In order to drive more market share TiVo licenses a basic TiVo service for free and hopes that consumers then upgrade to their standard service offering.
Consumers purchasing devices with the ability to receive the TiVo Basic service will get limited DVR functionality such as pausing live TV, record from guide, manual repeat recording by time and date, and 3 days of program guide data. The basic service will not include the service features that have made TiVo so popular with its subscribers, such as Season Pass™, WishList™ and Search by Title. Easy upgrade and no obligation free trial will give consumers easy access to these much-loved TiVo service features.
TiVo licensee Toshiba is the first to announce an integrated product with the TiVo Basic service included. Toshiba's SD-H400 integrated DVD with TiVo is expected to be available at retail this fall.
As a DVD player, the Toshiba SD-H400 offers superlative DVD-video performance. Equipped with a 10bit/54mHz Video D/A converter, the SD-H400 offers maximum color purity, detail and resolution. When connected to a television via the ColorStream Pro Component Video Outputs, consumers can enjoy Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive technology when viewing either DVD or TiVo DVR playback. The SD-H400 can also playback DVD-R and RW, Video CD, CD, CD-R and RW as well as MP3s.
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