Toshiba has announced a new digital video recorder with HD DVD drive that is able to record HD video to standard DVD discs, and also features a 300GB built-in HDD. The new VARDIA RD-A301 DVR, HD DVD integrates an HD Transcoder that converts MPEG2 video to MPEG4 AVC video compression technology that achieves longer recording time for high-definition video, allowing longer HD videos to be recorded to HD DVD-R discs. The Vardia RD-A301 also supports"HD Rec," so you to record HD video to standard DVD discs in HD quality. "HD Rec" allows a single-layer 4.7GB DVD-R disc to store up to two hours of HD video. The RD-A301 also supports dual recording of HD broadcasts,
From November 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008, Toshiba will run a HD DVD player and recorder marketing campaign that will include a free HD DVD of "Transformers", this year's mega-hit movie, for purchasers of a relevant HD DVD product who register for the campaign.
The RD-A301 includes 1 HDMI output, 1 D4, an S-Video, and Ethernet port, and remote control. It will first be released in Japan December 2007 for about 600€, or about $865 US.
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