DirecTV and Thomson Ink Deal To Make Hardware For Satellite Services 
Home Theater News Cable-Satellite Receiver-DVR-PVR News
Written by Jerry Del Colliano   
Friday, 14 May 2004

The DirecTV Group Inc., Hughes Network Systems Inc. and Thomson announced a long-term agreement that will provide the recently acquired DirecTV satellite TV and internet system with new set-top hardware.

This announcement comes as Hughes recently released a tiny allotment of the highly sought after HDTV TiVo digital video recorders. Sources inside the consumer electronics retail market say the number of units released was as little as 4,000 units and all have been snatched up by hardcore home theater and HDTV enthusiasts who preorded the units months in advance.

No mention of TiVo was made in the Thomson press release. Hughes has been making affordable set-top digital video recorders with TiVo service for DirecTV for more than a year now. Rumors have News Corporation considering ending their relationship with TiVo over time despite TiVo owning the brand identity for digital video recording of television, much like Xerox’s name is synonymous with photocopying.

Another industry trend is that satellite providers are making moves to provide their clients with the hardware they need to receive TV and satellite signals, while digital cable providers are allowing more and more equipment manufacturers to build digital cable receivers. Sony plans to release a number of feature laden digital cable receivers this summer.

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