, Circuit City Stores, Ultimate Electronics and Fry's locations, as well as online (www.tivo.com).

“With THX certification, the integrity of HD content won't be compromised,” THX chief of audio-visual architecture Michael Rudd said in a prepared statement. “Our collaboration with TiVo has resulted in a product that promises to capture, store and play back HDTV programs with the detail and clarity that is true to the original broadcast.”

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