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ReplayTV
Type Subsidiary of Digital Networks North America, Inc.
Founded 1997
Headquarters Santa Clara, California
Industry Video equipment
Products ReplayTV personal video recorders
Website www.replaytv.com

ReplayTV is a brand of digital video recorder (DVR), a term synonymous with personal video recorder (PVR). It is a consumer video device which allows users to capture television programming to internal hard disk storage for later viewing (sometimes called time shifting). Image File history File links ReplayTV_logo. ... In business, a subsidiary is a company controlled by another company or corporation. ... Official website: http://www. ... Foxtel IQ, a digital video recorder and a digital cable set-top box. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... Foxtel IQ, a digital video recorder and a digital cable set-top box. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... Time shifting is the recording of television shows to some storage medium to be viewed at a time convenient to the consumer. ...

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History

ReplayTV was founded in 1997 and purchased by SONICblue in 2001. On March 23, 2003 SONICblue filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and on April 16 sold most of its assets, including ReplayTV, to the Japanese electronics giant D&M Holdings. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chapter 11 is a chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code which governs the process of reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of a individuals or organizations to pay their... April 16 is the 106th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (107th in leap years). ... D&M Holdings (TYO: 6735) is a Japanese corporation that owns several audio and video brands. ...


Operation

ReplayTV service is only available in the United States via its subscription program. Through the subscription service, searchable program guides are downloaded to the ReplayTV unit nightly. Older units were only able to accomplish this download via a dial-up connection. Newer units are also capable of downloading program guides via the user's existing internet connection (broadband or DSL), as well as via the dial-up connection. In telecommunication, the term dial-up has the following meanings: Dial-up access, typically to the Internet A service feature in which a user initiates service on a previously arranged trunk or transfers, without human intervention, from an active trunk to a standby trunk. ... Broadband in telecommunications is a term which refers to a signaling method which includes or handles a relatively wide range of frequencies which may be divided into channels or frequency bins. ... A DSL Modem DSL or xDSL, is a family of technologies that provide digital data transmission over the wires of a local telephone network. ...


Like other PVRs, ReplayTV allows the users to record television programs. The subscription service is operated on a monthly fee, or one time payment, lifetime subscription. Each individual unit requires a separate subscription. Older units, like the 2000 and 3000 series, did not require monthly subscription fees, and those units that are still in operation continue to receive programming data without a subscription. The price of the original ReplayTV units was higher than comparable TiVo units by approximately the same amount as TiVo's lifetime subscription, so a lifetime subscription was essentially priced into the units. TiVo (pronounced tee-voh, IPA: ) is a popular brand of digital video recorder (DVR) in the United States. ...


Hardware and features

The "4000 Series" and "5000 Series" ReplayTV units have ethernet connections that allow the user to stream shows to another similar ReplayTV unit within the same local network, transfer shows to another similar ReplayTV unit (either on the local network or across the internet) or to a personal computer. This capability enables the users to move recorded programs to PCs using third-party programs. These units also have the capability to automatically skip commercial advertisements during playback; this feature, though not 100% perfect, led to a lawsuit against the company. Recording of television programs can be accomplished either manually, or through use of the program guide. Ethernet is a large and diverse family of frame-based computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs). ...


The most recent "5500 Series" ReplayTV units still have the ability to stream shows to another similar ReplayTV unit within the same local network, but can no longer transfer shows to other ReplayTV units across the internet. The "5500 Series" units have also had the automatic commercial advance feature removed in favor of a manual "Show|Nav" feature. The units are otherwise identical to the "5000 Series" units.


Models

Below are current 2005 products with list prices: (discounted prices from retailers or ReplayTV's own online store are commonly available) 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • ReplayTV RTV5504 40-Hour Digital Video Recorder ($149.99)
  • ReplayTV RTV5508 80-Hour Digital Video Recorder ($299.99)
  • ReplayTV RTV5516 160-Hour Digital Video Recorder ($449.99)
  • ReplayTV RTV5532 320-Hour Digital Video Recorder ($799.99)


On December 19th, 2005, Digital Networks North America announced that it is exiting the hardware business as soon as current inventory is sold out. ReplayTV will then concentrate on PC software sales of its DVR technology in a partnership with Hauppauge Computer Works, a manufacturer of Television cards for PCs. [1]


Subscription

The ReplayTV subscription has two different options, a monthly recurring charge of $12.95, or one-time activation of $299. Subscriptions for additional units are $6.95 a month. No matter how long you've been paying the monthly fees you can't get a discount for upgrading to the lifetime service even though there are no new features and the PC edition customers get the same service for less than $20 per year.


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DVR, DVR Software (273 words)
ReplayTV PC Edition is designed to help you experience the most from TV.
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EFF: Newmark, et al., v. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. et al. (1588 words)
They asked the court to rule that using their ReplayTVs to skip commercials, record shows for later viewing, and send shows is fair use, not copyright infringement.
In their lawsuits against the ReplayTV's creators, the studios asked the court to overturn the Supreme Court's Sony Betamax ruling, which found that new technologies that interact with copyrighted works can't be outlawed by copyright law if they are capable of substantial non-copyright-infringing uses.
It ruled that there was no longer a live issue between the studios and the five original ReplayTV owners because of the studios' promise not to sue them, and because the studios' lawsuit against the former owner of ReplayTV had been dismissed.
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