Items tagged with DVR

It's just a fact of life. Most of us will run out of storage at some point if we don't stop buying more ahead of time, and Apricorn knows it. The company has been issuing hard drives and personal storage devices for years now, but it's latest device is one of the more stylish to come from their labs. It's the DVR Expander, which is said to be the largest-capacity DVR external hard drive on the market. It was built to be fanless, so it's super quiet when residing near your television. It also uses a solid aluminum enclosure, so you won't have to scramble for a place to conceal it. It's available as cheap as $99 with a 500GB drive, while the 2TB top-end model sells for $249. With a name like DVR... Read more...
DVRs are nice, and TiVo units are usually even nicer. But what good is a DVR when there's no room left to record that next critical show? No good at all, we'd say. Western Digital is out to solve your existing "no storage" problem with their new My Book AV DVR Expander, which is essentially an external hard drive tailored to link to a DVR/TiVo and storage extra footage that cannot fit on the unit's internal HDD. The new device has 1TB of space, allowing customers to instantly and seamlessly expand their DVR recording capacity by simply attaching it to their existing DVR. The unit is fully TiVo Verified and compatible with Series3 and TiVo HD, and it offers USB and eSATA connections as well. Furthermore,... Read more...
With the launch of its new Whole-Home DVR service, DIRECTV is making it easier and more convenient for customers to enjoy their favorite shows in up to 15 rooms in their home using a single DVR. The new service lets users share recorded programs on any TV in their home, begin a program in one room and finish it in another, and access DIRECTV’s DVR technology on non-DVR HD receivers. The service is now available. It costs $3 per month. DIRECTV HD DVR Customers Can Now Record And Watch Shows, From Any Room of the House – All With A Single DVR The DIRECTV® Whole-Home DVR Service Gives Customers the Power to Share Recorded Programs with up to 15 Televisions EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--DIRECTV,... Read more...
According to a recent study from Duke University, the use of TiVo and other DVRs hasn’t hurt television advertising or changed consumers’ buying behavior. In fact, Carl Mela, a professor in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, said the ability to fast-forward through commercials has had no effect on buying behavior. Mela also noted that not as many people fast-forward through television commercials as originally thought. Years ago, some people thought that digital video recorders such as a TiVo, which lets users record TV programs and make it easy to fast-forward through commercials, would kill TV commercials all together. That's obviously not the case today: If you watch TV for... Read more...
Fresh off a new DVR launch (the Premiere), TiVo is now providing a way for end-users to access Web content and distribute media in the house without the use of an Ethernet cable attached directly to the rear of the box. The solution is a new 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, or more specifically, the Wireless N Network Adapter. It's designed to work with the Premiere, TiVo HD, TiVo Series3 HD or TiVo Series2 dual-tuner DVRs, and will assist in helping consumers "transfer and download broadband content within the home at a faster speed." With the proliferation of high-definition content, the use of 802.11n is nearly a must. This solution also keeps you from having to run a very long Ethernet cable through... Read more...
If you thought TiVo or your DVR was cool, you're going to love this. SnapStream has put together a DVR that's capable of recording 50 channels at the same time onto over 100TB of storage. The company is touting this unnamed beast as the "world's largest DVR," and we're inclined to believe them. After all, the storage capacity is equivalent to 326 TiVo Premier boxes. The unit plugs in with a single coax cable feed from your local cable company and requires two 15amp power plugs and a 10GB Ethernet (or up to 8 bonded 1GB ports) uplink. The unit takes advantage of SnapStream's clustering technology which designates one SnapStream node as the master. The other nodes can be designated to perform a... Read more...
