Showtime promises more user control with Showbox DVR

Showtime has introduced the latest generation of smart technology with the launch of its new decoder: the ShowBox DVR.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  March 11, 2006

Showtime has introduced the latest generation of smart technology with the launch of its new decoder: the ShowBox DVR. The service offers viewers greater control to choose what they want to watch and when. The new device has been made available to Showtime subscribers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE from February 15 onwards. The Showbox DVR offers subscribers a very different way of planning their television viewing. “We are now giving subscribers more choice about when to watch what they want,” says Peter Einstein, president and CEO of Showtime. “Suddenly the phone ringing at a crucial point in a movie is no more a big deal. You can also play a scene in slow motion if you like! Also, the on screen TV guide is completely integrated into the decoder, so you can record an entire series at the push of a button - with not a tape in sight,” Einstein adds. Based on advanced technology which encompasses a hard disc and an integrated on screen TV guide (the EPG), Showbox is the region’s first DVR service and fits into a lifestyle rather than the other way round, says Showtime. The new device offers both advanced functionality as well as a simple user interface. Showbox is capable of dual viewing on two separate television sets. This means a user can watch two different programmes on two television sets in two rooms while still recording a third directly onto the hard drive.

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