SonicBlue melds DVD with DVR player

Summary:Consumer electronics maker Sonicblue is hoping to fast-forward its digital video recorder strategy by adding DVD playback to its machines and creating a new low-cost lineup. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company announced the additions to its ReplayTV digital video recorders (DVRs) on Thursday. DVRs are similar to VCRs. But instead of recording TV shows to tape, DVRs store them on a hard drive. The devices can also pause live TV shows. The new recorders, which are set to hit the market in the second half of the year, will be similar to the ReplayTV 4000 machines but will have smaller hard drives and will feature DVD playback. Sonicblue CEO Ken Potashner wouldn't specify the price of the low-end machines but asserted that they will be below any DVR currently on the market. Philips, for example, sells a DVR with TiVo's service for $199. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News

Consumer electronics maker Sonicblue is hoping to fast-forward its digital video recorder strategy by adding DVD playback to its machines and creating a new low-cost lineup.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company announced the additions to its ReplayTV digital video recorders (DVRs) on Thursday.

DVRs are similar to VCRs. But instead of recording TV shows to tape, DVRs store them on a hard drive. The devices can also pause live TV shows.

The new recorders, which are set to hit the market in the second half of the year, will be similar to the ReplayTV 4000 machines but will have smaller hard drives and will feature DVD playback. Sonicblue CEO Ken Potashner wouldn't specify the price of the low-end machines but asserted that they will be below any DVR currently on the market. Philips, for example, sells a DVR with TiVo's service for $199. -- Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News

Topics: Hardware

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