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Toshiba SD-H400 Combination Progressive-Scan DVD Player and TiVo Digital Media Server

by Toshiba
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  • Progressive-scan DVD player with integrated personal video recorder
  • Includes no-fee TiVo Basic service with the ability to pause live TV and store programs to the unit's 80 GB hard drive
  • Offers manual recording capability by time and channel
  • Compatible with DVD-R, DVD-RW, video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
  • Upgradeable to full TiVo service and TiVo home-networking capabilities (through paid services)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: SD-H400
  • Audio Output Mode: Stereo
  • DVD Media Load Type: Tray

Product Description

Product Description

You can watch your favorite TV shows on your own schedule with the Toshiba Combination DVD Player and TiVo Digital Media Server. Includes progressive scan video for ultimate digital imaging and FREE basic TiVo service, which can be upgraded to TiVo options with fees. Features: Progressive-scan DVD player with integrated personal video recorder; Super ColorStream Pro output for both DVD and TiVo playback; no-fee TiVo Basic service with the ability to pause live TV and store programs to the unit's 80 GB hard drive; 181-channel NTSC tuner for easy off-air recording and auto channel setup; manual recording capability by time and channel; compatible with DVD-R, DVD-RW, video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CDs; slow motion; analog phone jack; USB port; live TV buffering; pause live TV and 3 days' electronic program guide.


Early Adopters Pick: June 2003. This is the first combination DVD player-TiVo digital video recorder.

Toshiba's SD-H400 digital media server offers the convenience of no-fee PVR service with the option for immediate upgrades alongside high-quality, progressive-scan DVD-Video playback--all from a single, easy-to-use component. The SD-H400 houses an 80 GB TiVo Series2 PVR that comes with TiVo Basic service, providing free, limited TiVo features right out of the box, with no subscription fees.

TiVo Basic service offers the ability to control live TV through features like pause, fast forward, rewind, and slow motion playback of live television; three days of electronic program guide; and manual recording capability by time and channel. The SD-H400 is the first device to offer TiVo Basic service.

The SD-H400's DVD-video section is equipped with a 10-bit/54 MHz video digital-to-analog converter for maximum color purity, detail, and resolution. When connected to a television via the unit's ColorStream Pro component-video outputs, you'll be ready to enjoy Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive technology with either DVDs or TiVo PVR playback. The SD-H400 can also play formats such as DVD-R, DVD-RW, video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CDs.

Because the SD-H400 is built on TiVo Series2 technology, you have the ability to upgrade to full TiVo service to enjoy features such as Season Pass (the ability to record every episode of a program no matter when it airs, automatically), WishList (which finds and records programs that feature your favorite actor, director, or genre), Search by Title (which helps you find any show when all you know is its title), 14 days of program guide data, richer recording options, and an easy-to-use scheduling interface. (Full TiVo service costs $12.95 a month or $299 for a lifetime subscription; visit www.TiVo.com for detailed information.)

Another upgrade available to the Toshiba SD-H400 is the TiVo Home Media Option, a premium package of networked home entertainment. This configuration takes full advantage of the SD-H400's capabilities as a digital media server. The Home Media Option--an upgrade available via phone or broadband connection--lets you use the SD-H400's USB port to connect the SD-H400 to your wired or wireless home network and PC.

The Home Media Option adds the following features to the SD-H400: streaming MP3 files and digital photo viewing from a PC or Macintosh for playback through your TV or home-entertainment system, remote scheduling (through which you can schedule TiVo recordings from anywhere you can access the Internet), and connection to another TiVo Series2 PVR within your home (so you can share programs between the two units--for, say, viewing a program in the bedroom that was recorded in the family room, and vice versa).

