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Humax Launches $449 PVR

Humax’s DLNA-enabled PVR offers another TV catchup and recording option for Australian homes, but with PVR takeup rates being rather low, will anyone care?

New Tivo Elite Lets You Simultaneously Record More Shows Than You'll Know What To Do With

Though it has already been spotted before, the Tivo Elite is out from hiding, and will let you record an ungodly four shows at once, with room to let you watch a fifth. I feel overwhelmed already.

The Age Of The $US600 TiVo Is Nearly Upon Us

When they write TiVo’s obituary, the last paragraph will be devoted to the Premiere Elite, a DVR that may cost more than your average 32-inch TV. But it recorded four channels at once, they’ll cry. And we’ll all solemnly nod our heads, and shrug, and immediately forget.

Phonovision: Imagine Recording TV Onto LPs

Only a year after being the first person to successfully demo a working television set in 1926, John Logie Baird dreamed up something called Phonovision. What was its purpose? To record television. On a record.

Have DVR And Hulu Made Sitcoms Funnier?

The wags over at Splitsider have a take on how streaming video and DVR have actually served to make TV shows funnier. Or maybe more accurately, to give funny sitcoms a better chance of survival:

YouTube LeanBack, ABC iView Coming To Fetch TV

Fetch TV users are set to get some pretty awesome improvements over the next couple of months, with the IPTV Pay TV service set to be one of the first services in the world to offer YouTube Leanback to the TV.

Our Set-Top Boxes Suck Up $US3b In Energy Every Year

A new study released by the Natural Resources defence Council showed that the 160 million set-top boxes installed in 80 per cent of American homes consume more than $US3 billion in annual power costs. Mostly from after we turn them off.

TiVo Adding Slingbox Functionality Into Their Next DVR?

Companies put out surveys to gauge customer interest in potential new features all the time, so TiVo asking if people would be interested in streaming live and recorded shows from their DVR to an iPad shouldn’t be seen as an indication that it’s going to definitely happen. But putting a Slingbox into a TiVo would be something that would convince a decent amount of users to upgrade to new hardware. [Cult of Mac]

Could This Be The Fate For Aussie TiVo Users To Come?

Back in 2002, TiVo launched in the UK. It didn’t do too well, and the company pulled out of the UK market, but continued to support those customers who had bought their product… Until now. Nine years later, those original UK TiVo customers are up in arms about the fact that TiVo are planning to stop supporting the backend, essentially turning their boxes into paperweights. Given the current financial problems TiVo Australia seems to find itself in, could this be a sign of things to come?

Is TiVo Dying In Australia?

Given it has the financial backing of the Seven Network and a brand name known around the world, you’d expect TiVo to be a huge hit here in Australia. But a report in The Register by Natalie Apostolou indicates that the TiVo’s licensee here in Australia, Hybrid TV, has cut back the local office to just five staff and the company’s in advanced talks to offload the product to IPTV rival FetchTV.

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