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Friday, September 12, 2008

Here come the IPTV multi-room DVR solutions

AT&T is finally getting its multi-room DVR feature deployed, according to The Wall Street Journal. The service is currently available in San Francisco and some surrounding areas, but it expected to be available nationwide by year-end. As many as four TVs can be watching recorded programming simultaneously (thanks to AT&T's support for four tuners on the set-top box). The Journal article only noted Verizon, DISH Network (only supporting two TVs), and DirecTV (planning to launch in a few months) as the other multi-room options today. I would think that the cable guys would need to pick up the pace.

Entone is announcing a multi-room DVR at IBC. The Janus™ IP Video Gateway can distribute video to other television sets in the home over a variety of in-home networking options including coax, Ethernet, phone lines, powerline, and wireless (802.11n).

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