Home-built PVR Records a Month’s Worth of Shows from all ChannelsBy Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Monday, July 25, 2005
Promise TV is a home-built personal video recorder (PVR) made out of commodity PC components (primarily LOT of high-capacity hard-drives).
Promise grabs the entire broadcast TV multiplex ( all the channels being broadcast in the UK ) slices them up according to the free, over-the-air electronic programming guide, and stores an entire month’s worth. Why program a TiVo to get certain shows for you when you can record every single show on the air, all at once, and then use recommendations, search, a grid, or any other means you care to name to figure out which of those thousands and thousands and thousands of hours of programming you want to watch.
The promise.tv team have produced a breadboard prototype and a single, product-like box that looks like the kind of thing you might stick under your TV. They’ve put up a placeholder site to collect email addresses of people who want to find out more when they do a more formal launch.