Broadband/phone/TV overlord Tiscali is readying an all-new PVR box. It hasn’t released many details yet, but we do know that it looks like the PVR box will replace your current Tiscali TV box, if you have one, rather than piggybacking it.
Secondly, it will have two digital terrestrial tuners as well as the IPTV feed that normal Tiscali TV subscribers get. That means you’ll be able to record three channels simultaneously, punting Sky+ two-channel-recording into the televisual equivalent of a cocked hat.
We don’t know whether you’ll be able to download any of Tiscali’s 5000 hours of on-demand TV on to the hard drive to watch, say, while you were recording three other programmes.
Nor do we know what size the hard drive is, but Tiscali did let slip that the PVR box will be able to record up to 50 hours of TV. Sky currently quotes 80 hours of standard definition footage for the 160GB drive it uses in its HD box – so you do the math.
There's also HDMI out – useful for the programming received by the digital terrestrial tuners, and Tiscali did whisper about an HD service a few months ago – we’ll keep prodding them about that until they give in and tell us when it is coming.
One more thing we do know about Tiscali TV: while the service won’t be available until ‘early 2008’, your loyal friends here at Stuff are going to be beta testers, so should be able to divulge some early experiential insights about whether it is a genuine danger for Sky+.
On sale: Early 2008