Hitachi's reign of tera

Hitachi has just announced the DV-DH1000W, a DVR with 1 terabyte of storage. As the concept of 1000GB is beyond the comprehension of us standard-deffers, it'll be Japan only for now. Oh well, we can but dream...

So, the 1 terabyte (TB) DVR is here. Or, rather, in Japan. The DV-DH1000W won't be making an appearance in Europe any time soon, but it does give us a glimpse of our high-def recording future.

One terabyte (1000GB) is enough to hold around 128 hours of high-def broadcasting, which should be with us from Sky in early 2006, or a frankly ridiculous 1700 hours (over 70 days) of standard definition telly. If this is causing you sinus-pain, you'll be relieved to hear that 500GB, 250GB and 160GB models will also be available.

Hitachi claims that the series is the first capable of recording two high-definition broadcasts simultaneously. They also feature a DVD burner for archiving all those gloriously detailed recordings.

The recorders will be hitting Japan next month. For further more information, buy a plane ticket to Tokyo.