Sonicblue to acquire ReplayTV

Sonicblue is best known for its Rio brand of MP3 digital music players. The company also offers home networking and Internet access products. Adding ReplayTV gets Sonicblue into digital video and helps round out its digital media offerings, says Andy Wolfe, chief technical officer.

The two companies make a good match, Wolfe says. "ReplayTV changed the way people watch TV, the way Rio changed the way people listen to music," he says.

Expected to replace VCRs over time, technologies such as ReplayTV's digital video recording captures television broadcasts onto a hard drive instead of videotape. Because it records shows digitally, Replay TV lets you pause, rewind, and replay live television instantly. The technology also makes it easier to find and record your favourite shows using a free service that keeps track of current listings. (TiVo charges for its service.) Originally, ReplayTV offered its own hardware, but late last year amid a financial crunch, the company switched to purely licensing its technology to other vendors and service providers, Wolfe says. Panasonic was first to license the technology and service from ReplayTV. Its player is called the ShowStopper, and the first version offered 30 hours of recording time.

Today's stand-alone boxes that digitally record television shows are just the start for ReplayTV, Wolfe says. In the future, the technology will appear in other types of hardware, including cable and satellite TV boxes, and be built into TVs, he says.

In the meantime, current ReplayTV customers have nothing to fear, Wolfe says. Service will continue as usual as the two companies finalise the purchase and Sonicblue integrates the ReplayTV service and employees.

Building a digital empire

In addition to the ReplayTV deal, Sonicblue announced a "definitive agreement" in its pending acquisition of Sensory Science. The deal will bring Sensory Science's own long list of digital products under the Sonicblue umbrella, he says.

Those products include Go Video digital consumer products, California Audio Labs products, and Rave-branded MP3 players.

Whereas the ReplayTV purchase is more of a technology deal, Sensory Science is more about real consumer electronic products, he says. The company has much experience shipping hardware, sourcing equipment and services, and testing and repairs. Its products reside in both the mainstream and the high end, he says.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tom Mainelli

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?