Toshiba announced a new DVD recorder that comes with an integrated harddrive and “networking capabilities”. According the company, consumers can use this feature in the RD-XS54 to schedule a recording via email or use a home PC to program new recordings. The company did not specify whether these networking features are enabled by wireless or wired technology.
The device also integrates a 250 GByte harddrive and is able to burn/read the DVD formats DVD-RAN, DVD-R and DVD-RW. Supported video standards include the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) with up-conversion capability to 720p or 1080i. The device will be available in August of this year for about $700.
Available now is the smaller sibling of the device, the RD-XS34 with a similar feature set, but without networking capability. The device comes with a 160 GByte drive and is priced at $500. (THG)