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Why I can’t wait to get rid of my DVR

Why I can’t wait to get rid of my DVR

Recently, my day was over and I wanted to relax, so I took to the couch, picked up the remote, and turned on the television. Based on what time it was, I thought I’d catch the end of one of the shows I watch each week and then get to another program after that. I thought it would be a slow, relaxing night.

And then the fun began.

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TiVo Online Season Pass Manager: handling multiple DVRs gets easier

TiVo Online Season Pass Manager: handling multiple DVRs gets easier

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.

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Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

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.

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Sky planning dish-free IPTV Sky+ service

Sky planning dish-free IPTV Sky+ service

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.

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TiVo Wireless N Network Adapter helps Premiere cut the cord

TiVo Wireless N Network Adapter helps Premiere cut the cord

TiVo have outed their latest peripheral for the newest TiVo Premiere, and if you've been regularly tripping over a stretch of ethernet cable running between your router and the DVR then the TiVo Wireless N Network Adapter should save your knees.  Backward compatible with WiFi b/g, the 802.11n adapter is all about speed: whether that be faster video-on-demand downloads, transferring HD files between multiple TiVo units, or speedier exporting to portable devices.

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Toshiba REGZA HDTVs with integrated HDD or USB storage outed

Toshiba REGZA HDTVs with integrated HDD or USB storage outed

Toshiba Japan have updated their REGZA HDTV range, with select models supporting USB hard-drives or coming with 500GB of storage built-in.  The Toshiba REGZA R1 series - made up of 32-, 37- and 42-inch sets - and REGZA H1 series - made up of 32- and 37-inch sets - each have a USB port and Full HD resolution (bar on the 32-inch models, which get 720p support).  Meanwhile there's also the entry level Toshiba REGZA A1 series, with 19-, 22- and 26-inch models all offering 720p HD resolution.

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weaKnees TiVo Premiere gets up to 640hrs HD recording

weaKnees TiVo Premiere gets up to 640hrs HD recording

Biggest headache with the new TiVo Premiere has probably been the sluggish HD UI, but coming up in second place is likely the mere 320GB hard-drive the company fit as standard.  That's good enough for up to 400hrs of SD content or 45hrs of HD, but if that's going to put a dampener on your home entertainment experience then head over to weaKnees.  The official TiVo retailer has come up with some custom models of their own, offering up to 317hrs of HD recording.

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Sony Torne digital TV tuner for Japanese PS3 announced

Sony Torne digital TV tuner for Japanese PS3 announced

As well as the 250GB PS3, Sony Japan have also announced a new digital TV tuner peripheral for the console.  The Sony Torne will drop in March 2010, and offer Japanese buyers a way to watch digital terrestrial TV broadcasts on their PS3, together with PVR functionality that allows for recording content (either to the PS3's HDD or a connected USB 2.0 drive) even while the PS3 is being used for gaming, Blu-ray playback or just in standby mode.

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Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 HDTV: 8 simultaneous time-shift channels

Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 HDTV: 8 simultaneous time-shift channels

Toshiba have announced their latest high-end LCD TV, and it's the first to include the Cell Broadband Engine for multi-channel display and DVR recording.  The Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 has a 55-inch, 5,000,000:1 contrast LED-backlit panel, with independent control over each of the 512 LED backlighting zones and 240Hz refresh.  It's accompanied by a processor box, housing the Cell goodies, which can pump out eight channels to be shown on-screen at once, time-shift up to eight channels simultaneously for 26 hours, or boot up a web browser based on Opera.

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