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1. RCA WKB10WB1 UltimateTV-WebTV
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2. RCA DWD490RE DIRECTV/UltimateTV
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3. RCA DS4290RE DIRECTV/UltimateTV
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4. ReplayTV 4040 40-Hour Digital
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5. ReplayTV 4080 80-Hour Digital

1. RCA WKB10WB1 UltimateTV-WebTV Infrared Wireless Keyboard for the RCA DWD490RE
list price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005T3TP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 18205
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Wireless keyboard makes it easier to surf the Internet on your TV
  • Supports UltimateTV and WebTV services
  • Controls most major brands of television
  • Infrared keyboard works anywhere in the line of sight of your receiver or set-top box
  • Runs on 2 AA batteries (not included)

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's Great
I have two different webtv plus receivers. The first purchased in 1999 and the second in 2001.This is the first keyboard that I have found that is compatible with both of my receivers. I especially like the three different colored keys, making it easier for me to avoid errors, especially when hurrying to finish an email.The keys do not become as uncooperative (sticky, just don't always print) as the key boards did that came with the two receivers I have. I would highly recommend this keyboard to anyone seaching for a webtv plus keyboard.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Better Than I Thought
On an earlier review, I stated that you could not get PinP, (picture in picture), with this unit. It states in the manual that PinP is not provided, but you can get it. Press the CMD button and the W button together, for PinP. then press CMD and M together to change the position of the PinP. After realizing this, I'd have to say that I like this keyboard the best, of the different Webtv compatable keyboards. This is really comfortable, when you have to use the keyboard for long periods. ... Read more


2. RCA DWD490RE DIRECTV/UltimateTV Receiver (*See Restrictions)
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005ABEN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 14177
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This is absolutely the best DIRECTV satellite receiver we have everreviewed. Although it has minor flaws, overall the RCA DWD490RE deserves to beat the top of your shopping list if you are looking to upgrade or buy your firstsystem.

Using this satellite receiver, you can record two shows simultaneously or watchone while recording another. Since it has a built-in 35-hour digital videorecorder (DVR), recording is effortless because all the controls are nicelyintegrated. Designers get our cheers for the clean onscreen layout and intuitiveoperation using the supplied remote or optional wireless keyboard. The newlydesigned onscreen guide offers up to 14 days of programming; less expensiveDIRECTV receivers go only as far out as 3 days. You simply highlight a show, gothrough two confirming steps and you're set to record.

Like the TiVo system, UltimateTV lets you control live TV. Since the hard driveis always recording, you can stop a show simply by hitting Pause on the remoteor keyboard. You can do whatever errands called you away, then continue viewing(the pause is guaranteed for 30 minutes). During playback, you can fast-forward(up to 300x) through the commercials--a true gift from the gods. Slow motion andreverse are also available. We found the fast-forward and slow-motion quality tobe superb, in contrast with those features on even the best VCRs. And therecording features of the DWD490RE proved to be quite handy, though we do haveone caveat; while you can record a current show or one scheduled for later,previously broadcast shows cannot be retrieved.

Since the receiver has two tuners, you can also watch two shows at once. Oneshow is full screen while the second is in a smaller picture-in-picture (PIP)window. Unfortunately, you cannot move this window from its lower rightposition, something high-quality TVs with two-tuner PIP have offered foryears.

The DWD490RE also offers the WebTV service, so you can surf the Net and watch aDIRECTV show in the smaller PIP window. WebTV has e-mail and chat (no instantmessaging yet) and parental blocks for screening objectionable sites. The built-in dial-up modem is 56K, making it a bit slow for someone used tobroadband (cable modem) connections.

Although the receiver works using a single RG-6 coaxial cable from the dish, youmust run two cables from a dish with a "dual feedhorn" in order to watch twoshows simultaneously. Feedhorns are devices on the front of dishes that capturesatellite signals. We had to swap out our older 18-inch dish for a newer ovaldish. The two cables were then connected to the back of the unit.

The receiver is a hefty 16.2 pounds and much larger (17 by 3 by 11 inches, WHD)than current DIRECTV receivers. Unlike other DIRECTV receivers, it has two smartcard slots on the front panel; one is supplied and is your DIRECTV/UltimateTVsecurity card. The second slot is for future uses such as gift cards, but we'veyet to be given information as to when they might arrive.

