|SONICblue Launches ReplayTV 5000 Series Digital Video Recorder|
|Home Theater News Cable-Satellite Receiver-DVR-PVR News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 24 October 2002|
SONICblue Incorporated announced the launch of the ReplayTV 5000 digital video recorder (DVR) series, the next generation of their ReplayTV product line. SONICblue's ReplayTV 5000 series offers consumers unique DVR functionality, including Commercial Advance which affords users the choice to playback recorded shows without advertisements.
TV Networks and movie studios have been less than enthused with SONICBlue’s aggressive technological advances with ReplayTV but powered by the commercial acceptance of DVRs mainly in the form of TiVo, the market may have room for another player with ReplayTV.
SONICblue's ReplayTV allows users to store up to 320 hours of television or other media content, to choose to playback recorded programs without commercials, to stream programming to other ReplayTV devices within the home and to share content with friends and family members who own a ReplayTV*. In addition, the ReplayTV 5000 offers users two methods of downloading updated channel guide information, either via a standard phone line or via a broadband home network, ensuring that the device will grow with users as home networking becomes more prevalent.
Models and Availability
SONICblue's ReplayTV 5000 series consists of several models offering a variety of recording capacities and features. The ReplayTV 5040, 5080, 5160 and 5320 models offer 40, 80, 160 and 320-hour storage capacities respectively. The ReplayTV 5040, 5080 and 5160 are available now in retailers throughout the country including Circuit City, Best Buy, Good Guys, Amazon, The Wiz and Tweeter, as well as on SONICblue's eStore. The ReplayTV 5320 will be available in early 2003 in similar retail outlets nationwide.
Pricing and Capacity
The ReplayTV 5000 series consists of:
ReplayTV 5040 - Up to 40 hours of recording capacity for $299.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of $249.99
ReplayTV 5080 - Up to 80 hours of recording capacity for $399.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of $349.99
|ReplayTV 5160 - Up to 160 hours of recording capacity for $499.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of $449.99
ReplayTV 5320 - Up to 320 hours of recording capacity for $899.99 (MSRP), coming early 2003.
In addition, consumers must choose either a $9.95 monthly fee, the lowest service fee of any DVR on the market, or a one-time service activation fee of $250 for each new ReplayTV 5000 product purchased. All ReplayTV 5000 models are compatible with cable, satellite and antenna programming feeds.