A recent survey reveled that 1 in 5 teens have never used a VHS. Seeing as DVD's have now been around for about 13 years, we were actually surprised that many had been exposed to this now archaic format….
Wasn't expecting this; the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) have released their figures for the gloomy recessionary year of 2009, and while many industries were hit hard by the economic downturn, VHS sales were up from 44,377 in 2008 to 95,201…
Are you the technological whizz-kid of your household? Know your component cable from your HDMI, or have reached a zen-like level of interconnectivity between all of your social networks so that half the world knows what you're doing at any…
Digital Vision has launched the GiGo DV-DTR1 Digital Freeview recorder – the first USB stick based recorder on the market.
It’s basically a single tuner Freeview receiver, with the usual EPG you’d expect on a Freeview box, that has three USB ports on the front of it. Users can record programmes using the EPG direct to any storage device plugged in to one of the slots.
Programmes are recorded in MPEG-2 format with an hour’s worth of programming taking up about 2GB. The file name is taken directly from the EPG and programme synopsis is also copied.
Playback is via the GiGo or via any device that supports MPEG-2, meaning you can take your recorded programmes with you on the move.
Robert Musk told Tech Digest (well, me) that he sees the GiGo box as a direct replacement for people who were comfortable recording onto VHS but haven’t got to grips with Freeview recorders and personal planners yet although, to be honest, the GiGo doesn’t look any easier to use than a standard Freeview recorder.
The GiGo DV-DTR1 will be available in Tesco from September for £69.99 initially, although this will probably drop to £59.99. The cheapest Freeview reorder I could find on the Tesco website was £87.89 for a 250GB DigiHome model meaning the GiGo could be a good entry-level Freeview recorder.
You need this in your life.
It’s an old VCR, modded with the innards of a toaster so that any bread you put in will be lightly browned. Best of all, the toast gets “VHS” stamped on it.
I’m waiting for a version where an old NES is modded, so that you can toast in that. It’d be the exact inverse mod of the Nintoaster. Here’s a video of the toaster VCR in action:
(via Craziest Gadgets)
Panasonic announced its latest line of Blu-ray players. The DMP-BD60 and DMP-BD80 offer all the latest features you’d expect from a decent player, including full high definition audio format decoding, upconversion of standard definition DVDs, VIERA Link and 24p processing, as well as VIERA Cast which allows access to Amazon’s video-on-demand service.
There’s also P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD) which gives a superior picture by processing over 15 billion pixels per second, PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, and 96kHz surround re-mastering of audio…
Given that you can pick up a four port USB hub for about five quid these days, there’s no economic value in converting an old VHS cassette tape into one (particularly as you need to buy a USB hub to make it work anyway, but for sheer nostalgia, and for the dream of clogging up your desk with a great big hub rather than a tiny one, this project could be for you.
Mention “hot glue” and “soldering equipment” and I’m running — at least for a small project like this — but if it’s your thing, head over to the Instrucables web site and give it a go…
Can I interest you in a VHS player? Ok, you might not want just any player, but how about one with USB connectivity?…
Just when you thought you could settle down for a quiet CES safe in the knowledge that the high definition disc format war was at stalemate for at least another six months or so, Warner go and scrap HD DVD,…
Although standard definition DVD sales also slumped by around 5% in the same period, due mainly to a weak bunch of new releases, the dominant disc format is hardly challenged by these findings.
Sales of pre-recorded video tapes are all but non-existent now, with most consumers preferring the greater convenience, features, quality, and smaller form factor of DVDs.