Like all satellite receivers, connections are straightforward. We're veterans atthis, but we checked the well-designed and illustrated setup and user guidesjust to be sure. It has a Dolby Digital output for hookup to a Dolby Digitalaudio-vide receiver to enjoy the cinema soundtracks found on some pay-per-viewand premium movies. The DWD490RE has a parallel printer port on the back butit's not enabled. There are two USB ports but they function only with keyboards,not other devices. Software downloads will eventually be delivered to enhancethese "ports to nowhere"; no timetables were given.

Once the DIRECTV and UltimateTV services were turned on via a toll-free call, itwas time to enjoy all the DWD490RE had to offer, which is plenty. In our view,as a video device for a home entertainment system, the RCA DWD490RE DIRECTVReceiver with UltimateTV Service is without equal. As an Internet access device,with a poky 56K modem, it leaves something to be desired. --David Elrich

Pros:

  • A combo DIRECTV receiver/digital video recorder with Web access
  • Two built-in DIRECTV tuners
  • Excellent onscreen program guide (up to 14 days)
  • Effortless recording up to 35 hours

Cons:

  • Web service is slow (56 Kbps maximum)
  • Picture-in-picture window cannot be moved
  • Printer port not enabled
  • USB ports work only with keyboards
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Features

  • Dual-tuner design lets you watch a show while recording another
  • Access the Internet via your TV
  • Watch 2 shows at once with picture-in-picture
  • Record up to 35 hours of programs onto built-in hard drive
  • Pause or view instant replays of live TV shows; for sale and use only in the 48 contiguous United States

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars Directv's Ultimate TV Receiver by RCA
I've had this unit for nearly 9 months now. It is great. It records up to 35 hours of video and with the dual LNBs, you can record 2 programs while you watch a 3rd previously recorded program. The 30 second Commercial Zapper is another of its great features. I rarely watch live TV anymore. I love being able to pause live TV and to get an immediate 7 second instant replay. This is a terrific devise. My only negative is the [...] a month extra you have to pay Microsoft. If you don't use the Internet feature and I don't, this cost is an aggrevating ripoff. If you don't pay the [...] you loose the video recording capability.

5-0 out of 5 stars TV when you want it
This is so cool, I never watch "live TV" any more. I have had this for over a year now and it is so easy to watch your favorite programs. I can watch a football game in 40 minutes or so. It records entire seasons worth of shows with a touch of the remote (now put away because the wireless keyboard is "it").
The menus are easy to follow, and program guide is also. My VCRs are just clocks now, unless I want to record something to save (how long do tapes last anymore, bring on DVD-R)
Record two programs at once WHILE watching something you recorded earlier.
Pause live tv....you've read all this from others.
I recomend this for anyone who likes to watch tv and does'nt have time for commercials, time-outs, injured player breaks, green flag nascar races (in fast forward mode you can see when the yellow flag comes out) and so much more.

My friend bought a Tivo and this by far a superior product.
As much as I Love this I do have a few problems 1.
more record time, 35 hours is cool but double would be great.
2. sometimes when you fast forward it keeps on going no matter what you press. 3. web tv is sooooo slow and more often than not I can't even get connected.
Enough said, this product can only get better.

1-0 out of 5 stars tuners
tuner stoped working. buy a quality brand not RCA. RCA should be forced to repair these DWD490RE models free because you will have to buy another one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
This is by far the best techo purchase we have ever made. We are always on the go and always missed our favorite shows, but not anymore. The $$$for the Ultimate TV service is easily worth it. We program all our favorite shows for viewing at a more convenient time. When we watch, we can fly by commercials, and if we want to, we can record the program to our VCR or our DVD Recorder for permanent archiving. I love being able to record football games on Sunday, enjoy the whole day out, and watch them later at my leisure. The menu systems are very easy to use, you can do a search by title of the show your looking for and then choose to record the series or just one episode. Truly outstanding, and the picture and sound quality, all pure digital can't be touched.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mine stopped working
I was willing to put up with the often malfunctioning wireless keyboard, remote control and internet, because I really enjoyed the dual tuners and the ability to manage live tv, but after only 1.5 years of ownership it has quite working, and I am being told that I need a replacement. Of course, my warranty has expired, so I have to come up with the money to buy a new one. Tivo this time, of course.:-( ... Read more


3. RCA DS4290RE DIRECTV/UltimateTV Satellite System with Built-In 35-Hour Digital Video Recorder and Free Pro-Installation (*see Terms and Conditions)
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005ABEO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 25800
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This is absolutely the best DIRECTV satellite receiver we have everreviewed. Although it has minor flaws, overall the RCA DS4290RE deserves to beat the top of your shopping list if you are looking to upgrade or buy your firstsystem.

