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Topic # 7468 17-Apr-2006 17:40
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Does anyone know of Ethernet ready DVD/HDD recorders? Idealy it would be DHCP compliant with onboard FTP server, so I could off load content directly to PC in MPeg. At the moment I'm transferring from DVD-RAM to a PC, and coverting to MPeg. Why? No, nothing grubby, just putting TV programs on my Palm for watching in transit.

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  Reply # 33403 19-Apr-2006 17:55
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The only manufacturer that I am aware of that does is Toshiba (Panasonic used to make one (DMR-E500H) in 2004, but I don't think it is available anymore). This year's model (RD-XS55) should be out in a few months, though I am not sure whether it will be available in New Zealand. I know the current model (RD-XS54) has most of the networking features disabled for Western countries. In Japan I'm pretty sure the FTP server is accessible for file transfers but due to copyright issues in other markets it is inaccessible.

See: http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/dvr/product.asp?model=rd-xs54

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  Reply # 33425 19-Apr-2006 22:11
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You can get the Panasonic DMR-E500 in New Zealand (or used to be able to) with had an ethernet port.  Of course there is also a Tivo, which can be accessed using FTP over a LAN, they come up on trademe every now and then, or you can import one from the USA.

If your in Auckland, Stereo World seem to be the best place for the DVD Recorders.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 33453 20-Apr-2006 08:08
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timbosan: You can get the Panasonic DMR-E500 in New Zealand (or used to be able to) with had an ethernet port.  Of course there is also a Tivo, which can be accessed using FTP over a LAN, they come up on trademe every now and then, or you can import one from the USA.

If your in Auckland, Stereo World seem to be the best place for the DVD Recorders.


Thanks,

I was in there on the weekend, I'll pop back in and have a look. ps. they had very good prices on the Panasonic PTAE900.



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  Reply # 33461 20-Apr-2006 10:20
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timbosan: You can get the Panasonic DMR-E500 in New Zealand (or used to be able to) with had an ethernet port.  Of course there is also a Tivo, which can be accessed using FTP over a LAN, they come up on trademe every now and then, or you can import one from the USA.

If your in Auckland, Stereo World seem to be the best place for the DVD Recorders.


Gave them a call, and althought he DMR-E500 has ethernet it is only for streaming accross the network, and does not allow direct access to the hard drive content. :-(

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  Reply # 33473 20-Apr-2006 11:12
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DVD Player with ethernet, plays files off your PC (not the other way around though): KiSS DP-1500 (DVD/DivX)

http://www.expansys.co.nz/product.asp?code=131748

You could always go down the route of having a HTPC, which records programmes onto it's hard drive, and then that would be accessable over the network.  Using MythTV on Linux is free and well documented on the Internet, plus means you don't have to go with Windows Media Centre (the other option).  You wouldn't need a top spec PC either.

The DMR-E500 does have some sort of connectivity between PC and recorder, but I am only basing this on what I have read.  I have a DVD recorder at home with a HD and DVD-RAM, I just copy from the HD->DVDRAM->PC, bit convoluted but it works.  Apparently video sent between the E500 and a PC is in MPEG4 format, which I gather is not the same quality as that which is stored on the recorder.


Looks like a Tivo or HTPC is the only way to go.




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  Reply # 33476 20-Apr-2006 11:24
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timbosan:

DVD Player with ethernet, plays files off your PC (not the other way around though): KiSS DP-1500 (DVD/DivX)

http://www.expansys.co.nz/product.asp?code=131748

You could always go down the route of having a HTPC, which records programmes onto it's hard drive, and then that would be accessable over the network.  Using MythTV on Linux is free and well documented on the Internet, plus means you don't have to go with Windows Media Centre (the other option).  You wouldn't need a top spec PC either.

The DMR-E500 does have some sort of connectivity between PC and recorder, but I am only basing this on what I have read.  I have a DVD recorder at home with a HD and DVD-RAM, I just copy from the HD->DVDRAM->PC, bit convoluted but it works.  Apparently video sent between the E500 and a PC is in MPEG4 format, which I gather is not the same quality as that which is stored on the recorder.


Looks like a Tivo or HTPC is the only way to go.



DVD HDD --> DVD-RAM --> PC -- converter- -> Mpeg --> Palm is the current process. I'm looking for a way of reducing these steps. MPeg quality is not an issue as I'm watching the content on a 480 x 320 screen.

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