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I read about RCA’s DRS7000N box in a “gifts for geeks” article. The product combines a DVD player with a DVR (digital video recorder, also called a personal video recorder). I pulled down the instruction manual. The DVR looks pretty limited compared to some other products on the market. The only reason I noticed it is that there’s no required subscription to a service run by the manufacturer.
The service is Gemstar’s GUIDE Plus+ service. (See a demo at Gemstar’s interactive program guide (IPG) page.) This is the technology that’s bundled with the ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder cards, too, so you might already have some familiarity with it.
To make a long story short, in other words, unlike competitive DVRs, this one is actually a product. Once you buy it, you own it. It’s not like the long-term rent/lease model used by the competition where you have to have an ongoing subscription that gives them the contractual right to change anything at any time.
Is it a coincidence that RCA, a well-known consumer electronics manufacturer, understands that selling a DVR is a lot like selling a souped-up VCR, but that other companies don’t appear to have tickets on the clue train yet?
Do you own a DVR? If so, which one? If you’re a holdout like me, why?