Using this satellite receiver, you can record two shows simultaneously or watchone while recording another. Since it has a built-in 35-hour digital videorecorder (DVR), recording is effortless because all the controls are nicelyintegrated. Designers get our cheers for the clean onscreen layout and intuitiveoperation using the supplied remote or optional wireless keyboard. The newlydesigned onscreen guide offers up to 14 days of programming; less expensiveDIRECTV receivers go only as far out as 3 days. You simply highlight a show, gothrough two confirming steps and you're set to record.

Like the TiVo system, UltimateTV lets you control live TV. Since the hard driveis always recording, you can stop a show simply by hitting Pause on the remoteor keyboard. You can do whatever errands called you away, then continue viewing(the pause is guaranteed for 30 minutes). During playback, you can fast-forward(up to 300x) through the commercials--a true gift from the gods. Slow motion andreverse are also available. We found the fast-forward and slow-motion quality tobe superb, in contrast with those features on even the best VCRs. And therecording features of the DS4290RE proved to be quite handy, though we do haveone caveat; while you can record a current show or one scheduled for later,previously broadcast shows cannot be retrieved.

Since the receiver has two tuners, you can also watch two shows at once. Oneshow is full screen while the second is in a smaller picture-in-picture (PIP)window. Unfortunately, you cannot move this window from its lower rightposition, something high-quality TVs with two-tuner PIP have offered foryears.

The DS4290RE also offers the WebTV service, so you can surf the Net and watch aDIRECTV show in the smaller PIP window. WebTV has e-mail and chat (no instantmessaging yet) and parental blocks for screening objectionable sites. The built-in dial-up modem is 56K, making it a bit slow for someone used tobroadband (cable modem) connections.

The receiver is a hefty 16.2 pounds and much larger (17 by 3 by 11 inches, WHD)than current DIRECTV receivers. Unlike other DIRECTV receivers, it has two smartcard slots on the front panel; one is supplied and is your DIRECTV/UltimateTVsecurity card. The second slot is for future uses such as gift cards, but we'veyet to be given information as to when they might arrive.

Like all satellite receivers, connections are straightforward. We're veterans atthis, but we checked the well-designed and illustrated setup and user guidesjust to be sure. It has a Dolby Digital output for hookup to a Dolby Digitalaudio-vide receiver to enjoy the cinema soundtracks found on some pay-per-viewand premium movies. The DS4290RE has a parallel printer port on the back butit's not enabled. There are two USB ports but they function only with keyboards,not other devices. Software downloads will eventually be delivered to enhancethese "ports to nowhere"; no timetables were given.

Once the DIRECTV and UltimateTV services were turned on via a toll-free call, itwas time to enjoy all the DS4290RE had to offer, which is plenty. In our view,as a video device for a home entertainment system, the RCA DS4290RE DIRECTV System with UltimateTV Service is without equal. As an Internet access device,with a poky 56K modem, it leaves something to be desired. --David Elrich

Pros:

  • A combo DIRECTV receiver/digital video recorder with Web access
  • Two built-in DIRECTV tuners
  • Excellent onscreen program guide (up to 14 days)
  • Effortless recording up to 35 hours
  • Dual-LNB satellite antenna dish included

Cons:

  • Web service is slow (56 Kbps maximum)
  • Picture-in-picture window cannot be moved
  • Printer port not enabled
  • USB ports work only with keyboards
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Features

  • Dual-tuner design lets you watch a show while recording another
  • Access the Internet via your TV
  • Watch 2 shows at once with picture-in-picture
  • Record up to 35 hours of programs onto built-in hard drive
  • Pause or view instant replays of live TV shows; dual-LNB satellite antenna dish included

Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars great product
This is the best you can get for digital video recording. There's no question in comparing this product to Tivo. UTV has a dual tuner, which allows you to watch/record two shows that are on at the same time and it has WebTV integrated with the system. Tivo has none of that, and is about the same in price. Ultimate TV has all the other features Tivo has, including Live TV controls (Pause, rewind, instant replay, slow-mo, frame-by-frame) and 35 hours (5 more than Tivo) of Digital Video Recording. The only drawbacks are that this only works with DirecTV through an exclusive licence, and this unit currently does not have an HDTV converter (although future product upgrades might). Tivo is not compatible with HDTV either. Also, the screen is much more attractive and easier to use that Tivo's. As far as what is currently available on the market for Digital Video Recording and Live TV controls, Ultimate TV has it all and much more.

