DirecTV buys ReplayTV

I’m very disappointed that DirecTV bought ReplayTV. Earlier this year DirecTV announced that in January 2008 they were going to upgrade the ancient TiVo software in the DVRs they used to sell. I took that as a sign they were going to start a new alliance with TiVo and possibly bring TiVo back to DirecTV. I appears that was done just to fulfill a contractual obligation.

Now, you might be asking what the heck ReplayTV is. It was the first company to bring a DVR to market. I even participated in the beta test for this product, and bought one as soon as they came out. I used it until they filed for bankruptcy. I bought a TiVo that very day. ReplayTV eventually came out of bankruptcy, and continued, but after getting the TiVo I ever looked back.

What does this mean for Dish Network? No telling. TiVO won a jury verdict against EchoStar (Dish’s parent company) and is forcing Dish to stop selling it’s DVR boxes.

I love my TiVo, but currently use the Dish Network DVR on the “main TV” because it has two tuners (one of them can be used with a remote in another room). The TiVo still chugs along in the rec room.

I really like the user interface for TiVo. It’s well laid out, and is easy to use. I can’t wait to replace that Dish Network DVR… the interface on it really stinks.

Do you use a TiVo, ReplayTV, MythTV, or other DVR? Do you like it?

Dish Network Video On Demand to feature LOST Special for free

Just got info on the following:

EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network(TM) 
satellite TV service today announced that it will feature half-hour promotional
specials of "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" designed to
help viewers follow the storylines on these popular series on its Video On Demand
platform, DISH On Demand. 

The following specials will be available free of charge beginning today through
Wednesday, Oct. 4, for DISH Network customers with a 622 or 625 receiver:

-- "Grey's Anatomy - Getting Into Grey's Anatomy"

-- "The Lost Survival Guide"

-- "Desperate Housewives: Time to Come Clean"

To order any of these shows, customers simply need to press the "DVR" button
on their remote and select "TV Entertainment" from the menu screen, select the
program they watch from the menu, and select "Start" to begin viewing.