Humax, TiVo team on 300-hour video recorder
July 19, 2004
Humax has designed a new TiVo digital video recorder that can store up to 300 hours of programming. A manufacturer of set-top boxes, Humax announced last week that two new digital video recorders made for use with TiVo’s service will be available later this month.
The Home Media feature allows TiVo boxes to access and distribute content to different devices within the home over wired and wireless networks.
The T2500 will store up to 300 hours of television shows, while the T800 will store up to 80 hours. By contrast, other DVRs on the market typically hold between 40 and 160 hours of programming.
DVRs can be used to record live television, record shows in advance, store programs and pause live programs while they’re being recorded, without disrupting the recording. Humax has a license to build DVRs for use with the TiVo service, and therefore will be able to market the new devices to TiVo’s pool of 1.6 million subscribers.
The popularity of such high-capacity recorders are part of a growing trend among tech-savy viewers to own content, as digital media becomes more prevalent because of its portable and transferable nature.
About 80 percent of DVR owners have more than 25 movies in some form, whether on DVD, videotape or some other media, and 55 percent have more than 50 movies, according to research company Parks Associates.
TiVo’s Home Media option is designed to cater to that trend. The Home Media feature allows TiVo boxes to access and distribute content to different devices within the home over wired and wireless networks. TiVo recently made Home Media part of its standard service offering.
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