Digital video recording pioneer ReplayTV plans to announce on Monday it will start selling software to allow personal computers to tune in and record live television next year in a deal with Hauppauge Digital’s Hauppauge Computer Works.
A company spokeswoman said ReplayTV will complete its transformation from a hardware manufacturer to a DVR software and services provider with the sale of all remaining 5500 Series DVR models, probably by the end of 2005.
I’ve suspected this for a while now. DNNA gutted ReplayTV of most of the engineering staff and stopped developing any new hardware a couple of years ago. Software development for the hardware platform also dried up over a year ago. It looks like they’ve basically written new PC based software that they’ll be marketing under the ReplayTV brand. I doubt it uses much, if any, of the code from the units since that ran on specialized hardware and an embedded real-time OS. Running as a Windows application is a different environment all-together. And they’re entering a market already filled with successful products, not to mention the 800 pound Gorilla that is Windows Media Center Edition. I can’t see them being too successful, but the name may help a bit.