DVR Video to Go Open 24 Hours
By Cliff Roth&000;&000;
How personal is a personal video recorder if the recordings aren't portable? Why must such recordings be bound and tied to a component that resides in a living room?
Reasonable, positive answers to these questions are emerging in the marketplace. As a result, custom retailers selecting digital video recorder (DVR) equipment for their clients' homes these days may need to start looking beyond the living room and investigate portable video playback options.
Imagine piling the kids in the family vehicle, leaving for a summer vacation, and grabbing a bunch of the latest episodes of your favorite programs to watch in the car during the long drive (no DVDs required, either). Imagine catching up on missed episodes of favorite shows in a hotel room, or watching 60 Minutes while commuting on a train or bus.
That's the promise DVR Video to Go brings to your customers.
PMP THEIR RIDES
Because DVR Video to Go is a relatively new concept, there are all sorts of levels of quality and convenience available. And because so far only one company has introduced anything close to a complete, "holistic" system combining all necessary elements into a convenient and easy-to-use package, most of today's other options combine equipment and services of different brands. That's where the complexity arises, sometimes requiring "transcoding" of DVR files to make them compatible with the player. There's also a certain openness with this technology, at least for today, that mirrors much of what's going on in the audio MP3 world.
But before we get into some of the finer points, let's first dispense with what we are not talking about here.
There are all sorts of fascinating new options arising in portable video, including pay-per-view and subscription cell phone video, and the ability to download video from the iTunes store and play it on an iPod. These portable video options, however, don't impact the installation of home DVR equipment.