|Item Weight||11.2 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||18.9 x 14.3 x 3.7 inches|
|Item model number||SD-H400|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
Toshiba SD-H400 Combination Progressive-Scan DVD Player and TiVo Digital Media Server
- 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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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).
Top customer reviews
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.
However, my advice is to skip the DVD player/TiVo combination and buy the Toshiba TiVo/DVD burner combination (Toshiba RS-TX60 DVD Recorder with 160 GB TiVo Series2 Digital Video Recorder), which enables one to burn the keepers (at 24X) without the mare's nest of cables that crisscross my video room.
This unit works flawlessly except for a time lag when shifting from TiVo/live broadcast to DVD, which is quite long --- too long for my taste. I hope that this defect is removed in the newer model. As soon as someone scorns my advice and buys my used SD-H400, I'll report my thoughts on the burner model...jt
My only concern is that if the DVD were to break you would be out the whole unit. So, if having multiple components and cables doesn't bother you, buying a straight TiVo unit and a separate DVD player might be a better idea.(...)
But that wasn't the end - trying to understand how to operate it was another task... Finally, I gave up and returned the product.
On the other hand, I now have a DVR from my satellite company, which works great, and I did not have to open the manual!
Most recent customer reviews
the remote control is very comfortable to hold in hand and all the buttons are well positioned and clearly/intuitively...Read more