Up until now, if you wanted to watch a program in your bedroom that you recorded with your living room DVR, you were out of luck, at least with DirecTV. But with the launch of DirecTV's Whole-Home DVR service, you can do exactly that.
"We’ve created a connected whole-home service that is perfectly attuned to our customers viewing habits and lifestyles, delivering a DVR experience with maximum convenience and control," said Romulo Pontual, CTO of DirecTV. "The DirecTV® Whole-Home DVR service truly enables customers to watch what they want, where they want and when they want it, by simply using a single HD DVR."
The service runs $3/month, and for that you're able to record and watch shows in up to 15 rooms with a single HD DVR. That means if you record a movie in one room, you can pick up where you left off in another room with a standard receiver. What's more, you can control the DVR from any DTV receiver in your home, including record, delete, pause, and rewind functionality.
In connection with the transaction, approximately 530 members of AMD's dedicated DTV team, in addition to certain employees directly supporting this team, located in six primary design centers around the world, will be invited to join Broadcom. AMD's DTV product line includes all Xilleon integrated DTV processors and complete turnkey reference designs, as well as NXT receiver ICs, the Theater 300 DTV processor, and a line of panel processors that perform advanced motion compensation, frame rate conversion and scaling.
The acquisition of the former ATI DTV business looks like a win for both sides, according to analysts quoted by eWeek. Broadcom expands its already-impressive chipset portfolio (which is already way beyond the communication chips that inspired the company's name), while AMD is able to further concentrate on x86 processors and GPUs. Can Broadcom make it work, when AMD couldn't? According to EDN's Suzanne Deffree, "Broadcom is stellar at integrating in acquired companies. Its M&A skills are a big part of what have built the company into the top industry player it is today."
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