DVD Recorder Features
Hard Drive Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
The Toshiba RS-TX60 Digital Media Server (DMS) is a DVD recorder with a
built-in 160GB hard disk drive with the TiVo Service. You can receive and record
over-the-air and cable NTSC television broadcasts on its built-in tuner,
satellite broadcasts and cable TV from external set-top boxes, as well as audio
and video from a VCR or camcorder. Recordings made on the hard disk drive can be
saved (recorded) to blank DVDs. It cannot be used to record Digital TV, other
non-NTSC signals, and copy-protected DVDs or video tapes. Note: The unit
is equipped with TiVo Basic Service. You can upgrade by subscription to TiVo
Plus Service and the TiVo Home Media Option.
DVD Recorder Features
DVD Recording: The RS-TX60
Digital Media Server
can record on DVD-R (record once) and DVD-RW (rewritable) discs. This recorder is compatible with DVD-R
Version 2.0 and Version 2.0/4x discs, and DVD-RW Version 1.1 and Version 1.1/2x discs. Only programs
stored on the 160GB Hard Disk Drive in the Now Playing list can be copied to a DVD. The Now Playing list
can contain content recorded from live TV or from a component connected to the
A/V or DV inputs.
Note: You cannot record
copy-protected video including DVD-Video discs and some satellite
Playback: The DMS can playback 8 cm. or 12 cm.
DVD-Video, DVD-R, and DVD-RW discs. It can also play Audio CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
discs, plus JPEG photo and MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW
MP3/WMA Playback: The RS-TX60 will
play CD-R and CD-RW discs containing MP3 and WMA audio files recorded in ISO 9660 Level
1/Level 2, Romeo or Joliet formats. It can also read music playlists that are in
the most common format, m3u. It can play MP3 and WMA files recorded at most any
compression rate, however, a bit rate of 128 kbps or higher is recommended.
JPEG Photo CD Playback: You can
use the Digital Media Server to view JPEG digital photos recorded onto a CD.
Photos can be sorted alphabetically, by date taken, or by the date modified,
with or without subfolders. Photos can be rotated 90° clockwise or
counter-clockwise for correct orientation. Slide shows can be presented in their
sorted order or in random order at a pre-selected interval. You can also set the
slide show to repeat after the last photo is viewed.
D/A Converter: This unit uses
a 54MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter.
Digital Cinema Progressive:
Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive 3/2 Pulldown process delivers smooth,
film-like images to any progressive scan compatible television via the component
Audio D/A Converter:
The RS-TX60 has a 192kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter for
superb audio reproduction.
Digital Audio Output Capabilities: You
can select a sampling frequency output setting of "96 kHz to 48 kHz"
or "96 kHz". When set to "96 kHz to 48 kHz", the audio
signals are always converted to 48 kHz/16-bit. When set to "96 kHz",
all types of signals, including 96 kHz/24-bit, are output in their original
format. However, if the signal is encrypted for copyright protection purposes,
the signal is only output as 48 kHz/16-bit.
Watching Live TV: While
watching live TV, the DMS simultaneously records the program onto the hard
drive. This allows you to pause live TV for up to 30 minutes and resume watching
the program from where you left off. You can also rewind or fast forward through
the saved portion of the program at three different speeds, or playback in slow
motion or one frame at a time in either direction. If you miss a line of dialog
or want to view something again, the Instant Replay feature will instantly show
the previous eight seconds of the program. Once you've viewed a recorded
portion, you can instantly advance the program to catch up with the live
broadcast. If you change channels, the saved portion of the previous channel is
lost, and a new recording begins on the new channel. Note: You cannot
watch live TV while another channel is being recorded, unless you have split
your cable/antenna signal to a VCR or TV as well as the Digital Media Server.
Watching Pre-recorded Programs: While
watching a pre-recorded program, you can pause, rewind or fast forward (at one of
three speeds), watch in slow motion or frame-by-frame in either direction,
Instant replay, or advance instantly to the end of the program. You can even
begin to watch a program from the beginning even if it hasn't completely
finished recording. If you decide to stop viewing the program to watch another
program or turn off the system, you can resume playback from the point where you
left off. Unlike a VCR, you can watch a pre-recorded program at the same time
another program is being recorded.
