I love my TV. But in my busy family, TV has to take a backseat to life – behind family dinners, putting our toddler to bed on time and planning for the next day.
We rely on our personal video recorder but lately we’ve been stressed about making room. As you may be able to relate, most of our favourite shows are broadcast in high definition and that content takes up more room on our PVR.
One time, my recording of Lost prevented my wife’s favourite, American Idol, from taping. Spoiler alert: It didn’t end well…both for me and her show.
Sound familiar? Well, we’re in luck as Rogers is now selling new HD PVRs with larger hard-drives, including a 500-gigabyte model — the most memory of any such device in Canada.
How big is 500GB? Enough to record and store up to 62 hours of high-def entertainment or 280 hours of standard-definition content (more than 25 full-length HD NHL games or hundreds of Dora the Explorer episodes).
In addition to the super-sized hard-drive, it is Internet Protocol capable, provides resolution up to 1080p, has improved resolution of user-interface screens and new time-based features such as hashmarks to jump forward or backward by 15, 30 or 60 minutes. Click here to read more about Rogers’ new Cisco Explorer 8642HD PVR.
In recent posts, you told us about what you want from your TV-viewing experience. We’re confident that these new PVRs and the upcoming technology and Interactive Programming Guide enhancements later this year will address those requests.
And hopefully, make securing space on you PVR a little less stressful.
Update (April 19, 4:58 pm): The new PVRs also include grey-out functionality. All programming on channels not subscribed to will appear in grey, making it easier for you to browse for programs you’d like to watch and know what channels are not part of your subscription.
Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.