After announcing the imminent demise of ReplayTV programming guide services last month, D&M Holdings has had a change of heart. And perhaps keeping the lights on is more cost effective than litigation… given what appears to be a small but passionate letter writing campaign. So while guide data, and associated DVR functionality, was expected to cease 7/31/2011, the company writes:
After the announced shutdown of the ReplayTV programming guide service, we have had many positive, enthusiastic comments about the ReplayTV DVR products and services. In light of this response, ReplayTV and its parent company Digital Networks North America, Inc. have decided to continue the electronic programming guide service pursuant to the terms of your service activation agreement. We thank you very much for all of your support and enthusiasm over the many years these products have been sold.
Meaning, for now, that ReplayTV or Showstopper “lifetime” service has been restored. I assume TiVo Series 1 customers in the UK are hoping for a similar turnaround after all declaring an end of TiVo “lifetime” service – and at least one jilted customer intends to drag TiVo into court. Long live the standard def, IR-blasting DVRs of yore!
(Thanks for the photo satpro and for the tip sparc!)