The CES Report - Video Recording Trends
Of course, when you think of HDD, the first thing that comes to mind is TiVo. Toshiba's Digital Media Server, the first fruit of a recently signed licensing agreement with TiVo, will be a DVD player/TiVo combo, or "DVD/DVR product," that will debut in the second half of 2003. Unlike the other products in this category, the digital Media Server will have the coveted TiVo program guide function (unlike the other products in this category, the guide comes with a fee).
As the cable companies begin to provide time-shifting and other PVR-like functions via video-on-demand services, the satellite providers con-tinue to embrace HDD, and look forward to HDTV-capable HDD.
TiVo and DIRECTV plan to introduce a DIRECTV HDTV DVR by the end of 2003. It's exactly as it sounds: a DIRECTV HDTV/standard-definition receiver with a TiVo-powered HDD. Manufacturers and pricing are to be announced. For standard definition, DIRECTV also announced new DIRECTV DVRs with TiVo service from Philips and Samsung, to ship this spring at $199.