Registered: Jan 2001
Location: Garden City, MI, USA
Originally posted by pauly666
Everyone is missing the fundamental problem with doing HD on a PVR.
The hard disk.
HD and PVR is a ways off.
This is a horribly end-user manner of thinking. Storage can easilly take the necessary abuse of HD signals. The TECHNOLOGY is not the issue here.
I work with (lightly) compressed video everyday, and I will tell you that there is NO problem with storage speed whatsoever. When I say compressed video, I'm not talking bootleg VCDs of german porn (though Otto has offered me stock options...), I'm talking broadcast-quality MPEG2. I have an LVS replay machine that can handle 4 simultaneous constant video streams (2 in, 2 out) AND shuttling without incident. I also have a Thunder clip server that can handle 8 simultaneous broadcast-quality constant video streams without the slightest hiccup (4 read, 4 write). Is this some alien storage medium or a hard disk farm that costs upwards of $10,000? Nope... just RAID.
The answer is incredibly simple. If one hard drive isn't fast enough... use two. You double the total storage capacity, and get increased throughput and speed. RAID, as has been proven over the past year, is no longer a server-only technology. Hell, my neighbor has a RAID HD pair in his computer. The RAID solutions necessary to support three full simultaneous HD streams are out there... and are not all that expensive.
The problem, as was stated earlier, is market demand. There's no MARKET for a HDTiVo yet. Hell, the TiVo market is JUST NOW starting to expand. The R+D costs alone would cripple the company, let alone that you would probably have a total sales figure of 200-500 units in the first year. Not exactly a number that would make a CEO sprint down to the "lab" with a bag full of money.
What's the point of building a HDTiVo when you have (a) a tightening economy, (b) low consumer interest in HD, (c) sluggish station interest except in the largest of markets, (d) sky-high equipment costs, (e) a format that has yet to be finalized, (f) a total lack of support from cable companies, and (g) a serious lack of programming in high definition. Making the transition now just doesn't make sense.
If you're a SMART company, you wait 1-2 years. THEN you persue something like an HDTiVo. By then, the format is decided on, equipment costs are lower, the market for the PVRs is higher, and more content is offered in HD. It just doesn't make sense to do something now.
So to make a long story short, it ain't the hard drive's fault.
"Wit is educated Insolence." -Aristotle
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