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Seagate Showcase DVR Storage Expander 1TB review

Seagate Showcase DVR Storage Expander 1TB review

As more and more Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) offer the choice of recording in high-definition, and more consumers decide to prioritize picture quality, the standard storage in most models simply can't keep up.  Into that fray steps the DVR Expander, a straightforward way of adding recording capacity; today it's the turn of the Seagate Showcase DVR Storage Expander, a full 1TB of storage.

 

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Vudu partners with Entone for set-top box service

Vudu partners with Entone for set-top box service

Vudu will soon be offering its movies on a third-party set-top box, changing up their title and adding the function of service provider to their already able hardware manufacturer moniker. Who is this third-party company in question? That would be Entone.

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Verizon FiOS DVR control goes mobile

Verizon FiOS DVR control goes mobile

Verizon took their FiOS DVR control to a whole new level today when they introduced a mobile web version of their FiOS TV Central feature. Before today, you could only access this feature through your desktop web browser or on select LG phones that featured a native app for it like the Voyager or the enV 2.

But now, the update makes it so any phone that has a decent web browser can access the FiOS TV Central feature. This allows you to program your IPTV recorder while you're away from home. You can even use it on non-Verizon phones like the iPhone.

Other aspects of this new feature include the ability to add or remove shows from your recording line up, manage up to three DVRs and more. You can access this latest FiOS TV Central feature for free. Though it's currently in beta, the full version should be available soon.

Moxi HD DVR update: Hulu & Netflix, DLNA, home automation

Moxi HD DVR update: Hulu & Netflix, DLNA, home automation

Digeo have released an update for their Moxi HD DVR, adding DLNA streaming support and a workaround to bring Hulu, Netflix and other streaming content direct to the set-top box.  There's also new support for controlling Z-wave home automation devices, together with Rhapsody music streaming and the ability to view and bookmark websites.

 

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Apricorn DVR Expander gets welcome makeover

Apricorn DVR Expander gets welcome makeover

When it launched back in January, you couldn't really fault Apricorn's DVR Expander for its specifications: 1.5TB of storage for plug'n'play expansion of your DVR, with a range of connectivity to suit various different TiVo, Cable and DirectTV receivers, among others.  What was less impressive was the casing; it looked cheap and, certainly in the case of the pink unit Apricorn bizarrely chose for their press shots, not something you'd want sat next to your TV.  Now the DVR Expander has had a makeover: the same impressive capabilities, but with a far slicker case. 

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MOXI MR-1500T3 HD DVR available for all

MOXI MR-1500T3 HD DVR available for all

After a limited launch in December 2008, the MOXI HD DVR is now generally available, offering 500GB of subscription-free high-definition digital cable recording.  The MOXI MR-1500T3 HD supports up to 1080p resolution video, together with images and music plus streaming internet content, with no monthly fees.

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Panasonic DMR-BS850 Blu-ray & Freesat DVR gets priced

Panasonic DMR-BS850 Blu-ray & Freesat DVR gets priced

Panasonic have been showing off their combination DVR/Freesat/Blu-ray home cinema system, and it looks like enough to make anyone without access to the free-to-air Freesat satellite service weep with envy.  The Panasonic DMR-BS850 brings together a 500GB hard-drive, a Blu-ray recorder and two Freesat tuners, with full HD recording and more.

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Apricorn DVR Xpander packs 1.5TB, adds 187 hours of HD recordings

Apricorn DVR Xpander packs 1.5TB, adds 187 hours of HD recordings

While competitors are still promoting their half Terabyte DVR add-on external storage, Apricorn is one Terabyte ahead; packing their DVR Xpander series external drive with a 1.5TB single disk storage device, adds an instant recording capacities for up to 843 hours of Standard format TV, or 187.5 hours of HD programs, to your favorite DVR set-tops.

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Obaba spy belt buckle just in time for the presidential inauguration

Obaba spy belt buckle just in time for the presidential inauguration

Just in time for President Obama’s presidential inauguration we have spotted the Obaba Buckle DVR (yes it's spelled "Obaba"), which really is nothing more than a spy cam in a place you wouldn’t normally look.  The buckle includes a hidden video cam complete with audio.

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Broadcom announces First DLNA-enabled SoCs with integrate MoCA technology

Cable subscribers, especially the Verizon folks should be fairly familiar with MoCA (multimedia over Coax Alliance) technology as networking platform to stream multimedia though coaxial cable. No? How about the Zeevee box that is capable of livecasting any internet-based video from PC-to-Tv with similar technology? If we are getting there, here’s another piece of MoCA-based SoC (System-oc-Chip) invention from Broadcom to take on industry's first HD STB devices piggybacking coax cable infrastructure into a whole-home media distribution network.

CES 2009: DISH Network unviels SlingLoaded Vip 922

CES 2009: DISH Network unviels SlingLoaded Vip 922

DISH Network Corporation has unveiled the world’s first “SlingLoaded” HD DuoDVR, the award-winning ViP 922. The Vip 922 is the first high definition video recorder to incorporate placeshifting technology. This device was build by EchoStar Technologies and DISH Network as an entertainment centerpiece that combines 1080p Video on Demand and 100 percent, all-HD suite of programming packages available today.

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Funai preps tru2way dual-tuner set-top DVR

Funai preps tru2way dual-tuner set-top DVR

Funai looks forward to beat the godfather of DVR, step ahead of Tivo to launch tru2Way integrated dual-tuner set-top DVR. Announced back in May, the company exhibited its tru2way STB platform with DVR, dual decode, NTSC, ATSC and various network capabilities at the Cable Show in Big Easy; today, they have further confirmed its plan to mass-produce the tru2wy box during the third quarter of 2009, but the timing will hinge on CableLabs’s approval.

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