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Record profits courtesy of EchoStar

TiVo was one of the first names in DVR technology and introduced many to the concept of not having to learn to program a VCR. DVRs are now ubiquitous devices that are so ingrained into our daily lives that many can't live without them.

TiVo has announced its financials for Q3 2008 ending October 31. Highlights for the quarter according to TiVo include $105 million in damages resulting from litigation with EchoStar. Net income for the quarter was $100.6 million compared to a new loss of $8.3 million the same quarter a year ago.

Other important TiVo events in the quarter that helped its record setting profits was partnering with Netflix on movie streaming, Comcast rolling out TiVo service to more markets and an extended distribution agreement with DirecTV. Extending the DirecTV agreement puts TiVo in partnerships with three of the top five TV distributors in America.

TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers said in a statement, "This was another solid quarter for TiVo, our fifth straight of Adjusted EBITDA profitability and we are well on our way to delivering our first Adjusted EBITDA positive year. Our strong balance sheet, consisting of over $200 million in cash and short term investments and no debt, along with our continued solid financial performance and the progress we have made on our strategic content and distribution relationships, positions us well for the future."

Service and technology revenues for the quarter were $51.7 million, a drop for Q3 2007 where TiVo raked in $58.3 million. EchoStar is the reason for record profits at TiVo. Had the EchoStar award not been received TiVo would have posted a loss of $0.9 million. TiVo says it added 44,000 subscriptions during the quarter compared to 69,000 gross additions a year ago.

Take away that large settlement and TiVo is losing ground not gaining, though some of that could be blamed on the economy.

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RE: Other DVRs?
By kkwst2 on 11/27/2008 8:41:49 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but you're spreading some misinformation.

The Tivo HD allows you to record HD channels directly using CableCard. It doesn't need to control a box. It has distinct advantages over the service provider DVR in many areas, including better software, better series recording, larger hard drive (which you can manually upgrade pretty easily), ability to back up programs to your computer, ability to put recorded programs on your laptop and watch them while on a trip, etc. The cost difference for me is negligible. The DVR fee for me is $15 which is about the same as the Tivo+cablecard monthly fees.

Recording HD on a HTPC can be problematic with cable. if you can run an antenna for network TV, then great. If you're dependent on cable for HD, unless you're buying a new TV with cablecard tuners (mucho bucks), you're stuck with QAM, which is variable and often problematic. Usually QAM only has network channels in HD, so if you want to record ESPN, etc. in HD then you're not going to be able to do it with a home-built HTPC.

I agree that a PC with an Xbox 360 and Tversity is a good extender. I use it and am pretty happy with it. However, it can't match the simplicity of a Tivo HD with cablecard.

RE: Other DVRs?
By Mitch101 on 11/28/2008 9:56:17 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the correction on the HD-Tivo abilities. The problem there is my cable company doesn't offer cablecard. Booo! I also tried to keep my post simple.

The conclusion I came to was that at $5.00 a month to have DVR service on Direct TV its cheaper per month than TIVO and didn't require me to purchase any special hardware. Even if I got a TIVO with lifetime sub of $300.00 it would take 5 years of use before it begins to pay for itself. Thats just the subscription not including the cost of buying the Tivo hardware. Direct Tv has given me my HD DVR for free. Granted I will have to return it if I am no longer a subscriber but that's fine. I should say that Tivo hardware can be re-sold so there is some return on investment.

My guess is if you have a movie sub and archive movies then it may pay for itself.

Truth be told there is no perfect solution all depends on your budget and or technical ability.

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