What Is a Networked PVR? - dummies

By Danny Briere, Pat Hurley

Networked PVR is a cross between regular personal video recorders (PVRs), such as ReplayTVs, and video-on-demand (VoD). Networked PVR is offered by a service provider such as a cable company. Like a PVR, a networked PVR records the shows you want to save on a big computer hard drive.

Here are some features of a networked PVR:

  • Similar to VoD, the big computer hard drive that records and stores the shows you want to save on the networked PVR is located in the service provider’s office, not in your home theater system.

  • You tell the networked PVR system what movies or programs you want to record and save, and the system saves them in a centralized location. When you want to watch a recorded show, you just click a button on your remote, and the programming is streamed to your TV over the cable company’s broadband network.

  • You can still do all the Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind, and Pause stuff you would do on a regular PVR, but you have no extra boxes in your home theater and there is nothing to pay for, other than the monthly fee for the service.

Another alternative for movie buffs is to join a service that does movie rentals online (and via the U.S. mail), such as Netflix. The price for this type of service varies depending on how many DVDs you want to check out at one time (such as only one-at-a-time, two-at-a-time, and so on).