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SERVICE: shift TV - records TV over the Internet to get it streamed back later
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 18.08.05 - 11:35:17 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13034x
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Germany based shift TV is quite an interesting service for PC, Notebook and PDA users since it uses a brand new technology called "iPVR" which lets you schedule, record and watch your own private copies of TV programs over the Internet.

shift TV is a web-bases PVR and every user runs its own, dedicated shift TV. Via the web Interface, you get access to a EPG to program the recording. As soon as the show was recorded, it's converted into a streaming format (Windows Media Video 9) to get it streamed to your PC. From now, you can also download your recordings to archive it on your local PC since storage space is limited to 5 hours per account. However, also new from now is that you can record two shows in parallel.

Right now, shift TV is available in Germany only and allows you to record 13 TV programs, which includes the most important TV stations except "RTL" which sued shift TV and therefore it was removed from the offer.

shift TV offers a free trial account now which lets you record 30 minutes during the trial phase. The regular shift TV account costs 4,99 Euro per month.
According to shift TV, also Pocket PCs are supported which makes it even more interesting!

I haven't tried it yet (since I have my Media Center with Orb as well as the highpad media control client for Pocket PC running) but it sounds interesting enough to give it a trial.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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