1-0 out of 5 stars Forget the politics - useless hardware
I bought one of these from a bricks and boards store and (fortunately) bought a replacement extended warranty. My 4th unit since 12/9/01 has just failed entirely. Don't waste your money. Extended warranty or no, I'm ridding myself of this nuisance.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Worked fine for six months, although the only feature I really used was recording on the hard drive. Then the unit quit. I called RCA and after describing the symptoms - continuously blinking power light, no signal - they said the unit was not repairable and, of course, the warranty had expired. They said they would send me a replacement unit for ($$$), to which I reluctantly agreed. They charged my credit card but two months later they still had not shipped the unit. I canceled the order and I'm now looking into buying a DirecTV TiVo. I'm happy to see that Amazon.com no longer carries the RCA product - probably too many complaints.

5-0 out of 5 stars ULTIMATE TV IS ULTIMATE
I PURCHASED A SONY ULTIMATE TV WITHIN A MONTH OF IT BEING INTRODUCED. IT WAS LIKE GETTING YOUR FIRST MICROWAVE OR HEARING DOLBY DIGITAL COMPARED TO MONO BROADCASTS.
I PURCHASED A TIVO JUST TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE AND I AM THANKFUL FOR BEST BUYS LIBERAL RETURN POLICIES, IT WAS NOT BAD BUT ALL I CAN SAY IS "IT AIN'T NO ULTIMATE TV" NEEDLESS TO SAY IT WENT BACK .
I BOUGHT MY SECOND ULTIMATE BOX FOR THE REC ROOM FROM RCA & IT MUST BE IDENTICAL INSIDE BECAUSE THE SCREEN MENUS ETC. ARE THE SAME.THE SONY COSTS MORE & LOOKS BETTER BUT THEY WORK THE SAME.
BOTH MY SONS DECIDED THEY WANTED IN SO THEY BOTH BOUGHT THERE OWN ONE RCA & ONE A SONY.THE COST DOES NOT CHANGE.
I REALLY CAN'T IMAGINE GOING BACK TO NORMAL SATELLITE & TIVO IS A POOR REPLACEMENT IN WHATEVER VERSION THEY COME OUT WITH.
ANYONE CONSIDERING TIVO WILL BE SORRY THEY DID NOT TRY ULTIMATE TV FIRST.
I AM ABLE TO WATCH 2 SHOWS AT ONCE OR RECORD 1 OR BOTH AT THE SAME TIME ETC. I AM ABLE TO GET READY FOR WORK AND COME BACK TO THE TV TO CHECK TWO DIFFERENT CHANNELS FOR THE WEATHER & TRAFFIC REPORTS AND SIMPLY REWIND THEM & WATCH WHEN I AM READY TO WHILE FASTFORWARDNG PAST THE COMMERCIALS.
IN OTHER WORDS IT IS 2X TIVO FOR THE SAME MONTHLY CHARGE.
THE ONLY PROBLEM I SEE IS THERE ARE NO NEW LARGER ULTIMATE TV RECEIVERS BEING MADE. IT IS HARDER TO FIND THE RECEIVERS OTHER THAN THE INTERNET BUT TO ME & MY WHOLE FAMILY IT IS WORTH IT.
I THINK ITS A KEEPER

1-0 out of 5 stars DirecTIVO hands down a WINNER
Dont buy UltimateTV, Microsoft has already denounced that they have entered into the wrong business and should have stuck with their monopoly computer software business. Obviously Microsoft tried to copy every bit of the programming from Tivo as well as ReplayTV. They have realized that they cannot beat Tivo. Tivo has the backing of major brand companies, including AOL Time Warner, Sony, Hughes' DirecTV, Phillips, etc. Check the subscriber base and you can tell Tivo is long and far ahead of the competition. Also it is very very easy to upgrade the Tivo to make it have as much as 300+ hours of recording time. If you know how to add a computer hard drive and know how to type a few lines of code, presto! 300+ hours.

