ReplayTV to launch TV recording software for PCs

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.

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