Humax Releases New TiVo-Equipped DVD Recorder

Reprinted from a Humax press release:

Humax USA, the "Easy-Digital" company, in partnership with TiVo Inc., the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), continues to propel the DVD Recorder category forward with the introduction of the new Humax DRT400 DVD Recorder with TiVo service. This builds on the success and sales momentum of the Humax DRT800, currently the leading DVR based solution in the DVD Recorder market.

Comprised of a state-of-the-art 40-hour TiVo Series2 DVR, a DVD recorder (-R -R/W) and a progressive scan DVD player, the fully featured DRT400 is an unprecedented value at its $399 suggested retail price and is available now at select retailers nationwide. Like its award-winning predecessor (DRT800), the DRT400 is compatible with all television programming sources including cable, digital cable, satellite and traditional off-air antennas.

Unlike other manufacturer’s DVD recorders, the unit offers the popular TiVo service (activation required), which boasts the ability to control live TV as well as unique search and recording conveniences such as Season Pass recordings, WishList searches, and online scheduling. The incorporated Home Media features enable connection to a home network for access to digital photos and music stored on the PC, as well as transferring content among multiple TiVo boxes on the same network.

The intuitive TiVo user-interface also sets the DRT400 apart from other similar products on the market today. The unit is extremely easy-to-operate, and makes burning a DVD as easy as changing the channel. Users simply point and click the remote control to save their favorite programs to a DVD. DVDs can even be burned in the background while the user simultaneously records or watches live TV.

Tony Goncalves, Humax USA Strategic Marketing and Business Development VP says, "With this new 40-hour version of our award-winning DVD Recorders with TiVo service, Humax is able to hit a lower $399 price point. In doing so, broader spectrums of consumers are now able to take advantage of easy DVD recording and the full-featured TiVo service."

"This product offers a fantastic lifestyle appeal too," added Goncalves. "It’s perfect for the family or frequent traveler that will regularly transfer programs to DVD for playback on the road — a great way to take advantage of the many new cars outfitted with DVD players today — and portable DVD players too."

Starting late summer 2005, the Humax DRT Series of DVD Recorders with TiVo service will be compatible with the new TiVoToGo feature, allowing video content stored on the hard drive to be transferred to a PC or Portable Media Centers.

The TiVo service is required and sold separately for $12.95 per month, or a one-time fee of $299 for product lifetime service.*

Key Features of the Humax DRT400 DVD-R with TiVo Service

  • 3-in-1 Humax offers easy-to-use interface for recording, playback and burning TV programming to DVD. (DVD –R / -R/W)
  • Up to 40 hours of recording capacity on Hard Disk Drive.
  • Broadband connection allows you to connect to your home network to enjoy the Home Media Features: Access digital photos and music from your PC, schedule recordings online, and access programming from multiple TiVo boxes on the same network.
  • Only the TiVo service burns DVDs in background; you can still record and watch live TV.
  • The TiVo service allows you to manage what’s stored on the hard disc. You never have to worry about a program getting deleted.
  • Now Playing menu makes it easy to find the shows you’ve recorded.
  • Only the TiVo service works with any programming source including cable, digital cable, satellite and traditional off-air antennas.
  • Includes a set of Front AV inputs for easy access to analog video transfers.
  • An updated list of participating retailers and detailed product information is available at

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