Hard Disk Recorder Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
DVD Recording: The Pioneer DVR-810H
can record on DVD-R (record once) and DVD-RW (rewritable) discs; this recorder is compatible with DVD-R discs with write speed ratings as high as 4X, and it is compatible with DVD-RW discs with write speed ratings as high as 2X. Only programs 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 inputs. The Now Playing list is stored on the internal 80GB hard drive.
After the content has been copied to the hard drive, it can be transferred to a
DVD. The DVR-810H features up to 18x record speed (when using a 4X blank disc),
so you'll be able to dub a 1-hour program to DVD in basic EP quality mode in
just over 3 minutes.
Note: You cannot record
copy-protected video including DVD-Video discs and some satellite
D/A Converter: This unit uses
a 27MHz/9-bit video digital-to-analog converter.
Progressive Scan Output with
Faroudja's DCDi: This unit has a progressive scan output featuring
Faroudja's patented Directional Correlational Deinterlacing (DCDi). This
technology applies new motion adaptive deinterlacing that prevents the
introduction of motion artifacts and jagged edges from video signals that
originated from video cameras (such as with sporting events, live camera feeds
and music videos). The result is a sharper, noise-free picture with finer
details. Video images are displayed with optimum naturalness and color
reproduction with less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than traditional
interlaced scanned pictures.
Audio D/A Converter: The DVR-810H has a 96kHz/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.
MP3 Playback: The DVR-810H will
play CD-R and CD-RW discs containing MP3 audio files recorded in ISO 9660 Level
1/Level 2, Romeo or Joliet formats. MP3 files with a compression rate from
32-320 kbps are supported.
Dynamic Range Compression: This
function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear
quieter dialogue without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can turn
Dynamic Range Compression on or off.
3D Noise Reduction: If the
output is set to progressive, this feature allows you to reduce the amount of
noise in the video signal.
Lock Function: You can select a parental control rating from
0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
Disk Recorder Features
addition to the progressive-scan DVD player/recorder, the DVR-810H features an
80GB TiVo Series2 hard disk recorder.
Basic Service: The DVR-810H includes built-in TiVo Basic
Service, allowing you to enjoy basic TiVo features right out of the box,
with no subscription fees. TiVo Basic Service allows you to control live TV and
record programs on a specific channel at a specific time, much like a VCR. TiVo
Basic Service also includes an on-screen interactive program guide that provides
up to 3 days of information on your favorite upcoming programs.
If you have two program sources connected to this unit, you must upgrade to
TiVo Plus service to use them with full TiVo functionality. For example, if
you have a system that feeds satellite and antenna signals, satellite and
cable signals (without a cable box), or satellite and cable signals (with a
cable box) to this unit, you must upgrade to TiVo Plus service to use them
with full TiVo functionality. TiVo Basic Service will not provide program
guide info for two sources.
Plus Service: At any time, you can upgrade to full TiVo
functionality by subscribing to TiVo Plus Service. TiVo Plus brings you the
- 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 DVR-810H. 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 DVR-810H 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 DVR-810H to a home network that includes a shared broadband Internet
Video Recording Quality: The DVR-810H
lets you choose one of the following levels of video recording quality: Extreme
(Fine), High (SP), Medium (LP), or Basic (EP). Basic quality takes up about
one-third the space of Extreme (Fine) quality.
Home Media Option: The DVR-810H
is capable of incorporating TiVo's Home Media Option feature package, which
opens the door to cool 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. It turns the DVR-810H into a full-fledged digital
media server that 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
Multibrand Remote: The
supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions
on other brands of components, including TVs and A/V stereo systems.
and Outputs Notes
RF Input and Output: The DVR-810H
has a threaded coax jack to accept signals from your local cable company or a TV antenna, and there is a threaded coax jack that will pass cable/antenna signals to your television. The RF output connection is a bypass output, so only live cable and antenna signals are provided by that output.
Note: For TiVo and DVD output, you must use a composite video, S-video or component video output; TiVo and DVD signals are not passed by the RF bypass output. If your television does not have a composite video, S-video or component video input, you will need to use an optional RF modulator to pass TiVo and DVD signals to your television.
A/V Input: In addition to the
A/V outputs, the DVR-810H has two A/V inputs, A/V Input 1 and A/V Input 2. A/V
Input 1 has the following jacks: left and right RCA audio, RCA composite video,
and S-video. A/V Input 2 has the following jacks: left and right RCA audio and
RCA composite video.
Phone Line: An RJ-11 jack is
used to connect the DVR-810H to a phone line for accessing the TiVo Service (a
25' phone cord is supplied).
USB: The DVR-810H has a
full-size USB jack, allowing you to connect the unit to your wired or wireless
home network and PC. (A USB network adapter is required.)
Serial and IR Outputs: Using
the supplied Serial (Data) Control cable, the Serial minijack allows you to
connect the DVR-810H to a DirecTV receiver. Once the connection is made, the DVR-810H
can change channels and control the receiver. If your receiver does not have a
serial port, you can use the IR minijack, which allows you to connect the
supplied IR Control cable to control the DirecTV receiver.