dvr

  • Review: Pinnacle Video Transfer system

    The Pinnacle Video Transfer is a $99 device that promises easy one-touch recording to a myriad of devices including USB memory sticks and external hard drives as well as direct recording to the Sony PSP and iPod Video, Nano, and Classic devices. In short, it’s super easy and it works well. Read More

  • For the hardcore: TiVo HD XL with 1TB hard drive

    Speaking of TiVo and DVRs, it looks like the company has begun shipping its HD XL DVR. The $600 device has a 1TB hard drive; off-the-shelf 1TB hard drives can be had for as little as $150 by my count. As you might guess, TiVo is going to be pushing the HD XL at hardcore TiVo users, the high-end folk who need to record every single episode of Degrassi and whatever else it is people watch… Read More

  • Study: DVRs actually improve relationships


    Flickr’d DVRs aren’t just good for watching Conan O’Brien at a decent hour. Nope, it turns out that they can also improve your relationship. That’s what a new study claims, at least. The study, carried out by NDS (a big manufacturer of DVR “technology”), shows that 79 percent of respondents said that the little device actually improved their relationship. Read More

  • Cablevision can go ahead with its network DVR

    Cablevision, a regional cable provider found primarily in New York, can go ahead with its network DVR, a U.S. court has ruled. Several entertainment studios had said that the DVR, which remotely stores content on Cablevision’s servers rather than a local hard drive, violates their copyright. No idea why they’d think this, but we all know the studios are allergic to new… Read More

  • MPAA trying to eliminate analog hole

    If the MPAA had its way, your DVR would be nothing more than a hunk of useless metal and plastic, unable to record and pause live television. Steps are being taken to ensure that it gets its way. The fun-loving association is pushing hard for a technology called selectable output control, or SOC, which allows content providers—movie studios and the like—to prevent material from… Read More

  • Iomega DVR Expander adds 500 extra gigs to your DVR

    Iomega wants to make sure you never run out of DVR space with its just announced DVR Expander Drive, a 500 gigabyte external hard drive that plugs right into your DVR, thus expanding your storage. Compatible with eSATA Scientific Atlanta DVRs, the drive should be of use to people with Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Rogers and Cox. The 500 drive can store some 300 hours of standard def… Read More

  • MPAA: Release movies to TV sooner, block recordings

    The Motion Picture Association of America wants to release movies to TV, pay-per-view, on-demand, and premium movie channels before releasing them for sale on DVD. Sounds good, no? There’s a little catch, though. The MPAA wants to block these early releases from being recorded on your DVR. Traditionally, new movies get released into theaters, then get shown on airplanes and in hotels… Read More

  • Hitachi adds 250GB HD to Wooo Blu-ray recorder

    Here comes the Wooo BH250, the new Hitachi Blu-ray set-top recorder with a built-in 250GB HD for storage of content. So it’s really a Blu-ray disk burner/DVR combo, which is a pretty sweet mash-up. We’ve heard that Blu-ray recording was coming to the Wooo series before, but this is the first actual model that goes on sale for the public. It’s set to hit Japan in June, and… Read More

  • Western Digital announces external HDD add-on for Dish network subscribers


    Father’s Day and graduation season is upon us, readers. And what better way to celebrate than getting your dad or grad a My DVR Expander USB edition external drive from Western Digital. Of course, they’ll have to own a DISH network VIP Series HD DVR and the 500GB drive only retails for $150. It’s also a low power-consuming hard drive that has a no-fan passive cooling system… Read More

  • DVR, web video blamed for prime time decline

    The New York Times has a piece on the impact that digital video recording, on-demand offerings, and web video services have had on advertising budgets for prime time television slots. Apparently if people aren’t actually watching TV during prime time, it makes advertising “trickier to measure and pitch to marketers,” resulting in less ad revenue, giving the networks… Read More

  • TiVo Desktop Plus update automates video podcasts

    A new update to TiVo’s Desktop Plus software features the ability to subscribe to video content via RSS. TiVo’s touting the feature as Season Pass for web video, which is basically just a fancy way of saying that you can subscribe to a video podcast’s RSS feed and new episodes will be downloaded to the TiVo Desktop Plus software ($24.95 one-time fee) that runs on your PC and… Read More

  • Apple TV to get DVR interface

    …at least in patent-world. AppleInsider found a patent related to an AppleTV DVR interface for picking programs to record. Since it was filed in October 2006, this might have been a feature they left out because all of Apple was drunk the week they made the Apple TV and left out the DVR part — that’s just my guess, seeing as how the thing has pretty much sucked on wheels… Read More

  • Expert: in 2013 you will record 10 channels simultaneously for 2 weeks, fly


    Some boffin over at Rice University has decided that five years from now, the capacity of DVRs will be such that we’ll be able to record HD video from ten channels at once, and keep it going for two weeks straight. That’s all fine and dandy, but what the professor has failed to take into account is that channel-based TV is on its way out even now, and the popularization of DVRs… Read More

  • Sony planning PlayTV launch on March 28, about $150

    The PS3’s PlayTV add-on — essentially a DVR for the PS3 — will go on sale in Europe in March for about $150. Not word on US availability. There are also reports that content recorded by PlayTV will not be copy-protected and that you will be able to drop video onto MPEG-2 compatible devices without DRM. Sony stamps on PlayTV date and price listing [GamesIndustry] Read More

  • TiVo pulling plug on original Series3 hardware

    When the TiVo HD box was announced, there was a pretty substantial price gap between it ($299) and the original Series3 box ($799) but the differences between the two didn’t seem enough to justify the purchase of the more expensive unit. After a $200 holiday rebate on the original Series3, TiVo has just about run out of stock and will not be replenishing its supply. Read More

  • Video: First look at Comcast + TiVo interface

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Here’s a quick first look at the Comcast + TiVo interface that’s recently become available in the Boston area. Pros: Way better than the alternative Comcast DVR interface from 1982, it’s TiVo, dual tuner + HD for about what you’d pay per month for TiVo except you don’t have to… Read More

  • CES 2008: Seagate PipelineHD: 1TB, quiet hard drives for DVRs

    [photopress:pipelinehd_lr_.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Seagate PipelineHD Series Hard Disc Drives
    Description: A hard drive that’s specifically built for high def DVRs with (initially) up to 1TB in storage space
    Price: TBA
    In-store date: First-half of 2008
    Site: Seagate
    Why it’s cool: Because storing high def, DVR’d content takes up an obscene amount of space. PipelineHD… Read More

  • Comcast + TiVo finally in the wild, your upgrade coming soon?


    Credit: Steve Garfield CC BY-NC-SA It’s been over two years since Comcast announced that its DVR boxen would be getting the TiVo treatment, with nothing materializing yet. That is, of course, unless your name is Steve Garfield, of the Boston area, in which case your DVR is now a TiVo. Garfield is apparently the first customer in the country to get the upgrade, and things are going about… Read More

  • TiVo's future isn't the box, it's what goes in the box

    It would be tempting to come up with a snarky headline for this story, such as “TiVo changing channels”, but we’ll spare you. In fact, we’re going to make a general summarization: TiVo is doing better than analysts thought it would, and that’s because it’s concentrating on working with content providers, not just using what they create. NBC, for example… Read More

  • TiVo now handles Photobucket and Picasa streaming

    Your TiVo box added a wee bit o’ usefulness today with the inclusion of Photobucket and Picasa compatibility. You can view your own photos, other people’s photos that you’ve been given the ability to access, and you can also customize photo feeds and view photos that have been tagged with specific keywords. Anyone try this out yet? I’m gonna fire my TiVo up this… Read More

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