Storage Informer
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How’s your DVR space?

by on May.15, 2009, under Storage

How’s your DVR space?


An interesting blog post by Gizmodo’s Wilson Rothman hit  close to home for me today.  Partly because I work for Seagate and focus on the storage market for consumer electronics which is dominated by DVRs, but also because I’m a DVR fan and a fan of Tivo.

Wilson’s blog post happens to focus on Tivo’s lack of interest in testing or supporting Seagate’s Showcase DVR expander.  However, it highlights an increasingly irratating issue for many people, me included – runing out of space on your DVR.

I have two teenage daughters and a wife who have long ago figured out the benefits of our DVR.  We quickly filled up our 80GB Tivo , and had to take time to “manage our space” now and then.  I don’t know about you, but “managing my space” is not what I want to spend time doing. Not to mention the tough choices about what stays and what goes…. I still have bad memories of when my daughters found out I nuked a bunch of episodes of  America’s Next Top Model ;-\

I’m sort of mystyfied why service providers and DVR makers don’t take more advantage of enabling external storage options.  In my case, when my Tivo ran out of space and I started getting tired of “managing my space”, I started shopping for my next DVR, which happened not to be a Tivo!

At the risk of sounding self serving, next time your running low on DVR space, call your service provider and investigate options for storage expansion. You might just maintain a bit more peace in the family!


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