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Apr 22, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Starz on Demand VCR functions catching on
Early trials of Starz on Demand’s subscription video-on-demand service indicate that viewers like being able to use the VCR-like functions it offers. Subscribers use the pause function during about 90 percent of the Starz on Demand programs they view, said Greg DePrez, VP of subscription VOD at Starz Encore Group, at the Kagan VOD Summit panel in New York last week. Fast forward is used in 36 percent of sessions, and rewind is used 23 percent of the time.
TiVo’s new PVR offered through Best Buy
TiVo announced that its next-generation personal video recorder, the TiVo Series2, is available exclusively at Best Buy. The device sells for $399.99, and customers can get in-home installation for $99.99. The TiVo Series2 can store up to 60 hours of programming.
SeaChange moves ahead with PVR functions
SeaChange International is offering personal video recording functions such as fast forward and rewind with its video-on-demand system. Adelphia Communications, which tested the PVR capabilities in Buffalo Sabres hockey games earlier this month, will use the features when it adds sports on demand to its lineup.