DirecTV launches whole-home DVR service for $3 per month

Summary:Those of us who can't watch a show they recorded on their downstairs DVR when they're going to bed upstairs later now have reason to be a little more jealous of DirecTV customers. That's because the satellite TV provider is now offering whole-home DVR service for a fairly modest $3 monthly charge.

Those of us who can't watch a show they recorded on their downstairs DVR when they're going to bed upstairs later now have reason to be a little more jealous of DirecTV customers. That's because the satellite TV provider is now offering whole-home DVR service for a fairly modest $3 monthly charge.

The new service lets you record a pair of shows while you're watching two other ones, and for McMansion-owning TV hoarders, you can watch a show in up to 15 different rooms. Of course, you can do the things you expect from a whole-home DVR, like pausing a show in one room and resuming watching in another one, or being able to record a show from any TV.

In addition to paying the monthly $3 fee, you do need to pay for HD access ($10 per month) and DVR service ($7 per month), but you probably already have that unless you're on a tight budget. (It's similarly priced as the Verizon FiOS Home Media DVR for $19.95 per month.) I'd pay three bucks per month for this service in my own home if my cable provider offered it—would you?

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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