Toshiba To Ship Second-Generation Set-Top DVD Burner with FireWire

Reprinted from a Toshiba press release:

Continuing its leadership and innovation in the DVD marketplace, Toshiba today announced the introduction of its second generation DVD recorder, the D-R1. This new model is another industry first from Toshiba with its introduction of Super MultiDrive. In addition to the industry leading DVD-RAM format and DVD-R, Super MultiDrive is developed to allow playback and recording of DVD-RW, as well. With this innovative advancement, the D-R1 gives users a hassle-free solution and more flexibility in their home recording and viewing choices.

The new recorder also incorporates the Time Slip function, which offers the ability to simultaneously record, and playback; enabling consumers to pause live television as well as begin viewing a program recording that is already in progress.

“With the rapid market adoption of DVD players, the Toshiba D-R1 DVD recorder offers consumers the ability and flexibility to record their favorite programs directly on to DVD,” said Jodi Sally, Director of Marketing, Toshiba Digital A/V Group. “Toshiba’s new D-R1 recorder offers the highest quality DVD viewing experience possible with ColorStream Pro Progressive Scan playback and numerous options for personalizing the DVD recording experience.

Whether new to DVD recording or a seasoned enthusiast, the D-R1 is designed with convenience features that will enhance any home viewing experience, such as IEEE 1394 Digital interface which allows consumers to transfer their home video to DVD.”

The thumbnail features of the D-R1 allow users to fully personalize their experience. For example, thumbnails with customizable text allow easy recognition of the content on a particular disc. In addition, the chapter creation function enables the user to designate the point at which they wish to have a chapter break, making it easy to identify specific chapter locations in the future. Playlists are also easily created, with users having the option of customizing the playback order of content regardless of its position on the disc. Users can easily and accurately create thumbnails for titles and chapters to optimize their recordings.

With multi-format compatibility, ease of use and convenience features such as a variety of front A/V inputs, including A/V Composite and S-Video, the D-R1 is at the forefront of the growing DVD recorder market.

With an industry first product, and in order to make a stronger presence at retail, Toshiba designed the D-R1 to standout on the shelf from the competition. The D-R1 features unique, top operational buttons for versatility in home theater set-up and user-friendly operability. The stylish unit is thin, and intuitively designed. The D-R1 will be available in September 2003 at a suggested retail price of $599.99.

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