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Toshiba unveils TiVo DVD player

The SD-H400, which is slated to ship in April for $549, will include a bundled set of DVR features from TiVo. Toshiba said the player is the first to combine progressive scan DVD with TiVo technology.

The 80GB SD-H400 is a TiVo Series2 DVR that includes the TiVo Basic service. This includes the ability to pause, fast forward and rewind live television; 3 days of electronic program guide; and manual recording capability by time and channel. No subscription fees are required. Consumers can also upgrade to the full TiVo service, which includes additional features.

In addition, the Toshiba SD-H400 is capable of incorporating the new TiVo Home Media Option package. Available from TiVo as an upgrade via phone or broadband connection, the Home Media Option adds home networking capabilities to the player. Via the SD-H400’s USB port, consumers can connect to their wired or wireless home network and PC.

The Home Media Option allows users to stream digital music files from a PC or Mac to their TV or home entertainment system; view digital photos through the TV; and schedule recordings to their TiVo DVR from anywhere they can access the Internet.

It also allows connection to another TiVo Series2 DVR within the home, enabling for example, consumers to view a program on the TiVo DVR in the bedroom that was recorded in the family room and vice versa.

As a DVD player, the Toshiba SD-H400 is equipped with a 10bit/54mHz Video D/A converter. It can also playback DVD-R and RW, Video CD, CD, CD-R and RW as well as MP3s.