Panasonic Japan has outed what the company is calling the smallest ever DVR that integrates both Blu-ray burning and a hard-drive. The Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 measures a slight 210 x 194 x 65 mm and weighs in at 2.2kg; it can burn BD-R or BD-RE discs and or record media to its 320GB hard-drive.
TiVo has launched an Online Season Pass Manager, which will allow subscribers to transfer season pass subscriptions between their various TiVo boxes, as well as adding new passes and deleting old ones. Billed as a direct request from TiVo's customers - and we can't really blame them - the new manager builds on the old system (which would allow Season Passes to be set up online) with more flexibility for multi-TiVo households and for those upgrading from an old TiVo box.
Being able to control your DVR at home from anywhere you might be is a big deal. Say you are out and are going to be home later than you expected and the big game is on. With remote scheduling apps for devices like the iPhone and iPad, you can just schedule the recordings without actually being home.
When it comes to security, having a mounted camera somewhere where you need watched at all times of the day, or particular times in the night, is one of the best methods. It means that you always have a pair of eyes there, so if something does happen, you have it on video. Unfortunately, not all cameras are meant to stay out in the weather for long periods of time, especially if moisture gets in the picture (no pun intended). That's why Swann Security's new OutBack camera, with its all-weather housing, is perfect for those in inclement weather locations.
You can never have enough space on your DVR for storing TV shows that you like. When the network season is in full swing your DVR can fill up very fast thanks to the tiny HDDs that most cable and satellite firms put inside a DVR.
Monsoon Multimedia are taking preorders for their Vulkano set-top box, which the company reckons can replace not only your TiVo but your Slingbox and Roku too. Basically a place-shifting streamer with optional DVR functionality and various smartphone clients for remote use over 3G/WiFi, the Vulkano also promises to keep pace with new STBs; the company has said they'll be releasing updates to add Google TV compatibility, among other things.
DirecTV is the satellite service that I use at home and I really like it. It's so much better than the local cable company it’s not even funny. DirecTV announced a new service today called Whole Home DVR that will cost you an extra $3 monthly, assuming you already have DVR service and a supported DVR.
It used to be straightforward: satellite TV, like that from Sky, comes via a satellite dish, and cable comes via cable. Now, according to some leaked documents from Sky UK, it seems things might not be quite so clean-cut anymore. TrustedReviews have heard that Sky UK are ramping up to offer their Sky+ service "through a new set top box supplied by Sky connected to your Freeview aerial and broadband connection", that would use IPTV distribution rather than the traditional dish.
Elgato have updated their media streamer range with the EyeTV HD DVR, a small box that allows you to hook up a cable or satellite receiver and stream that content - including premium channels - to a Mac, iPhone or iPad. The EyeTV HD box allows for either permanent recording of video - which can then be transferred to a mobile device via iTunes - or live streaming via their EyeTV app.