High Speed Picture Search: You
can search forward or backward through a program in one of three speeds: 3x, 18x
or 60x normal speed.
Recording Time: You can record
up to 200 hours of programming on the unit's 160GB hard drive. The total recording
time depends on the Recording Quality you select--the higher the Recording
Quality, the less total recording time you will have:
to 200 hours
to approx. 133 hours
Talk Shows, Animation
to approx. 100 hours
to approx. 67 hours
Saving to VCR: To make room for
future recordings, you can archive recorded programs by dubbing them from the
unit to a standard VCR. This is done in real time--no high
speed dubbing is available. Note: While Saving to VCR, you cannot watch
another program at the same time. You can, however, record a program while
saving a previously recorded program to VCR.
Deleting Programs: Once you
have viewed a pre-recorded program, you can delete it from the memory to make
room for future programs. As the memory gets close to capacity, programs will
automatically be deleted to make room for future recordings. Programs can be
"Saved until Deleted", however, a full memory can prevent future
programs from being recorded.
Program Banner and Status Bar: Whenever
you watch a live or pre-recorded show a banner will display the program's title,
running time and rating for about 5 seconds. The program banner can be switched
between large, medium or small, depending upon the amount of information you
want displayed. When you use playback functions such as pause, fast forward or
rewind, a status bar appears indicating the position of the program you are
currently in (example: Minute 14 of a 30-minute program).
Basic Service: TiVo Basic service allows you to control live TV (pause, fast
forward, instant replay), and record programs from a specific channel at a
specific time (much like a VCR) to "Now Playing". It also includes an on-screen
interactive program guide that provides information on your favorite shows. In
addition, Showcases and TiVolution Magazine help you choose which programs to
record. There is no charge for the TiVo Basic service.
TiVo Plus Service: You can
upgrade to TiVo Plus service, available by subscription for $12.95 a month, or
you may pay a one time fee of $299 to receive service for the life of the unit.
The TiVo Plus service provides access to smart, automatic-recording features
- Season Pass Recordings:
allows you to automatically record every episode of your favorite series,
all season long, even if the schedule changes
- WishList Searches: allows
you to find and record programs by actor, director, sports team, etc.
- Search by Title: allows you
to browse for shows by title, filter by genre (like "Comedy"), and
- Interactive 14-Day Program
Guide: allows you to instantly schedule recordings from an on-screen
guide that includes detailed show summaries, ratings, etc.
- More Smart Features: TiVo
Plus skips reruns, tracks schedule changes, and more
Central: Almost everything you do with the TiVo service will
start in TiVo Central; you can set up recordings, watch programs, read messages
from the TiVo service, and access special Showcases featuring entertaining and
Status Bar: When you use
playback functions, a status bar appears indicating the position of the program
you are currently in.
Channel Banner: Whenever you
watch a live or pre-recorded show, a channel banner will momentarily display
program information. You can choose from the following versions of the channel
banner: Small (current time and channel), Medium (adds the title, running time,
and rating), or Large (adds program description and icon).
Recording a Live Program: You
can always record the program you're watching by pressing the record button. Up
to 30 minutes of programming from the current channel is always being saved,
even when you are not recording a program.
Now Playing: Now Playing lists
all the programs stored on the Digital Media Server. As soon as a recording begins, it
appears at the top of the list. You can watch any title in Now Playing, even one
that is still being recorded.
Pick Programs to Record: With
TiVo Basic Service, you can schedule a manual recording on a specific channel at
a specific time (just as you would with a VCR). You can also program a recording
to repeat every week, every day, or every weekday.
To Do List: The To Do List
shows all your scheduled recordings and lets you cancel or edit them.
Messages: This list contains
messages from the TiVo service and alerts from the unit itself.
Parental Controls: You can use
TV Parental Controls to set limits on television and movie ratings for any
programs in live TV or Now Playing, and to lock specific channels so that a
password is required to view them. You can use DVD Parental Controls to set
limits on movie ratings for DVDs.
Daily Phone Call: To receive
the latest programming information and software upgrades, the DMS will
automatically make a daily phone call. This call typically takes about 5-10
minutes, and often occurs late at night. In most areas, there is a local access
number. In areas where there is not a local access number, a long distance call
is required for each update, and you will be billed for long distance calling.