For those who have Ultimate TV and rave about it, try Tivo and you will praise it just as much.

For the person comparing DirecTV with the UltimateTV vs Tivo with Cable, you don't have the slightest idea. Comparisons like that do not work. Satellite feeds vs Cable feeds are totally different. ... Read more


4. ReplayTV 4040 40-Hour Digital Video Recorder (*Includes Lifetime Service Fee)
list price: $699.88
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000632S9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Replay TV
Sales Rank: 26691
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 40-hour digital video recorder
  • Pause live-action TV shows
  • High-quality slow-motion and fast forward effects
  • First DVR with networking ability
  • Skip past annoying ads with Commercial Advance feature

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars The piece of hardware that forever changed my life...
Can you imagine? You're into a really good show, and suddenly your wife starts nagging you about something... the trash, the dog needs to go out, dinner is burning! :D So you hit PAUSE??? Yes! Pause on live TV! Okay, so this is no different than TIVO. What is though is the broadband connection that allows you to send shows over the internet to friends and family, along with the ability to send any type of video you've recorded on the DVR from say your camcorder (forget even trying DVD's... Macrovision won't allow you to do this, as it's enabled on this device: unless of course you buy one of those nice little devices on the net that disables it :D) You can store your own digital photos on this and display them as a slide show screensaver for when your unit is on pause. Going on vacation? Forgot to tell it to record the Drew Carey Show? Hop on the net from anywhere in the world and from www.myreplaytv.com you can program it to record!

Skips commercials (I hate that I pay for TV and have to watch advertising... it's like the networks are getting paid twice for the same thing! I DON'T GET PAID TWICE AT MY JOB!) The major networks are scared to hell of this ability, because it will fundamentally change the market for advertising on television... and they HATE UNPREDICATBILITY AND CHANGE! They want to TELL YOU HOW TO WATCH TV. Then want you to watch what they WANT YOU TO... WHEN THEY WANT YOU TO! Well, now... they can shove primetime right up their rears! Primetime in my house is WHEN I'M READY!

Also, if you buy multiple ReplayTV 4K's, you can network them together and stream shows back and forth from one room to another. www.avsforum.com has a replaytv and showstopper forum which contains a lot of info also on how to pull video files off of your replayTV and then use your CD Burner to write them as VCD's and/or DVD's (if you have a DVD burner) so you can watch them at a later date, without having to use up hard drive space on your computer or replaytv to store it!

If you don't have a TIVO and you were thinking about it... don't even bother. There's no reason you should buy anything other than Sonic Blues' ReplayTV 4K. The only hard decision is WHAT SIZE RECORDING TIME SHOULD I GET?

Nobody tells me what I'm going to do with television services I'm paying to watch. I'll watch them when I choose and commercial free!

5-0 out of 5 stars Converted Tivo Owner
I have owned a DirecTivo and a standard Tivo before owning a 4000 series ReplayTV. There is nothing wrong with Tivo, but I have found some things that I like much more in my ReplayTv. I won't go into all of the features of the ReplayTV, just the ones that I have found the most valuable since switching to ReplayTv.

1. Commercial Advance - I had not even conisdered this as something I would like about ReplayTv, but boy was I mistaken. I absolutely LOVE it. Doesn't work 100% of the time, but darn close.

2. Recording from different Inputs - That's right. I rent a DVD and the first thing I do is record it to my ReplayTv so I don't have to rush to watch the movie before returning it. There are three inputs in the back of the ReplayTv. You can easily switch between the three inputs with the remote control.

3. Storing show in Categories - You can create categories like Golf or Fishing and store your favorite golf or fishing shows to that category. This allows easy browsing of your recorded shows.

4. Networking - I bought two 4040's for my house and the networking works great. I had an initial problem with my Linksys router that I have since resolved thanks to the ReplayTv forums. It is great to be able to play shows I recorded on the Living Room unit from my Bed Room unit. Awesome.

5. Time Remaining - ReplayTv shows you the amount of time you have left for recording. Unbelievably, Tivo doesn't do this.

