Sony has announced several DVD writers with hard disk storage, two of which will feature GemStar Guide Plus+ electronic programme guide (EPG).
The RDR-HX920, RDR-HX720 and RDR-HX520 contain 250GB, 160GB and 8GB hard drives, respectively. The RDR-HX925 and RDR-HX725 have the same capacity HDDs as the HX920 and HX720, respectively, and add the GemStar support. They also feature an infra-red transceiver to allow them to control a set-top box according to the recording schedule set via the EPG.
All five models offer PVR functionality – you can pause live TV programming and ‘chase’ shows currently being recorded (that means you can watch before the recording has completed). The recorders can save shows in standard mode or long-play mode. According to Sony, long-play means up to 428 hours’ recording time on a 250GB drive.
All the models will hit the stores during April and May, though prices are still not confirmed.
Via The Register