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Technical Details
Brand NameToshiba
Item Weight11.2 pounds
Product Dimensions18.9 x 14.3 x 3.7 inches
Item model numberSD-H400
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
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Shipping Weight11.2 pounds
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Date First AvailableJune 26, 2003
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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful By BillTsaiTechGuy on March 1, 2004
I wanted something for my wife and me to better manage our TV viewing, yet I'm completely against paying a monthly-fee for recording TV programs. The Toshiba SD-H400 with TiVo Basic turned out to be a perfect product for us, until Media Center PCs go mainstream.
I didn't really need another DVD player at home (we already have 5 other stand-alone DVD players), but if that's the only way to get TiVo Basic service, so be it. Plus, the price I paid for this Toshiba (no rebate) is only (a bit) more than a stand-alone Series 2 TiVo (after rebate). For (the money), I got a progressive-scan DVD player, progressive output for TiVo, AND free life-time subscription to TiVo Basic service. What a bargain.
TiVo Basic Service:
Okay, so I don't get the Season Pass feature. However, once you're set to record a show (say, Friends at 8PM this Thursday), you can navigate to the To-Do list and select that program, and change the recording option to "Repeat this recording". Change it to weekly, then you're all set. The only risk if that if NBC changes the time of Friends to 9 due to say the State of the Union Address, then you'll record 30 minutes worth of a bunch of people clapping at nothing. But that's a risk I'm willing to take.
One feature I don't get with the Basic service is the show search feature. However, we got the TiVo to help with managing the shows that we KNOW we want to watch. With young children, we really don't have time to watch the programs that we didn't want to watch in the first place but are suggested to us. So I won't miss that feature. For new movies we have had Netflix 4-disc service since 2000. You can always navigate using the program guide to set up recording if you want to watch something.
If you visit TiVo forums such as tivocommunity.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2004
Okay, there's a lot of ignorance about this machine in these reviews, so I feel the need to comment. This is my second Tivo, and I am an avowed audio-phile. Do I own $10K worth of AV equipment? No, but then, I do know that you don't have to buy the priciest product from the priciest brand to experience exceptional quality.
First, this is not a simple "home video" compnonent. It is actually a Small Form Factor (SFF) Linux computer, with hard-drive, modem, processor, and RAM. Hence, it does have a fan, as do all computers except that one model of Apple G3 (or was it 4?). As such, it does not ever "power off" completely (nor do most "home video" components). It will often run in the middle of the night, for 2 reasons: first, it is recording shows based on the "Tivo Recommends" function; second, it will generally make its daily call in the middle of the night when you are unlikely to need to use the phone. If you don't want it to be whirring its drives in the middle of the night, turn off the Tivo Recommends feature and you will free yourself from all but about 30 minutes of activity. You can also upgrade to a LAN or WLAN connection to make those daily calls all the faster. Or, like I do, put it in a glass doored entertainment center. I barely hear mine in the dead of night, and it certainly doesn't keep me up in the next room. If you are OCD, maybe you should consider no Tivo at all: they all do it!
As for a noisy DVD player: huh? Even with the glass doors open I can't hear the player running during DVD playback. I'm not sure what some people want from a player, I guess. I mean, a silent tray? Or maybe a DVD drive that can change tracks on the disc (like when it accesses the menu) without repositioning the laser? I mean, come on. That's just silly.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DCGeek1 on February 20, 2004
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My TV cabinet didn't have much room for extra components, so a new Tivo unit was going to be a tight squeeze. That's where the Toshiba DVD/Tivo (or as a friend coined, DVDivo) unit comes in. The DVDivo solves this problem by being rather small and by replacing my existing DVD player.
Not counting the mandatory rewiring of the video and audio cables, the install was mostly a piece of cake. You first setup and configure the box with the phone line (a handy 25' phone cable is included.) That took about 30 minutes. After that, the Tivo was supposed to recognize my Linksys network adapter. It didn't. I had to reconnect with the phone line and spend another 90 minutes downloading (are we there yet?) the 5.1b Tivo software update. After that, the wireless worked A-OK.
During all this update time I could, of course, still watch and pause live TV.
On the downside, I'll admit that the unit is a little noisy. If I'm cruising the Tivo menus without the TV audio on, I do notice the sound of the hard drive actuators softly clicking away. I'm not sure if that noise is specific to the Toshiba design. If so, then I figure it's just a trade-off for having such a small footprint. It's not a major problem for me. Besides any audiophile will already have this issue "covered" with glass component doors.
The other item to consider is the remote. Toshiba, I assume, had to stack extra button on their remote to support the DVD player. This remote works well, except for when you want to use the number buttons the change channels. The placement of these teeny-tiny number buttons (0-9 + Enter) at the bottom of the remote makes me occasionally use two hands to change channels. I hope my thumb gets used to it. Better yet, I hope that Tivo is so good that I'll never have to manually enter channel numbers again.
Despite those two items, I'm very pleased with my purchase. Now all I have to do is decide between Basic and Plus Tivo service.
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