updated 02:55 pm EDT, Mon August 14, 2006
Verizon DVR Technology
Compared to most Internet users in North America, customers of Verizon's FIOS fiber-optic Internet access have a surplus of bandwidth - so much so that the company can place IP-based TV on the same line without much strain. The challenge for Verizon has been to convince users they should subscribe to both services; Internet users frequently stay with their existing TV providers. The goal may have just been met in the form of Verizon's new Home Media DVR service. Starting Wednesday, subscribers to IPTV will be able to record up to two HD-quality channels at once and play them back on as many as three receivers at the same time. The technology streams data through co-axial cable in the house and can also accept streaming of photos and music from PCs. The additional $20 per month for DVR services could well be worthwhile for HDTV supporters who want more flexibility in their viewing than they've had in the past.