HD DVD Recorder - High Definition DVD Recorder

Most consumers are not satisfied to simply display broadcast or pre-recorded material. Since the advent of inexpensive VCRs in the 1980s viewers have expected to be able to record material for later playback or permanent storage. DVD recorders brought that capability in line with the quality possible with DVD. Panasonic and others have several models with either hard drive or DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW capability.

The next logical step, since the internal technology is nearly identical in many cases, is to extend that functionality to and from the PC. Not long after that, the goal will be to connect the PC to the new HDTV and high definition dvd players and recorders.

Whether digital photos or video, or full Hollywood movies, users want to be able to transfer and use content anywhere within the home. With the ubiquity of the Internet, they also want to be able to access and display that content on the road on a laptop, in a hotel or at work or someone else's home.

Thanks to advances in all the relevant technology, as well as leading edge business arrangements, that is now all possible. The long promised convergence between TV, PC and the Internet is finally becoming a practical, affordable reality.

Hot on the heels of the new HDTVs, with ever lower prices, and the new high definition DVD players from Toshiba in the form of HD-DVD, Samsung with Blu-ray and others, comes Blu-ray HD DVD Recorder devices.

That there has at least one Blu-ray HD DVD recorder on the market should not be too surprising. Sony has had a Blu-ray high definition DVD recorder on sale for two years. The near $3,000 cost, as they expected, kept it from any kind of mass market adoption, but it no doubt helped them shake down the bugs.

Apart from that somewhat exotic offering, Sony is bringing out a laptop in their Vaio line that will have a Blu-ray player built in. At $3,600 it is expensive, but it does offer a 17in screen, making it viable for serious video folks who have to be on the road.

Connecting the laptop to an HDTV is as easy as obtaining a HDTV card, such as ATI's Wonder card. With a simple software installation and the use of a special cable, the PC connects to the component or HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connectors on the set. Expect an Ethernet connection that does more than just transfer firmware to the HDTV before too long.

AMEX recently announced their Digital MPC-505BD Media Center PC with Blu-ray recorder. No price has been set, but the Windows Media Edition enabled device can actually record onto Blu-ray DVDs.

The unit offers 7.1 channel audio and a hybrid analog digital DVB-T TV tuner. It also houses a full terabyte (that's one thousand twenty-four gigabyte) of hard disk storage.

It is, in effect, a Blu-ray DVD player/recorder and PC in one that can be connected to a HDTV.