Video recording direct to Lan

Toshiba is to launch a digital video recorder with a 600Gbyte hard disc and LCD TVs that can directly record high-definition...

Toshiba is to launch a digital video recorder with a 600Gbyte hard disc and LCD TVs that can directly record high-definition images to hard-disc storage units on a Lan.

The company said its RD-X5 video recorder could record up to 1,071 hours of video when image and sound quality were set at 1.4Mbps. The recorder will go on sale in Japan in November for ¥170,000 (£850,000). Toshiba spokeswoman Midori Suzuki said overseas sales plans had not yet been decided.

The RD-X5 can also record to DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R, at writing speeds of 5x, 4x and 8x respectively.

Toshiba is also putting on sale LCD TVs that can record digital high-definition images to hard drives via an Ethernet connection.

Its 32in and 37in LZ150 series TVs can record digital broadcasts to a networked hard disc, or record analog broadcasts to the same hard disc or a PC on the same network. Analog broadcasts can also be recorded in MPEG-4 format to an SD memory card for viewing on a portable device, such as a multimedia player or mobile phone.

When linked to a PC, the LZ150 can alert the viewer to the arrival of e-mail on the computer and display it on the TV screen. The e-mail supports attached JPEGs and can also be used to programme recording from outside the home.

The TVs also support web browsing via the Ethernet link if an internet connection is present. Users can browse the web via an integrated browser, and watch TV programmes side by side and simultaneously on a single screen. Attaching an external keyboard to the TVs' USB ports allows internet searches.

The 37in LZ150 costs ¥630,000. Toshiba has no plans to sell either series outside Japan.

Paul Kallender writes for IDG News Service

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