Adelphia Rolls out Digital Video Recorder Service; Comcast, Which Provides Cable to about 250,000 N. Florida Customers, Will Also Offer DVR

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Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union

Adelphia Communications, which provides cable television service to 29,000 customers in the Yulee and Brunswick, Ga., markets, is offering a digital video recorder service that allows viewers to pause live shows and store up to 50 hours of programming.

The service, which is available for digital cable customers, functions like the popular TiVo recording device that consumers can buy and attach to their television equipment. But the digital video recorder, or DVR, is included as part of the digital receiver that cable customers use to receive digital service.

"We call it the one-box solution," said Kathy Stewart, area vice president for Adelphia's Yulee-Brunswick market.

Digital customers who sign up for DVR service will have to replace their current receiver with the new all-in-one box. After installation of the new box, customers will have to pay a $25 activation fee, and a monthly $4.45 equipment lease charge for the DVR. There is also a monthly $4.95 DVR service charge, but that fee is waived for customers who subscribe to any of Adelphia's digital service packages.

With DVR service, customers can record one program and watch another at the same time, record two programs and play back a third, pause live shows for as long as one hour and use instant replay to watch something they just viewed seconds earlier. …


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