Hard-drive maker Seagate Technology has developed new digital-video recording technologies aimed at addressing concerns about capacity and digital-rights management.
Seagate representatives demonstrated the new DVR features for cable service carriers at the National Cable Show conference in San Francisco.
For storage-hungry consumers, the company is showing an add-on 400GB external hard drive, which is being tested with cable operators. The drive at the show attaches to the Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 Series DVR. Seagate is also demonstrating a prototype 2.5in 120GB hard drive that can be added internally to set-top boxes.
Seagate also unveiled its DriveTrust software, designed to ease concerns about digital-rights management. DriveTrust allows cable operators and DVR makers to lock external storage products to a specific device, such as a set-top box. The software can be customized to work with a cable company’s network.