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Pace FTA PVR For Digital Terestrial

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by PeteM, Oct 7, 2002.

  1. PeteM

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    I'm suprised there's been no mention of the new Pace FTA PVR for digital terestrial, announced at Stuff Live this weekend.

    I know a dodgy show but it was only 20 minutes journey for me and I was bored this Sunday - thats my excuse for attending :)

    None functional prototypes where on display along with a promo video, but I asked the people on the stand about it and got the following information:

    - Price £350 SRP
    - Twin digital tuners
    - Twin scarts
    - Ariel passthru
    - 20G harddrive
    - S-Video output - via seperate S-video socket
    - Composite output (from scart)
    - RGB output (from scart)
    - Can pause live tv.
    - Case work is white
    - Front card reader just incase pay tv ever re-appears.
    - Can output from both tuners simultaneously (e.g so can route second tuner to a different TV).
    - ETA mid November.
    - SPDF output for digital audio.

    Basically it appears to be a FTA version of Sky+, obviously without the £10 sky tax that Sky subsriber are forced to pay. Naturally you won't get the fancy EPG thats available with Sky showing a week ahead, so I'd assume this device would be used more like a normal VCR.

    I asked about changing the hardrive like a lot of Sky+ owners seem to do, the person I asked was a bit non comital as its not something they support but suspected it would be possible.
     
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    There has:)


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    I also emailed PACE and made enquires about the HD size and was informed there was no plans for a larger drive in the current design and unlikely there would be an "official" upgrade.
     
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    That explains it - different forum!

    I expect we'll soon be hearing stories about people swapping the hardrive for something more usable. As you can do it for Sky+ I'm sure it will work with this device - the base software for controlling things like the harddrive is probably the same as this reduces deveoplement timescales and costs conciderably.
     
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    I hope so.
    Bitstream recording is the only way to go but you do need a large enough hard drive to make it worthwhile and 20gig is too small considering a DTT user will probably not be a pay movie subscriber and might want to record the odd movie.
     

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