The service offers the ultimate level of control and convenience giving viewers the power to choose what they want to watch and when. The new device will be available to Showtime subscribers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE from 15 February, followed by other Gulf markets. The Showbox DVR offers subscribers a very different way of planning their television viewing.
Peter Einstein, President and CEO of Showtime commented, “I am very proud that Showtime is yet again leading the way in the region. As a provider of premium entertainment content we are now giving subscribers more choice about when to watch what they want. I am confident Showbox will change the way viewers watch TV forever.”
Showbox actually transforms the viewer’s relationship with their television set and friends and family. Einstein added, “Suddenly the phone ringing at a crucial point in a movie is not as big a deal as it used to be. And if you blink too hard and miss a scene, you can rewind and play it again, in slow motion if you like. And with the on screen TV guide completely integrated into the decoder, you can record an entire series at the push of a button –with not a tape in sight.”
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 which makes television entertainment fit into a lifestyle rather than the other way round.
Showtime has pushed the boundaries of personal TV with the power and simplicity of this new device. The power comes from the combination of advanced functionality and a simple user interface, which makes it intuitive to use. A much requested feature of the DVR is its ability to record one channel while viewing another.
In addition, Showbox is capable of going one step further and is capable of dual viewing on two separate television sets. In practical terms, this means you can watch two different programmes on two television sets in two rooms while still recording a third directly onto the hard drive.
And as the ShowBox DVR uses a hard disk to record from the original broadcast stream, all recordings will be the same digital quality and sound as live viewing and will offer an average of 40 hours worth of recording space.
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