SAM'S Club to Sell DVR & DVD Recorders with TiVo
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 13 - From top- rated reality shows to syndicated sitcoms, SAM'S CLUB members can now find and record their favorite television programs using the popular TiVo® digital video recording (DVR) service. The retailer today announced it has teamed up with Humax and TiVo to sell its recorders in 300 clubs by early August, with future plans to expand availability and deepen product selection.
The initial Humax lineup will include the 80-hour TiVo Series2(TM) DVR, which requires the TiVo service and give viewers the ability to easily find and record their favorite TV programs without the hassles of video tape. The TiVo service not only allows subscribers to control live TV with features such as pause, rewind, slow motion, and instant replay, but includes exclusive features like WishList(TM) searches and Season Pass(TM) recordings, allowing viewers to record every episode of their favorite programs -- even skipping the repeats.
In addition, TiVo now offers Series2(TM) DVR subscribers home media features and online scheduling as part of the standard service package for $12.95 per month. These new features enable subscribers to schedule recordings from any Internet connection, move content between two or more TiVo boxes in the home, and enjoy digital music and photos in the comfort of their living room on their home entertainment system. With the home media features built in to the service, subscribers can now enjoy other digital content the same way they enjoy television with the TiVo service.
SAM'S CLUB will carry the recorders at consistent, every day costs that often top competitors' prices without requiring consumers to wait for sales. Consumers can purchase the equipment in clubs or online at http://www.samsclub.com . The TiVo service is sold separately for $12.95 per month, or a one-time fee of $299 for product lifetime, and can be purchased directly from TiVo either online at http://www.tivo.com or by calling 877-367-TIVO.
"SAM'S CLUB meets the business and personal needs of our members," said Seong Ohm, vice president and divisional merchandising manager for electronics, SAM'S CLUB. "We're pleased to offer this very popular product, which has really become a cultural phenomenon, at a consistent and exceptional value."
SAM'S CLUB plans to add additional TiVo-brand product offerings in time for the holiday shopping season.
"With nearly 50 million members, and over 300 locations worldwide, SAM'S CLUB gives more consumers than ever the opportunity to see for themselves why their friends are raving about TiVo's offerings," said Joe Miller, vice president of sales and distribution, TiVo Inc. "SAM'S CLUB is offering a variety of TiVo-powered products so that everyone can choose the one that best fits their home entertainment style."
The addition of TiVo DVRs will bolster SAM'S CLUB electronics offerings, which currently include a range of LCD and flat-screen TVs; DVD and DVD/VCR combo players; surround sound home theater systems and satellite radio systems; and highly capable camcorders, projectors and digital cameras. SAM'S CLUB also offers high-performing security systems, monitors, intercoms and accessories in clubs and online at http://www.samsclub.com .
About SAM'S CLUB
SAM'S CLUB ( http://samsclub.com ), a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT - News ), is the nation's largest warehouse chain in the United States serving small business owners and operators. The purchasing agent of choice, SAM'S CLUB provides every day low cost to more than 46 million entrepreneurs and consumers.
About TiVo Inc.
Founded in 1997, TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO - News ), a pioneer in home entertainment, created a brand new category of products with the development of the first digital video recorder (DVR). Today, TiVo continues to revolutionize the way consumers watch and access home entertainment by making a TiVo DVR the focal point of the digital living room, a center for sharing and experiencing television, music, photos and other content. TiVo connects consumers to the digital entertainment they want, where and when they want it. The Company is based in Alviso, Calif.
Founded in 1989, Humax Co. Ltd of Korea is one of the world's leading digital satellite set-top box manufacturers, exporting its products to more than 90 countries across the globe. Listed on the Korean stock exchange (KOSDAQ), the company's international headquarters and R & D facility are based in Korea with offices in Dubai, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. In 1997, the company opened a manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland that won a Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2002. Further production facilities are planned in India and China. Humax recorded revenues of US $306 million in 2003 and has announced plans to increase this figure to $1 billion by 2006. Humax's US headquarters are located in Santa Ana, CA. For additional information please visit http://www.humaxusa.com or phone toll free - 1-866-HUMAXUSA.