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Boxee TV Lets You DVR With No Limits

The Boxee Box brought with it lots of hype, but it’s a hard world out there for a media streamer. So the company is switching tacks and trying to enter the DVR market with an interesting offering: unlimited storage on the cloud. Most DVRs come with hard drives and after a few months of rigorous recording, you’re likely to start feeling a little squeezed. Not so with Boxee TV, which uploads everything you decide to keep, so you can pretty much record it all! And you’re then free to watch it back from any device that has access to the Internet. It has a dual tuner that allows it to display TV from over-the-air signals and basic unencrypted cable, and you’re able to record one show while watching another.

The service costs $15 a month, and will be “rolling out to 8 of the top TV markets in the US: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia and D.C. Additional markets later in 2013.”

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ] DVR Records Entire Week Of Television So You Never Miss A Show Again

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 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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

[CES 2012] Kid-Tough Portable DVR To Keep Your Own Electronics Safe

By David Ponce

Kids get bored, and when they get bored they like to play with whatever is within their reach. That’s often going to be your electronics, and you know there’s nothing quite like starting the day by discovering a drool covered iPad with a cracked screen. Better to keep the little ones entertained with a decoy device, one that actually does something cool, like the Kid-Tough Portable DVR from Fisher Price. It’s a bit more than a DVR, since it’s capable of playing back whatever it records through its 3.5inch screen and stereo speakers (or headphones jack if you value your ears). And the recording is done by connecting it to your TV via composite connection. We’re not talking high quality stuff here, but I doubt your 3 year old will complain that he can’t see all of Katie Couric’s wrinkles. Parents can set the device to record up to 24h in advance and even manually sort the recorded shows so they can be easily found and played back later. Onboard storage gives you 2h of recording time,but this can easily be expanded with a MicroSD card.

Available in May for $150.

TiVo Premiere Elite Kicks Things Up A Notch

By David Ponce

Even though it’s a dying business, cable TV is still strong enough to support a robust ecosystem of devices like the quintessential PVR: TiVo. And recently the company announced the release of their top of the line machine, the TiVo Premiere Elite. It comes with a hefty 2TB hard drive and 4 (count’em) tuners, which allows you to record 4 shows simultaneously while watching a 5th! The large hard drive will let you store up to 300 hours of HD content, which is twice the amount of the next highest-end machine. What’s more (like other TiVo boxes), the Premiere Elite “offers access to streaming services like Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster On-Demand, and Amazon Instant Video.”

As you may know, the TiVo service isn’t free and is in addition to the cost of the machine itself. So $20/month gets you the service (or a one-time $500 lifetime fee), plus $500 for the Premiere Elite… plus whatever you pay for digital cable.

Remember we said dying model?…

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By David Ponce

Without getting into a lengthy diatribe about the tectonic changes the entertainment industry is (and has been for quite some while) going through in order to deliver its product to us, let me just remind you about the impact of just one of these companies: TiVo.  They basically introduced the DVR to market and changed the way we interact with what we watch.  Gotta go pee?  Pause live TV and do it!  Of course, TiVo’s been around some time and the landscape around their pioneering product also changes, so they’ve been hard at work on their latest generation box, the TiVo Premiere.

The TiVo Premiere is a DVR reloaded.  Not only does it connect to your existing cable it also plugs into your Internet, opening the door to a bunch of new possibilities. “[Possibilities] like instant streaming from Netflix, downloads from Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube videos, music from Pandora and much more—all on your HDTV.”  The Premiere is able to record up to 45 hours of (up to) 1080p HD video and is available for $99, when you sign up for a 1-year service plan of $19.99 a month

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Dish Network Adds Remote DVR Scheduling Feature


By Shane McGlaun

One of the features that I like about my DirecTV DVR is that I can access it via my iPhone and set shows to record from anywhere I can get a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. The DVR doesn’t even have to be connected to my Internet connection to use the app.

Dish Network has announced its own remote access program called simply Remote Access. They even offer an iPhone App just like DirecTV. The service allows users to access their DVR from anywhere in the world and schedule recordings. The catch with the Dish Network app is that the DVR has to be connected to the Internet.

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Spy, Balls?

By Jonathan Kimak

This is a fairly neat looking and rather discrete video recorder. The CamBall is a miniature digital video recorder that can record MPEG-4 video in 320×240 or 640×480 resolution. It can store up to 8GB of data on a tiny SD card(and it looks like the card is sold separately).

And like many great gadgets, this one is currently only available in Korea, for around $200 US. And while my Korean language skills are limited to 0 words, my looking at a photo ability has discovered that this spy ball also has an underwater case(might be sold separately) for taking videos while you’re snorkeling or scuba diving.

There is also an alternate version that comes with an mp3 player built in.

[ CamBall(Korean Website) ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Hitachi Announces New CinemaStar DVR Hard Drives

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I am a DVR nut and record everything — even if I plan to watch it right then. I like to let the show get about 15 minutes ahead of live TV so I can skip all of the commercials. I also have kids so we tend to collect gobs of Dora episodes as well. When we start running out of space on the DVR, everyone gets nervous that their programs will be deleted.

Hitachi has announced some new hard drives that are aimed at the DVR user in its CinemaStar line. The more interesting of the two new drives is the CinemaStar 7K1000.B. This drive has a massive 1TB storage capacity and can hold 247 hours of MPEG-4 encoded HD video and support ten simultaneous data streams. My pathetic DVR drive can only hold 30 hours of HD programs.

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