I have been into a few electronic goodies stores of late. When approached by the sales person, I just tell them that I am looking and they go away........well, mostly they go away.
I have realised that I need to write a list of my requirements for the newest techno beast for the highrise.
Tivo has been released in Australia, although commercial television interests have made sure it is a pared down version. I have judged Tivo as paying a bit extra for the name, and it does perhaps more than what we need and it is nearly $800. I am not interested in the Foxtel machine, as we would have to get cable tv, and I am just a poor worker who can't afford such luxuries.
Feel free to give advice and/or information. Below is what I need the machine to do.
1/ Either have a built in video player to transfer videos to dvd, or a reasonably simple plug and record system from our existing vcr.
2/ The highrise can presently record 16 hours of tv on two video machines at long play. Even when we were off on a long holiday and recorded eight hours, we never go around to watching it all. Anything more than 16 hours is superfluous and it does not have to be at high quality.
3/ I like what I hear when I hear that you can record a program and catch it up when you get home not long after the show has started, even while recording another. So that it three things happening.
4/ There may be an occasion when I want to burn a tv program from the hard drive to a dvd, so it would need that capacity at least and given point #1, it would.
I don't think we need anything too flash and it should not cost us more the a couple of hundred dollars.
What you reckon?