|ReplayTV 4000 Series Ships Despite Major TV Network Lawsuit|
|Home Theater News Cable-Satellite Receiver-DVR-PVR News|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Wednesday, 28 November 2001|
SONICBlue, the parent company behind PVR (personal video recorder) manufacturer ReplayTV, says it is now shipping their controversial 4000 series recorders despite a law suit from a few of the major TV studios. This summer the ReplayTV 4000 won an Emmy award for technological advancement but this fall was slapped with a suit over their products ability to exactly fast forward through commercial breaks.
"The ReplayTV 4000 is so good the networks don't want consumers to have it," said Ken Potashner, CEO and chairman, SONICBlue. "It is ironic that the entertainment industry presented us with an Emmy Award for the advancement of television, and a couple of months later decided that we may have advanced it too much. The lawsuits are another attempt by the entertainment industry to control the living room (copy protection in DVD-Audio is another). SONICBlue provides technology that gives consumers choices regarding how they enjoy television in their home; we believe consumers should have the power to make this choice, and we will work diligently to protect their interests."
SONICblue's new ReplayTV series is available in four models: ReplayTV 4040 with up to 40 hours of storage for $699; ReplayTV 4080 with up to 80 hours of storage for $999; ReplayTV 4160 with up to 160 hours of storage for $1,499; and the ReplayTV 4320 with up to 320 hours of storage for $1,999.
The ReplayTV are sold direct 4040, 4080, 4160 and 4320 and can be ordered from www.replaytv.com or by calling 1-877-ReplayTV.