Digital Video Recorder or DVR was first introduced in 1999 by ReplayTV and TiVo. The DVR allows you to record your TV shows, movies, and documentaries. Not only can you record your favorite shows but you can also rewind, fastforwwrd, and pause them. This invention was a revolution is the consumers TV watching expierence. TiVo was one of the initial companies to introduce the DVR. Created by Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay in 1998 TiVo was originally named "Teleworld". This device records digitized video onto a hard disk for a user to watch at their convience. TiVo became a household name in the years to come because of the revolutionary DVR technology. Freevo is an open source HTPC media centre. It is rather new and only created in 2002 by Kirster Lagerstrom. It integrates PVR/DVR functionality, is written in python, and is primarily aimed at the Linux platform.
The DVR was a revolutionary technology when it was introduced. Due to companies such as TiVo and ReplayTV the DVR became one of the most common devices found in American homes. Since then the DVR is still very common however it is almost soley bought through TiVo o a similar company because to buy a set-top DVR is difficault and time consuming to set up. With a Satellite or Cable subscription the DVR is much easier to get. TiVo became a household name very fast with the DVR invention. However, with the increase in streaming services such a Netflix, Hulu, and HBO less and less people pay for a cable and as such, less and less pay for TiVo. In order for TiVo to stay afloat they have turned their marketing towards an older generation with devices such a remote controls with larger fonts and buttons. Freevo is very new and has been ever changing and evolving since its first release in 2002. With new version dowloadables and a new App this company may be young but has recognized how important is to always be ahead of the curve when it comes to being a part of a Technological field.
All in all the DVR was an instrumental technoligical development for the entertainment industry. The technology behind is still useful today and is being is the foundation for many more advancements within television watching and entertainment in gerneral. ReplayTV and TiVo created a service that transcended economic and social boundries and brought many family and friends together. TiVo was the creator of a revolutionary device, However if they are not able to keep advancing their technology and find more products and services to invest in they will not be around much longer. There is talk of TiVo's interest in a new over-the-air digital broadcasting standard. If rumors are true this could create a new opening for TiVo in the ever changing technological landscape. Freevo is hitting 17 years old in May. Closing in on their 20 year mark, all the advancements and innovation their company has already seen shows promise for their future. A successful launch of their new App opens a world of opportunties for them including a new and larger customer base. Freevo's pairing of streaming services and DVR technology sets them apart from other services and will bode well for them in the future.
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