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How DVRs Work
by James Bickers


 Introduction to How DVRs Work
The Basics
Pausing Live TV?
Search Tools
Quality and Capacity
Ongoing Costs
› Controversy Brewing
Lots More Information

Controversy Brewing
The latest models of the ReplayTV units come with a feature that is striking fear into the heart of the entertainment industry: peer-to-peer file swapping. Think "Napster for your TV set."

The new SONICblue ReplayTV boxes are equipped with Ethernet ports, allowing them to be hooked up to the Web. Want to send last week's "South Park" episode to your buddy on the other side of the country? In the past, that meant dubbing a tape and going to the post office. With ReplayTV, sharing a TV program is as easy as sharing an MP3 -- provided the person on the other end has a similar DVR model.

Understandably, the entertainment industry is worried about this. Having seen what peer-to-peer file sharing has allegedly done to the music business, the TV and movie industries are scrambling to put a stop to "program sharing" before it happens. But as of August 2002, SONICblue models with this functionality are available for purchase.

For more information on DVRs and related topics, check out the links on the next page.

Lowest Price
1.ReplayTV 5504 $139.95
2.Pioneer DVR-810H DVD Recorder with TiVo service $685.00
3.ReplayTV DIGITAL NETWORK Replay TV 5508 80 Hours $249.00
4.Hughes DIRECTV Satellite Receiver With TiVo Series 2- HDVR2 Up To 35 Hours of Digital Recording $99.00
5.Pioneer Elite DVR-57H DVD Recorder w/HDD and Tivo $1027.00

 

 
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Table of Contents:
Introduction to How DVRs Work
The Basics
Pausing Live TV?
Search Tools
Quality and Capacity
Ongoing Costs
› Controversy Brewing
Lots More Information


 
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