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    God's Machine  
    A brief examination of DVRs in Canada  
   

March 2005 - IGB Grant +1 514 849 3508
& Brian Sharwood +1 416 413 9381

 

 
    KEY HIGHLIGHTS:  
 

  • The Digital Video Recorder is revolutionizing television entertainment – not in the studio, or the broadcast booth, but in the living room. The devices are changing the connection between programme and viewer. DVRs let you pause live TV. You can record and rewind any programme. And the interface is understandable: truly revolutionary.
  • The technology is only now arriving in Canada – we lag the U.S significantly. Without TiVo, the market driver and innovator in the United States, DVR technology was slow to arrive; but companies like Rogers, Shaw, Videotron, Bell ExpressVu, and others have brought it to Canada
    through their suppliers like Scientific Atlanta, Motorola and Echostar and soon Pace Technologies. We note that the Canadian offerings are not, for the most part, as feature-rich as those available south of the border. We ascribe the reason to the absence of a trend-setter in this market – we
    have no TiVo to compare against.
  • Bell Canada's ExpressVu satellite television service was the first to release a DVR product to Canadian consumers. ExpressVu has the largest DVR market share in the Canadian market. Our favourites? The Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000, offered by Rogers and by Videotron, which rents for $20/month is our pick in the Canadian market. SeaBoard researchers also liked Motorola DCT 6412, offered by Shaw, but found it priced and marketed out of the range of most consumers.
  • TiVo remains, to our mind, the gold standard in DVR service. We acknowledge that TiVo alternatives are getting better; the technology and user-interfaces are going through rapid developments and improvements. But the TiVo’s online programming capabilities, homenetworking
    functionality and predictive recording capabilities are still unmatched – and at US$99, the price is hard to beat.
  • Do-it-yourself PVR solutions, such as SageTV, ShowShifter and BitTorrent, present a threat to the satellite, cable and broadcasting industries. The presence of such a threat should be an inspiration to Canadian service providers DVRs change the very nature of the service – in a way that deepens and broadens the attractiveness of video services; DVR-enhancements can assist in securing today’s service-provider’s relationships with their customers, and DVRs also offer opportunities to develop new advertising and marketing channel revenue: a compelling reason to launch a service, no?
 
   

 

 

 

   


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