This unit is a hard-drive video and stereo audio recorder which can be used to
record over the air NTSC television broadcast, satellite broadcasts, and cable
TV. It can not be used to record DTV or other non-NTSC signals or Dolby
Digital and, due to Macrovision support, can not be used to record
copy-protected DVDs or video tapes. MPEG-II compression is used.
Total recording time depends on the speed you select (the higher the speed the
higher the quality and the less total recording time you will have).
Recorded programs can be archived by recording from the unit to a standard
VCR. Note that unlike a standard VCR you can not record a show while
simultaneously watching another channel of live television, although you can
watch a pre-recorded show while you record another show. Watching a live
show while another channel is being recorded requires the use of an optional A-B
switch (not supplied)
Local Access Numbers: This unit
should always be connected to a phone line in order to download the channel
guide and update the unit's software. When the unit is connected it will attempt
to find a local telephone number. In most cases there will be a local
number HOWEVER if a local number is not available in your area each and
every call made by this unit will result in long distance charges. Please
note that an 800 number is not available with this unit, so it is extremely
important that a customer verify that the number being dialed in his area is not
a long distance call.
ReplayTV Service: Although this
service is not required, without it the unit will have extremely limited
functionality. You will be able to pause live TV, and record current shows. You will not have
program data, program search, software updates or many other features of this
unit. The service is free and is included with the price of each unit you
purchase. The typical daily call to ReplayTV Service takes about 5 - 10 minutes, however, when new software is being
downloaded the call may
take an hour or more.
Replay Menus: Most of the
functions of this unit are accessed through on-screen menus. After you
select the local channels (based on your zip code) the unit will store
information on each program you can receive for up to about 7 days in advance.
You can deselect any channel that you either do not watch or do not receive
(such as premium channels that you do not receive). These menus allow you to
surf through listings with information on each program and to record or watch a
- Channel Guide: Shows you live
channels with information on each show. 7 channels are displayed on one
screen and you can scroll through the different channels, go forwards for
about 7 days and go backwards for about 1 day (to see what shows have
already played although, of course, these shows can no longer be
recorded). This menu allows you to record a show that is currently
playing, record a single upcoming show, record multiple episodes of one
show, cancel a recording or set the recording speed. You can also select
whether a show is "guaranteed" which will reserve space for that
show or "non-guaranteed" which will record a show if enough space
- ReplayZones: Shows categories of
shows from the Replay Service. Shows are organized into various
categories such as shows which are on in the current month, Movies, Sci-Fi,
Travel, Biography, Award Winners, Style and selections from various
networks. You can see which shows are scheduled to be recorded and create a
Zone which will automatically record these shows for you in the
future. You can also select just one show to be recorded. You can also
create a Theme channel based on keywords that you enter or a Show Channel
which will record episodes of TV shows that you have selected.
- Replay Guide: Shows you all shows
that have been recorded and shows which are going to be recorded. This
submenu is where you go to watch any shows you have recorded.
- Messages: Allows you to view
messages sent by the ReplayTV Service such as new software features or new
local numbers that may have been added.
- Find Shows: Displays an on-screen
keyboard which allows you to enter words to conduct searches. The searches
can be made on Actors, Directors, Show Titles and Descriptions and a Theme
channel can be created which will record all shows which contain the search
- Setup: Allows
you to add or remove channels, change the default record options, change the
brightness of the display or change the dialing and input settings.
Play features: While watching
live TV or a prerecorded program you can pause the show (on live TV the
maximum pause time is 10 hours), rewind or fast forward (2X, 4X, 16X or 20X), frame
advance forward, instant replay (plays the last 7 seconds of the current program,
multiple presses move you further back in 7 second increments), slow motion
(forward only, can select 2X or 3X), QuickSkip which fast forwards 30 seconds at
a time except for when watching a live broadcast or Return to Live (which, if you're watching live TV forwards you to the
current point of the broadcast).
Program Banner and Icons: Whenever
you watch a live or pre-recorded show a banner will display the program's title,
running time and rating for a few seconds and when you use play functions such
as pause an icon appears showing the feature being
used. You can display information on the show you are watching at any
time by pressing the display button.
Capacities and Conflicts: You
can select one of 3 recording speeds. Extended gives you a maximum of 30
hours, Medium gives you a maximum of 15 hours and High gives you a maximum of 10
hours. The faster
the recording time the better the picture quality and shorter the recording
time. Recordings can be set to be either "guaranteed" in which
case space will immediately be set aside for them, or non-guaranteed, in which
case the show will be recorded only if space is available. Show-based
Replay channels take priority over Theme-based Replay channels. Note that once a program is deleted
it can NOT be recovered.
V-Chip and Closed Caption
capability: This unit will support both V-Chip parental control and Closed
Captioning if the Television on which it is being displayed supports these
- The only "controls" on the
front panel are three LEDs, a power LED, a recording LED and a new content
- AC jack for supplied AC cord
- Phone jack: Used to connect to an
analog phone jack to access the ReplayTV Service
- Serial Control out (9-pin): Used
to connect the unit to DBS receivers allowing the unit to change
channels and control the receiver. If your receiver does not have a
serial port you can use this unit's IR blaster to control the receiver.
- IR Control out (minijack): Used to
connect the supplied IR blaster to up to two components such as a satellite set-top box
without a serial port or
a cable box.
- Input 1: Stereo audio
RCA and composite
video. Used to connect a cable box or satellite
receiver to the unit.
- Input 2: Stereo audio RCA, composite
video and S-video input. Used to connect a cable box or satellite
receiver to the unit.
1: Stereo audio RCA and composite
video output. Used to connect a VCR, receiver or Television to the unit.
2: Stereo audio RCA, composite
video and S-video output. Used to connect a VCR, receiver or
Television to the unit.
- RF input: Threaded coax jack for use with televisions, cable boxes, etc. that don't have A/V jacks.
Note that since there is no RF Output you can only use a Television which
only has an RF input if you use a VCR or purchase an optional RF
The supplied remote controls this unit
and will also control a Television, VCR, Satellite receivers (including DirecTV
and Echostar), Cable Boxes, DVD players, LaserDisc players and TV/VCR combos. Up
to 4 components can be controlled and the three component buttons (TV, SAT/CABLE
and VCR/DVD) can be re-assigned to control any of the above mentioned
components. The remote is Multibrand and is precoded for most popular
Power consumption: 28 watts power on,
19 watts power off.
Operating Temperature: +5 to +40
Hard Drive Size: 30 GB
Video Compression: MPEG2
Audio Compression: MPEG1 layer2
Modem speed: 56kbps