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DirecTV Plans Broadband VOD Service

Alan Breznick
2/23/2006

DirecTV has an intriguing idea. Seeking to nullify cable's technological edge in video-on-demand (VOD), the satellite TV leader plans to launch a "broadband VOD" service with a new breed of digital video recorders (DVRs) next fall. The planned service, unveiled by DirecTV officials Wed., would allow subscribers to order and download movies to their DVRs through their own high-speed data links, no matter whether they have cable modems, DSL lines or other broadband connections. Customers would have to get the upcoming HD versions of the DirecTV Plus DVR receivers, which are designed to act as home media centers by integrating and organizing video pictures and data signals.

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