You can also use the Internet for updates. To accomplish this, you must connect
the DMS to a home network that includes a shared broadband Internet
Home Media Option: The DMS
is capable of incorporating TiVo's Home Media Option feature package, which
opens the door to innovative networked home A/V entertainment possibilities. The Home
Media Option is a software upgrade you can download from TiVo via a dial-up or
broadband Internet connection. The Digital Media Server connects via USB port to your wired or wireless home network
and PC. (A USB network adapter is required.) Purchasing the Home Media Option
adds these features:
- Remote Scheduling: allows
you to schedule recordings of shows anytime and anywhere you have Internet
access and a standard web browser
Digital Music Player: allows
you to stream MP3 files from a PC or Mac for playback through your TV or
home A/V system
- Digital Photo Viewer: allows
you to view digital photos on your TV
- Multi-room Viewing: gives
you the ability to connect to another TiVo Series2 DVR elsewhere in your
home for program-sharing between the two units
Front Panel Controls: Unlike
most TiVo units, the RS-TX60 has front panel controls. When playing a DVD or a
CD, you can use the front panel buttons to Play, Pause, Stop, Skip Up/Dn and
Open/Close the disc tray. For playing back recorded programs or live TV, you can
use the TiVo button to go to TiVo Central or Now Playing. The Select button
corresponds to the 4-way directional arrows and Select function on the supplied
remote, and lets you highlight and select menu choices.
Front Panel Display: When
playing a DVD or CD, the digital display indicates the title, track, and chapter
information, along with elapsed or remaining time. While watching live TV or
pre-recorded programs, it displays the current time. The brightness of the
display can be adjusted or turned off.
Remote Control: The
supplied infrared remote controls this unit, plus basic controls of many brands
of TVs (power, volume, TV input, mute) and A/V receivers (volume and mute). The unit is
pre-coded for most brands of TVs and receivers. By using the supplied control
cables (Serial or IR), the unit can control compatible cable boxes and satellite
Code Search: If non of the
codes listed allow you to control your TV or receiver, you can perform a code
search to find the correct code.
and Outputs Notes
Front Panel Inputs: For
convenience, the DMS features a set of front panel A/V inputs (stereo RCA audio,
composite and S-Video) and a DV input (IEEE 1394 or i.LINK). You can connect a
VCR or camcorder to the A/V inputs for dubbing non-copyright protected tapes to
the hard drive and eventually to a DVD. The DV input lets you connect a DV-compatible
digital camcorder for a high-quality video and audio transfer. When dubbing from
camcorder or VCR to the DMS, the recorder gives you a 15-second countdown before
recording begins to give you ample time to start playback of the camcorder or
Line Inputs and Outputs: You
can input the audio and video signals from a cable box or satellite receiver via
the line input jacks (Stereo audio RCA,
composite video and S-Video jacks). The unit provides one A/V output for
connecting to a TV, including stereo RCA audio, composite, S-Video, and Color
Stream Pro component video jacks. The component video jacks are capable of
outputting a progressive scan video signal to an HD-ready TV.
Digital Audio Output: The DMS
features a TosLink optical digital output for connecting the unit to a Dolby
Digital/DTS-capable A/V receiver for 5.1-channel surround. Note: The
digital audio jack only outputs Dolby Digital, DTS, or PCM audio signals from
Serial Control Out/IR Control Out:
The unit features 1/8" mini-jacks
for use with supplied Serial Control cable and IR Control cable. The Serial
Control cable can change the channels on many DirecTV satellite receivers and
some cable boxes. If your satellite receiver or cable box does not have a serial port you can use this unit's IR blaster to
control the receiver or cable box.
USB: Two full-size USB jacks
(USB-A) are provided for use with the Home Media Option.
Phone Line: One RJ-11 jack is
provided to plug in a phone line for accessing the TiVo Service (a 25' phone
cord is supplied).
RF Input and Output:
Signals entering the DMS at the RF Input jack are passed through the DMS to
the RF Output jack. No TiVo service functionality is available from the RF
output. If your TV does not have A/V inputs, you will need an RF modulator in
order to use the TiVo service. Note: In order to watch a program while recording
another, you must split the RF signal and feed the TiVo unit and the TV