Set-Top-Box Lexicon: DVRs of All Types

CIMM's Set-Top-Box Data Lexicon is a compilation of terms and definitions associated with Set-Top Box data and its measurement. This Word-A-Week column highlights a term and definition from the Lexicon to help forge a common language for Set-Top Box data usage and expedite the roll-out of the data for its many industry applications. 

Continuing on last week's theme of PVRs and DVRs, we now take a look at the range of DVRs available in the market today from those that are self contained boxes within the home (such as the TIVO box) to others that are accessed via the Set-Top Box or through a remote server.

Here is a list of all types of DVRs currently available along with their definitions:

DVR Viewing Through A Standalone

See also: DVR

CIMM DEFINITION : DVR Standalones are self contained digital recorders that compress multiple facilities into a standalone single box. An example is a TIVO box. 



2 : Standalone also refers to units that are not acquired through an operator and can be used with different signal sources. (Source: TIVO) 

DVR Viewing Through Remote Server

See also: DVR, Digital Video Server

CIMM DEFINITION : DVRs located on a remote server which stores all recorded content remotely by the operator or service provider. These DVRs have all the functionality and flexibility of a DVR box or a DVR in a Set-Top Box without the in-home DVR hardware.  

NOTE - Currently offered by MSO Cablevision.

DVR Viewing Through STB

See also: DVR

CIMM DEFINITION : DVR capability available through a Set-Top Box. Subscribers to the DVR service are able to record video that can be viewed at a later time either linearly or with trick play.

Please refer to the CIMM Lexicon online at for additional information on these and other terms.

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