November 09, 2004
SA Adds DVD-R Technology
Scientific Atlanta announced an agreement with Sonic to bundle their DVD authoring software with future Scientific Atlanta DVRs. In my mind, this is quickly becoming a "must have" feature in future DVRs as the cost of the DVD-R drives are driven lower. Who needs the hassle of having a DVD player for viewing movies and a VHS recorder for backing up content, when it can all be put in one unit at a small incremental price. With internal DVD-R drives now at retail for $60, it's a small additional price for DVR companies to add this functionality.
It's a "no brainer" except for the MPAA, of course.
Posted on November 09, 2004
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Chances are this will all be broadcast flagged up the whazoo since the vast majority of SA users are subscribers to cable rather than DIY customers. There's no way a box is going to be sold / given to a customer by the MSO if it allows for archiving digital copies of content at perfect quality.
TiVo is the first... the rest will quickly follow, or get replaced by someone willing to play by the MPAA rules. ;(
Posted by: Jonathan Greene at November 9, 2004 04:09 PM