The whole home DVR feature is often viewed as one of the few tangible differentiators in a video service provider’s competitive tool box. After all, most video services look about the same, suffering from the famous ‘me too’ indictment, where new video entrants offer very little difference over established players.

Whole home DVR is a feature that service providers can use to differentiate themselves. Just ask AT&T. Whole home DVR is a cornerstone of their U-verse TV platform. That advantage is losing steam though, as competitors, including DirecTV, now offer the service.

DirecTV announced the nationwide availability of whole home DVR today. “We’ve created a connected whole-home service that is perfectly attuned to our customers viewing habits and lifestyles, delivering a DVR experience with maximum convenience and control,” said Romulo Pontual, CTO of DIRECTV. “The DIRECTV(R) Whole-Home DVR service truly enables customers to watch what they want, where they want and when they want it, by simply using a single HD DVR.”

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The MOCA powered DirecTV Whole Home DVR service is available for an additional $3 per month and allows subscribers to:

  • Access to a single, combined playlist of all of their recorded programs on any connected television in the home,
  • DVR controls in every room, including record, delete, pause and rewind functionality,
  • Stop a recorded show in one room and continue watching in a different room,
  • Manage DVR playlist from any connected room
  • Set separate parental controls for each TV
  • Watch recorded shows in HD in any connected room

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