Cable television company, Cox Communications, plans to offer multi-room viewing option for DVR customers. This new offering will allow viewing of recorded DVR content throughout the home, in both standard and high-definition.
The device contains a larger hard drive that allows customers to record and store more of their favorite shows. In addition to the increased capacity, the DVR will use Cox’s next generation guide, which includes new personalization and search options as well as interactive features.
“We have been testing multi-room viewing in our labs and are confident that our customers will love the additional convenience and functionality it offers,” said Steve Necessary, vice president of video strategy and product management.
Multi-room DVR viewing provides users with the ability to watch content that is recorded on one DVR in the home on other non-DVR receivers in the home. In addition, customers will have full trick functionality – pause, fast forward, and rewind – on recorded content while watching from any receiver.
Communication between the DVR and non-DVR receiver(s) will take place using MoCA (Multimedia Over Cable Alliance) home networking technology. The technology allows Cox to transform current in-home wiring into the equivalent of an Ethernet network so that receivers can connect to one another.
“Multi-room viewing will not replace the option for multiple stand alone DVR units in a home. It’s an addition to our product line, allowing customers the opportunity to decide which option best fits their needs,” says Necessary.
Multi-room viewing will launch later this year.