The TiVo. Everyone knows the name, and everyone knows the purpose, but for whatever reason, the name that's associated with "DVR" isn't in too many homes. Many consumers simply opt to grab the DVR that is offered to them by their cable or satellite provider, mostly because it's cheaper on a month-to-month basis, and it's also a lot easier to get setup. A dedicated TiVo box is a separate purchase, and it still requires a monthly fee even after you pay the up-front price of the box itself. TiVo still has legions of dedicated fans who wouldn't use anything else to record their television programs, and this week the company is introducing their first new set-top box in years: the TiVo Premiere.As... Read more...
If you're interested in turning your computer into a HDTV and DVR, then Elgato's new EyeTV One may be something you're interested in. This digital TV tuner connects to your TV antenna and delivers over-the-air TV broadcasts to your Mac or PC. Best of all, since these over-the-air broadcasts are free and offer excellent quality, you could finally nix the cable company's monthly bill for digital TV services once and for all (that is, assuming you're happy with the number of stations available over the air). For Mac users, EyeTV One comes with EyeTV 3 software that lets you watch, rewind, fast forward, and pause live TV. With this software, you can also access a Program Guide, record TV, edit out... Read more...
Boxee has been on a wild, wild ride since debuting to the world last year, and for those looking for new ways to catch more content online, it has become the go-too application. And while it has certainly taken off, there's still lots of room to grow. One of the main reasons that it has yet to become a household name outside of the tech community is the need to have a full fledged PC to run it. And unless you're looking to hook up a media PC/HTPC in your den, you're probably not going to see Boxee in your living room. At least, that was the case up until this week. Out of nowhere, Boxee announced that it has located its first-ever hardware partner, which basically means that some sort of Boxee... Read more...
Ah, the DVR. Easily one of the most game-changing devices to be created over the past decade or so. If you own one, you'd probably have a tough time going back to life without one, as there are few things cooler than being able to record shows when you're not around and watch them when you are. It's TV your way, and even though it seems that everyone wants one, relatively few players are in the market.There's TiVo, the obvious oddball, and then those plain 'ole DVRs offered by your cable company. Granted, those cable company DVRs have somewhat of a monopoly considering just how difficult it is to setup a third-party DVR, but there's still room for competition. And that's where the Moxi comes... Read more...
TiVo users now have more content options than ever before. Starting today, TiVo is making hundreds of free Web videos available to TiVo Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL subscribers. In addition to the new channels from outlets such as CBS, FOX, Oprah, and G4, any video podcast provider can now publish video content to TiVo DVRs using RSS and H.264 video. The new podcast channels are part of TiVo’s suite of free Web videos. Users have the option of watching videos instantly or setting a Season Pass recording so new videos will be automatically downloaded to their Now Playing List as they are published. Users can also stream content not listed by TiVo by entering the URL for a video podcast within... Read more...
TiVo has partnered with Amazon.com to make HD movies and TV shows available for download from Amazon’s Video on Demand service. The new service is available to all broadband connected subscribers with a Series3, TiVo HD, or TiVo HD XL box. The service will offer hundreds of selections for purchase. This will include high-definition episodes of current TV seasons for $2.99 as well as new-release HD movies for rent at prices ranging from $3.99 to $4.99. Special prices and offers for select content will also be available. The majority of the titles will be offered with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. "Consumers are seeking affordable entertainment alternatives to an expensive trip to the movies. With HD... Read more...
It's hard to show tech-savvy consumers advertising. Your grandma might still be looking at every pop-up ad a rapacious Internet businessman can come up with, but between fast-forwarding past TV ad spots with your Digital Video Recorder, pop-up blockers in your browser, and the Do Not Call list, a lot of people are avoiding the vast majority of advertising that's being hurled at them. Advertisers never give up, though. They just try a different approach. High-tech ad avoidance is leading to a boom in one of the oldest forms of advertising: billboards everywhere. They just call it "Out of Home Media" now. The new places for ads — as well as the addition of digital and video capabilities to signs,... Read more...
