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High-Tech Toys for Your TV: Secrets of TiVo™, Xbox by Steven D. Kovsky

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Chapter 4. Playing the Field: Other Video IED Convergence Devices

Can My PC Be My IED?

While the dedicated video IED appliances—Replay, TiVo, and UltimateTV—have much to offer, some may want to consider turning their PC into an IED. There are some benefits:

  • While a PC—even a cheapie—costs considerably more than an appliance-style video IED, chances are you already own a PC that can probably be modified to serve as a video IED.

  • The dedicated video IEDs are proprietary “closed box” systems. Open the case, and say goodbye to your warranty. While there is an active community of those who routinely “hack” into their IEDs to expand their storage capacity and even to extract and distribute the digital copies of their videos (see Chapter 11, “Hacking Your ...

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