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Digital Video Recorder that would play DiVX

Last Modified: 2010-07-27
Hi there
I have Sky Digital, but not the plus service that provides a digital video recorder.
I'd like to get a Digital Video Recorder with a hard drive that'd also be network connectable and that would also show DiVX movies.
It has to be network connectable so that I can transfer files to it from my pc and watch the movies on my TV. What would you suggest?
The alternative would be a PC with a digital capture card, but I don't want to be bothered with a PC, I just want something simple.
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well. http://www.neurosaudio.com/   this recorder is quite a device...

The problem with being network accessible AND play divx you are really looking for a Computer...

what you may want to do is what markps suggested and just build or buy a computer and add a tv tuner and that should do everything you wanted.

 If you check the screenshots from MythTV.org you'll be amazed with what it can do...

  If your can get a video card with TV output you won't need a monitor.. just plug your cable to the computer then computer to tv. And you'll still be able to play dvds on the same device.

  You can buy a quite small form factor computer like one of those micro towers.

  You set your set top box computer to suspend on idle just like a laptop so whenever you want to watch tv you just hit the power key and in no time you are up and running.

   MythTv (and others of the kind) looks very similar to a DVR and you can even buy a generic remote control and you'll be all set..

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/5ca2/   <-volume knob
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/5a20/   <-Remote control
    Network it with your computer and you'll be able to grab the files from the network...

You can use http://www.videolan.org/  to streem the DRV over your home network.!

HEY it's getting fancy! :o)


I definitely don't want to do it with a pc.
there are hardware devices out there that record and play tv output onto their built-in hard disks (PVR / DVRs)
there are also hardware devices out there that access pictures / movies through the LAN and play them on the TV.
isn't there a hardware devices that combines these functions?
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