Microsoft hoped to be an early pioneer in the DVR market along with Tivo and ReplayTV, and anted up with UltimateTV in 2000. But the offering lacked Tivo's intuitive functionality while Microsoft also failed to score deals with major cable providers. Distribution was limited to DirecTV, a pact that died when EchoStar, with its own DVR technology, sought to acquire Microsoft's partner in 2002. UltimateTV vanished soon after.
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