June 21, 2011 by Rachel Cericola
Back in the day, TiVo and ReplayTV had quite a grudge match going. OK—not really. It was fleeting. However, both services managed to prevail, despite every cable and satellite provider branding their own type of DVR box.
Of course, TiVo pulled ahead, while ReplayTV sort of drifted into obscurity. Now the company is making headlines again, since both companies have decided to officially pull the plug on the service. According to the ReplayTV website:
“The ReplayTV Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) Service will be permanently discontinued on July 31, 2011. After this date, owners of ReplayTV DVR units will still be able to manually record analog TV programs, but will not have the benefit of access to the interactive program guide. Effective immediately, monthly billing for the ReplayTV service to remaining customers has been suspended.
“The industry conversion to HDTV is complete and ReplayTV DVRs are unable to take advantage of the wealth of HDTV programming. Please contact your service provider for current offerings.”
ReplayTV was founded in 1997. In 2003, D&M Holdings purchased the company, and exited the hardware business two years later. In 2007, D&M sold most of the company to DirecTV, but continued to supply the electronic program guide service.
According to Wikipedia, the first ReplayTV 2001 box was priced at $995 for 6 hours of storage and a lifetime ReplayTV service. That price jumped to $1,995 for ReplayTV 2001, and 26 hours of storage. Ah, memories. R.I.P. ReplayTV!
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