08.21.2006 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Verizon unveils home media DVR for FiOS TV service
Verizon has introduced a multi-room DVR for its FiOS TV service that enables up to three simultaneous viewings of programs recorded by the device. The DVR works without a home network.
In the multi-room DVR configuration, Verizon's DVR set-top box (the Motorola QIP6416) functions as a media hub, which records and streams the video. The remote terminals are its SD set-top boxes (the Motorola QIP2500).
To watch recorded programs on the media hub and up to two remote terminals simultaneously, customers pull down the menu, click “recorded TV” to find and select their program, and then press “play.” The media hub also functions as a dual-tuner DVR on which viewers can watch one program while recording another.
The DVR is bundled with software and technology built into the FiOS platform that allows users to access photos and music from a personal computer and play the media on a home entertainment center, the company said.
Verizon's Home Media DVR is $19.95 per month. Subscribers also need a $3.95-per-month SD set-top box for each TV that will receive recorded video from the media hub.