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HP MediaSmart Servers Manage TiVo DVR Recordings

HP announced its MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, a new software application that lets TiVo DVR owners manage video content from an HP MediaSmart Server.

According to the statement, with a high-definition (HD) DVR from TiVo, consumers can record, pause and rewind live TV, and access the world’s largest on-demand video library to watch hit movies, TV shows, music videos and popular web videos.

With the new software application, which is offered at no charge to MediaSmart server owners, TiVo owners can:

* transfer shows from a TiVo DVR to a HP MediaSmart Server and back to a TiVo DVR
* manage TiVo recordings stored on a HP MediaSmart Server
* watch TiVo DVR recordings that are stored on a HP MediaSmart Server on any PC in the home

Based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.

The HP MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all Windows and Mac computers, streams media across a home network and the Internet, and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.

“The HP MediaSmart Server is the ideal companion for TiVo users. With the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, consumers can record more high-definition programs and not worry about filling their DVR since they can transfer their movies and shows on the HP MediaSmart Server and watch them on their PC,” said Jason Zajac, vice president of Attach, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Plus, consumers will benefit from all of the additional features the HP MediaSmart Server provides, such as backing up all Windows and Mac computers.”

The free HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo application can be accessed through the Windows Home Server Console of the HP MediaSmart Server EX90/EX495 and HP Data Vault.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the HP MediaSmart Server EX490 with 1 terabyte of hard disk storage is $549, while the HP MediaSmart Server EX495 with 1.5 terabytes is $699.

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