“12 Gizmos of Christmas”: #10 – PVRs/DVRs

The Geeks have determined through online and print media that the 10th most desired gift during the 2004 holiday season is a PVR/DVR (personal or digital video recorder) such as a TiVo or ReplayTV.

The first featured item is the HR10-250 DIRECTV/HDTV Receiver with Integrated 250GB TiVo Digital Video Recorder which was the most anticipated TiVo/HDTV reciever of the year.

DIRECTV programming, HD output and TiVo all from one source? You got it. Have your cake and eat it too with this irresistible package that redefines the television experience.

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The next featured item is TiVo TCD540040 Series2 40-Hour Digital Video Recorder which is a top seller at several mega-stores currently.

TiVo’s Series2 DVR delivers plenty of recording capacity in addition to offering entertainment services like digital music, digital photos, remote scheduling, and hassle-free favorites recording. All this and the famed luxury of being able to pause and view instant replays of live television, too. TiVo DVRs record television programming directly to an onboard digital ATA/IDE hard drive, eliminating the hassles of videotape (imprecise tape searching, head cleaning, steadily degrading picture, fuzzy sound, etc.). This Series2 TiVo, model TDC540040, offers 40 GB storage for up to 40 hours of recording time in TiVo’s best-looking chassis yet.

The Series2 has 2 USB ports, offering people with home networks the ability to stream photos and music to their TiVo, or send programs from one TiVo to another. This connectivity also lets TiVo subscribers access exciting entertainment services through the TiVo Home Media Features, which consists of the TiVo Digital Music Player, TiVo Digital Photo Viewer, and Multi-Room Viewing.

The final selection is ReplayTV RTV5504 40-Hour Digital Video Recorder.

The RTV5504 personal video recorder, or PVR, delivers the ability to pause and replay live TV while recording and storing 40 hours of digital, tapeless audio and video–about a season’s worth of memory for four hour-long programs. Enjoy a broadband or phone-line connection to the ReplayTV service and convenient home networking through a built-in Ethernet port–there’s no extra hardware required. Subscription to ReplayTV service is available either as a $12.95 monthly fee or a one-time lifetime fee of $299.99; a discounted $6.95 monthly fee is available for consumers with more than one active unit.

Please comment on our choices for the most wanted PVR/DVRs and make sure you check back tomorrow to see our three picks for Digital Camcorders!