Telstra to launch TiVO rival

Telstra is set to launch its own digital video recording system to rival TiVO and Foxtel iQ after the non competition agreement between the two parties expired last month.

Telstra is set to launch its own digital video recording system to rival TiVO and Foxtel iQ after the non competition agreement between the two parties expired last month.

Reports in today’s Australian cite Telstra sources as pitching the service as a “TiVO killer” and suggesting that Telstra is also likely to offer its broadband internet customers streamed TV programs and BigPond movie downloads that can be played on a computer or TV.

It is expected the new set top box will be given to new broadband customers as a free part of their service with the new service expected to roll out as early as the first quarter of 2009.

The Australian’s unnamed source was quoted as saying:

“BigPond is planning on launching a digital video recorder with two TV tuners, an electronic program guide and broadband content including streaming TV and BigPond movie downloads as early as the first quarter of next year,”

The new set top boxes would allow users to record shows, time shift programs and download content. The boxes are expected to cost less than $200.

Source: The Australian IT



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