6. SwapDV - This amazing third party software runs on your PC and allows you to import shows from your ReplayTv unit. So you can archive shows from your Replay unit to your PC. Your PC then acts like another ReplayTv on your network.

Replay 4000 series is not for everyone because it requires that you have a broadband connection and the unit does cost a little more than a Tivo (after factoring in a Tivo lifetime subscription...). I doubt many people will be disappionted with a ReplayTv or Tivo.

4-0 out of 5 stars This Thing's Great!
This gizmo has revolutionized my TV watching habits. No more surfing up and down the dial through 200 channels of drivel. Now I return home, even if I have been traveling for weeks at a time, and find a neatly cataloged selection of shows I really like to watch.

My only regret is that I didn't spend the extra $200 or so to get the 80-hour model. Forty hours is a lot, but you do use up a great deal of memory if you record primarily in the "high quality" mode as I do. Spending 30% more for twice the memory is a no-brainer.

Certain reviews I read of earlier versions of this product were a little ambiguous about the need for a Ethernet connection to the Internet. YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE AN ETHERNET CONNECTION. Without it you will not get halfway though the setup process.

1-0 out of 5 stars Special network requirements
Before you order this product be sure you have the necessary network configuration on your HOME network. Needs a DSL, cable modem or T1 link to use the REPLAYTV 4000 unit according to their tech support. A 56K modem link will work, but only for 12 days at a time and then you have to go in and change setting in order to get it to work for another 12 days. Also, their tech support states that using their product in this fashion is not technically supported, so any problems are yours.

1-0 out of 5 stars Replay TV ...
I bought this unit in mid-December. It MUST be networked to your coputer and internet. It would NOT recognize a Windows ME network, and SonicBlue admitted that this was a major problem. I sent it back Fed EX, and it is now April, and I have not received my money back. I would be very cautious about buying anything from a company with this history. ... Read more


5. ReplayTV 4080 80-Hour Digital Video Recorder (*Includes Lifetime Service Fee)
list price: $999.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000633DQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Replay TV
Sales Rank: 30922
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Touted as the world's first broadband and home network-ready DVRs, ReplayTV's 4000 series digital video recorders let you distribute recorded programs within your home and share personal recordings of nonprotected video content with up to 15friends and family members who also own 4000 series DVRs. The ReplayTV 4080 stores 80 hours of programming, while letting you pause, replay, and slow down live television--all with no tapes, no timers, and no trouble. A handy Commercial Advance feature even plays your recordings without advertising! The cable/DSL/Ethernet-ready 4000 series DVRs also store digital photos and home movies for television viewing. Now you can watch television on your own schedule, free from the constraints of network scheduling, which often pits multiple cool programs head to head.

If you have a cable modem or DSL, you can hook the 4080 up for fast and easy broadband video transfers with other broadband-connected 4000 series users. You can also share video throughout the house, using a built-in Ethernet port and your existing home-networking equipment. The 4080 can store digital photos and home movies, letting you view your favoritedigital photos on TV. The ReplayTV Channel Guide, downloaded daily through the broadband connection, offers a convenient, grid-based list of shows that can be recorded at the touch of a button.

... Read more

Features

  • 80-hour digital video recorder
  • Pause live-action TV shows
  • High-quality slow-motion and fast forward effects
  • First DVR with networking ability
  • Skip past annoying ads with Commercial Advance feature

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars The piece of hardware that forever changed my life...
Can you imagine? You're into a really good show, and suddenly your wife starts nagging you about something... the trash, the dog needs to go out, dinner is burning! :D So you hit PAUSE??? Yes! Pause on live TV! Okay, so this is no different than TIVO. What is though is the broadband connection that allows you to send shows over the internet to friends and family, along with the ability to send any type of video you've recorded on the DVR from say your camcorder (forget even trying DVD's... Macrovision won't allow you to do this, as it's enabled on this device: unless of course you buy one of those nice little devices on the net that disables it :D) You can store your own digital photos on this and display them as a slide show screensaver for when your unit is on pause. Going on vacation? Forgot to tell it to record the Drew Carey Show? Hop on the net from anywhere in the world and from www.myreplaytv.com you can program it to record!

