By David Ponce
If you live in the UK and enjoy free-to-air Freeview TV, there’s some news for you. A company called Promise.tv has announced the availability of a very special DVR. See, the Promise Seven records a rolling 7 days of every single Freeview channel; every show, every radio broadcast, simultaneously. You don’t have to program your DVR since anything you might have hoped to watch over an entire one week period is right there. That’s over 10,000 programs. The oldest programs get deleted automatically to make room for the new ones, unless you tell the device to store something for longer.
Now, fascinating as this all sounds, there are some negatives. For one, the price: the Promise Seven is a hefty £1,998 inc VAT. A smaller 3-day version is £1,200, though that’s still a lot of cash. Also… they look sort of funny. Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, and yeah, we did make a case for the rise of the use of wood in consumer electronics but this DVR just looks bad. Maybe it’s the way the photo is taken. And that remote? What is this, the 80’s? Well, in any case, if it performs as advertised, all of that shouldn’t matter. It’s available in the London area now and will roll out to the rest of the UK during the year.