Recently it seems that satellite TV provider DirecTV accidentally released some information about the DirecTiVo, which used to exist, went away, and then was brought back, but has been “in the works” for around three years now. Users over at the DBSTalk forums began reporting that the DirecTiVo briefly appeared as available for purchase on the DirecTV website for sale at $99.
According to the reports, the user interface looked more like the old TiVo HD as opposed the newer Premier. That makes sense since the thing has been in development for so darn long. Not much else is known, but I would assume it will contain the standard two-tuner hardware and not much of any ground-breaking features.
I had the original DirecTiVo and loved it, but had to replace it to move on to HD TV. The HR-23 box is far from terrible, and actually is pretty good, especially compared to other cable DVR’s. It has home networking capability, a 500 GB drive, and USB and eSATA ports that allow for additional external drives. That said, I am sentimental for the old TiVo UI and if the hardware is comparable to the HR-23 then I will be plunking down my $99 for the new DirecTiVo.