In an interesting ruling with far-reaching ramifications, a US Court of Appeals in New York has decided that Cablevision was within its rights to offer a network Digital Video Recorder service to its customers. Instead of a hard drive in every home, your set-top cable box would be able to use a cloud computer arrangement to view programming stored centrally. A group of media companies had sued, claiming that showing recorded programs held on a network server is a form of copyright infringement, even though the Cable company would pay for the right to show the programming in the first place. The media companies had prevailed in a lower court, but the reversal means that the producers of media... Read more...
James Bond, or even Maxwell Smart would be proud.  This is a pen that has digital video recording capabilities.  Don't let the DVR acronym fool you; you're not going to hook it up to your cable box.  On the other hand, it will come in handy for those covert operations.It's not cheap, at $199.95.  According to the site, however, that's a 44% discount.  Shhh.  Keep this quiet.Specifications:Video Compression: AVI Video Format: 352*288 Internal Memory: Yes Flash: 2GB/4GB Video File Size: >500kb USB Interface: USB2.0 Per Min Recording Mode: Continuous recording unit memory is full or manually turned off Adaptor Type: USB adaptor charging cable Battery Type: Lithium-ion... Read more...
The DVR is the greatest invention since fire. But especially since a substantial amount of programming became available in high-definition, its seems we're constantly having to erase something in order to make room for the next show we want. Iomega has been solving various storage problems for a long time, and if you use the DVR supplied by many Cable companies, they'd like you to be able to store a lot more content. Up to 300 additional hours of standard def, or 60 hours of hi-def goodness. The new Iomega DVR Expander Drive adds storage capacity for eSATA-enabled Scientific Atlanta DVRs, allowing cable TV customers to record and enjoy more of their favorite cable TV and movie broadcasts. Cable... Read more...
Your Digital Video Recorder might not have found Sarah Conner yet, but it seems to be responsible for the disappearance of six million primetime TV viewers since last May. Some of the miserable ratings of this year's crop of primetime shows could be laid at the feet of the writer's strike, but that really can't explain the whole number. It's starting to dawn on the TV industry that there's no such thing as primetime anymore. ...the more significant shift can’t be blamed on the strike. In the past television season, there has been a sharp increase in time-shifting. Some of the six million are still watching, but on their own terms, thanks to TiVos and other digital video recorders, streaming video... Read more...
This will go over like a lead balloon - I hope.  Time Warner Cable already offers a feature called Start Over in 6 of its 23 markets.  This feature is free and allows you to watch a program from the start, within 30 minutes its beginning - but without the ability to fast forward.  Starting this October Time Warner will offer a new service, called Look Back, which it will eventually expand around the country. The service, called Look Back, will let cable customers watch certain shows later on that they missed, just the way a digital video recorder does, but without an extra monthly fee. The fast-forwarding function will be turned off, however, and consumers will be limited to watching... Read more...
While I use a Time Warner service, this may be a step in the right direction for content providers. Allowing users a broader line of options. TiVo Inc. said on Monday it hopes to start testing its first integrated digital video recorder service with Comcast Corp., the leading U.S. cable operator, this spring, two years after they reached an agreement to develop the service. The companies had signed a deal in March 2005 to offer Comcast subscribers the option to download TiVo's DVR software and interface to their cable set-top boxes. The two companies demonstrated the service for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on... Read more...
Corsair TWIN2X1024-8000UL Memory Modules @ X-bit labs: "Today you will get acquainted with another memory solution that managed to surpass 1GHz threshold. It is going to be overclocker DDR2 SDRAM memory from Corsair. This memory manufacturer is very well-known for their excellent products. For example, their DDR2-1000 modules boast the lowest latencies than the competitors." Pioneer DVR-633H-S DVD Recorder @ Designtechnica: "Besides the normal studio DVDs, you can play your home-burned DVDs containing TV content or home movies. It also plays CDs and CD-R/RW discs with WMA and MP3 files, and its JPEG photo viewer is compatible with Fujifilm and Kodak photo discs and CD-R/RWs burned... Read more...
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