Toshiba Announces its First Network Equipped DVD Recorder With 250GB Hard Disk Drive
Posted May 19, 2005

Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. (Toshiba), has expanded its line of digital video recorders and adds networking capabilities with the introduction of the new RD-XS54 Multi-Drive (DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW) DVD Recorder with a 250GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Not only can users record and playback their favorite TV shows and build personal movie libraries with the RD-XS54, they can also expand the recorder's capabilities through other devices and rooms in the home.

The new Toshiba RD-XS54 features an Ethernet port for system networking allowing for greater integration with a PC including the ability to:

The system networking of the RD-XS54 also gives users the ability to dub copy free content to another room if there are two of the units in the home. Now consumers can record content in one room and watch it in another. Additional features include High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) with up-conversion capability to 720p or 1080i. This upconversion will be performed for all sources whether they are playing back content encoded on a DVD or the HDD, including the tuner and inputs. In addition, the DV input allows the transfer of camcorder recordings directly onto DVD media.

The RD-XS54 also features Toshiba's exclusive EASY NAVI menu, designed to simplify operations by offering direct access to key functions. Also included is the TV Guide On Screen Interactive Program Guide for simple, user-friendly channel navigation and recording scheduling. The RD-XS34 Multi Drive (DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW) DVD Recorder features a 160GB hard disc. To help consumers with their digital recordings, the RD-XS34 features TV Guide On Screen Interactive Program Guide and the EASY NAVI menu. The recorder also offers high-speed dubbing and comes with a DV input for the transfer of camcorder recordings in the digital form.

The RD-XS54 is scheduled to ship in August with an MSRP of $699.99.