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Microsoft with digital video recorder

Microsoft with digital video recorder

Microsoft wants to present a digital video recorder in addition to the X-Box at CES tomorrow. The recorder is called 'Ultimate TV' and works as a receiver for television programs via satellite.

The device contains two TVs -Tuner and a hard drive. As is customary with digital video recorders, it is then possible to pause the current program at a certain point and then continue it later from this point. During this time, the hard disk works as a buffer and stores the program that has been sent in the meantime. However, no other manufacturer has so far brought a digital video recorder to the market that is equipped with two TV tuners. This allows you to record two programs at the same time, or while you are watching one program, another program is recorded in the background. In addition, while two programs are being recorded, you can play back one that has already been saved. The device from Microsoft should be able to record up to 35 hours of program. Microsoft works with the DirectTV service, the hardware is to be manufactured by Sony and Thomson RCA and the software is developed by the Microsoft TV department. The device also has Internet access, which is implemented via Microsoft's WebTV. The device was not supposed to be on the market until the end of the year, but now it seems that it will be on the market by the end of January. Ultimate TV including a satellite dish costs $ 499 in the US; there are also monthly fees for the Ultimate TV service and DirectTV of around $ 50. The distribution runs through DirectTV and not directly through Microsoft. It is still completely unclear whether the device will also be sold in Europe. In any case, we can look forward to tomorrow's appearance by Bill Gates in connection with the X-Box at CESbe curious.

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