Satellite giant DirecTV told research firm Sanford C. Bernstein that it would push back the launch of its new high-definition digital video recorder, dubbed the HR20, until this fall, according to a report in Forbes yesterday. The delay is the latest in a long line stretching back to the spring of this year. The company has continued adding local HDTV channels to its satellite broadcasts in numerous major markets, but until its new DVR becomes available, the only way to watch those broadcasts is live, via the nonrecording H20. And I don't know about you, but like most DVR owners, I hate to watch live TV. (Although DirecTV's can receive over-the-air high-def, it can't tune those local channels via satellite or any new high-def MPEG-4 channels the satellite broadcaster will add in the future.)
The report mentioned that many DirecTV customers were holding out for the new DVR before making the leap to high-def. With the news of this delay, I wouldn't be surprised to see some of those customers lose their patience and defect to cable or to Dish Network, which has hadon the market since February, to get their HD fix.
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