Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Revealed! The massive PVR for television that can hold 26 000 hours of recordings - or 3 years worth of storage space for programming.

It makes MultiChoice's 2 terabyte DStv Explora PVR seem small: the giant 24 terabyte PVR that TiVo in America unveiled today, allowing pay-TV subscribers to record a massive 26 000 hours of recordings, or can hold 3 years' worth of recorded programming.

TiVo unveiled the TV recording monster today which can store a massive 4 000 hours of high definition (HD) programming, or 3 years worth of TV recordings, and can record 6 TV channels at the same time.

The TiVo Mega also enables subscribers to stream whatever they're watching, or recorded and want to watch, to their tablets and cellphones even outside of their homes, wherever they are thanks to built-in transcoding.

Called the TiVo Mega, the PVR comes at a price though - $5 000 (R54 650) which puts it out of reach from all but the wealthiest or most TV obsessed and looks more like a data server stack unit.

"People hate being forced to delete cool stuff from their PVR before they want to, or finding a TV show they had recorded is now gone," says TiVo.

TiVo Mega will become available from the first quarter in 2015. The monster recorder is perfect for people and places that's obsessed with watching television, or television monitoring.

The Independent Communications of Authority of South Africa (Icasa) which is supposed to monitor South African TV channels for local content quotas and other things (but has admitted that it isn't capable to perform this function), as well as the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) would hugely benefit from a device like this for the South African market.