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Microsoft is teaming up with LG to design the LRM-519 digital media recorder. This features all of the bells and whistles of the average consumer electronics home entertainment system: RF, digital audio, composite video, standard audio, s-video, telephone, Ethernet, DVD burner, USB, IR, and even old-school serial controller. This DVR works a little different than the average bear. It connects to a fee-based Microsoft Program Service to download program schedules. This is better than the average DVR/DMR because it has the ability to actually utilize the Ethernet port and pretty much become a networked media center. The downside—$600 for this, plus monthly Microsoft fees. TiVo-killer it is not.


LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder [Design Technica]