Skips commercials (I hate that I pay for TV and have to watch advertising... it's like the networks are getting paid twice for the same thing! I DON'T GET PAID TWICE AT MY JOB!) The major networks are scared to hell of this ability, because it will fundamentally change the market for advertising on television... and they HATE UNPREDICATBILITY AND CHANGE! They want to TELL YOU HOW TO WATCH TV. Then want you to watch what they WANT YOU TO... WHEN THEY WANT YOU TO! Well, now... they can shove primetime right up their rears! Primetime in my house is WHEN I'M READY!

Also, if you buy multiple ReplayTV 4K's, you can network them together and stream shows back and forth from one room to another. www.avsforum.com has a replaytv and showstopper forum which contains a lot of info also on how to pull video files off of your replayTV and then use your CD Burner to write them as VCD's and/or DVD's (if you have a DVD burner) so you can watch them at a later date, without having to use up hard drive space on your computer or replaytv to store it!

If you don't have a TIVO and you were thinking about it... don't even bother. There's no reason you should buy anything other than Sonic Blues' ReplayTV 4K. The only hard decision is WHAT SIZE RECORDING TIME SHOULD I GET?

Nobody tells me what I'm going to do with television services I'm paying to watch. I'll watch them when I choose and commercial free!

5-0 out of 5 stars Converted Tivo Owner
I have owned a DirecTivo and a standard Tivo before owning a 4000 series ReplayTV. There is nothing wrong with Tivo, but I have found some things that I like much more in my ReplayTv. I won't go into all of the features of the ReplayTV, just the ones that I have found the most valuable since switching to ReplayTv.

1. Commercial Advance - I had not even conisdered this as something I would like about ReplayTv, but boy was I mistaken. I absolutely LOVE it. Doesn't work 100% of the time, but darn close.

2. Recording from different Inputs - That's right. I rent a DVD and the first thing I do is record it to my ReplayTv so I don't have to rush to watch the movie before returning it. There are three inputs in the back of the ReplayTv. You can easily switch between the three inputs with the remote control.

3. Storing show in Categories - You can create categories like Golf or Fishing and store your favorite golf or fishing shows to that category. This allows easy browsing of your recorded shows.

4. Networking - I bought two 4040's for my house and the networking works great. I had an initial problem with my Linksys router that I have since resolved thanks to the ReplayTv forums. It is great to be able to play shows I recorded on the Living Room unit from my Bed Room unit. Awesome.

5. Time Remaining - ReplayTv shows you the amount of time you have left for recording. Unbelievably, Tivo doesn't do this.

6. SwapDV - This amazing third party software runs on your PC and allows you to import shows from your ReplayTv unit. So you can archive shows from your Replay unit to your PC. Your PC then acts like another ReplayTv on your network.

Replay 4000 series is not for everyone because it requires that you have a broadband connection and the unit does cost a little more than a Tivo (after factoring in a Tivo lifetime subscription...). I doubt many people will be disappionted with a ReplayTv or Tivo.

4-0 out of 5 stars This Thing's Great!
This gizmo has revolutionized my TV watching habits. No more surfing up and down the dial through 200 channels of drivel. Now I return home, even if I have been traveling for weeks at a time, and find a neatly cataloged selection of shows I really like to watch.

My only regret is that I didn't spend the extra $200 or so to get the 80-hour model. Forty hours is a lot, but you do use up a great deal of memory if you record primarily in the "high quality" mode as I do. Spending 30% more for twice the memory is a no-brainer.

Certain reviews I read of earlier versions of this product were a little ambiguous about the need for a Ethernet connection to the Internet. YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE AN ETHERNET CONNECTION. Without it you will not get halfway though the setup process.

1-0 out of 5 stars Special network requirements
Before you order this product be sure you have the necessary network configuration on your HOME network. Needs a DSL, cable modem or T1 link to use the REPLAYTV 4000 unit according to their tech support. A 56K modem link will work, but only for 12 days at a time and then you have to go in and change setting in order to get it to work for another 12 days. Also, their tech support states that using their product in this fashion is not technically supported, so any problems are yours.

1-0 out of 5 stars Replay TV ...
I bought this unit in mid-December. It MUST be networked to your coputer and internet. It would NOT recognize a Windows ME network, and SonicBlue admitted that this was a major problem. I sent it back Fed EX, and it is now April, and I have not received my money back. I would be very cautious about buying anything from a company with this history. ... Read more


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