Toshiba prepares 600GB, network HDD video recorders

Toshiba prepares 600GB, network HDD video recorders

Toshiba will launch a digital video recorder with a 600GB hard disk and liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs that can directly record high-definition images to hard-disk storage units on a LAN, the company has announced.

The RD-X5 video recorder can record up to 1071 hours of video when image and sound quality are set at 1.4Mbps (bits per second), and allow up to nine hours of continuous recording, the company said.

The recorder will go on sale in Japan in November for $US1525).

Overseas sales plans hadn't been decided, a company spokesperson, Midori Suzuki, said.

The RD-X5 can also record to DVD-RAM, DVD-RW (rewritable) and DVD-R (recordable), at writing speeds of 5x, 4x and 8x, respectively.

Toshiba is providing more options for television recording by putting on sale LCD TVs that can record digital high-definition images to hard-disk drives via an Ethernet connection.

The 32-inch and 37-inch LZ150 series TVs can record digital broadcasts to a LAN-connected hard disk, or record analog broadcasts to the same hard disk or a personal computer on the same network.

Analog broadcasts can also be recorded in MPEG-4 format to an SD memory card for viewing on a portable device, such as a multimedia player or cellular telephone.

When linked with a PC, the LZ150 televisions can alert the viewer when email arrives on the computer and then display it on the television screen. The email function supports attached JPEG files and can also be used to program recording from outside the home.

The TVs, and two others recently announced, also support Web browsing via the Ethernet link if an Internet connection is present. Users can browse the Web via an integrated browser, and watch TV programs side by side, simultaneously on a single screen. Internet searching can be done if an external keyboard is attached to the TVs' USB (universal serial bus) ports.

Toshiba has no plans to sell either the LZ150 or LZ100 series outside of Japan, according to Suzuki.

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