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Lite-On ( probably best known for their no-frills but well-performing PC CD and DVD burners) has announced a set-top home entertainment DVD recorder, the LVW-5020. In addition to burning CDs and DVDs, though, the LVR-5020 has a built-in 80GB hard drive for recording television, TiVo-style, although Lite-On only calls it "pseudo-PVR functions" in its press release, so I wouldn't expect TiVo-quality functions all around.

The LVW-5020 should be on the street in September for around $400. Full press release after the jump.


VCR Plus+ Guide, DV Link Input and Advanced Easy Guider 2 Menu System Make New LVW-5020 Most Robust and Easy-To-Use HDD DVD Recorder In Its Class


Milpitas, CA. June 30, 2004 Lite-On IT, one of the world s leading manufacturers of optical storage solutions for PCs and Home Entertainment centers today announced its most robust HDD DVD Recorder offering to date, the LVW-5020. This latest addition to the rapidly expanding portfolio of Lite-On-branded DVD Recorders features the All-Write (1) technology for writing to the most popular digital media formats and an 80GB hard drive capable of storing up to 102 hours (2) of recording time. The new LVW-5020 DVD Recorder will have an estimated retail price of under $400 (3).

For consumer convenience and ease-of-use, the LVW-5020 incorporates the VCR Plus+ Guide and advanced Easy Guider 2 menu for simplifying critical DVD Recorder operations. The VCR Plus + system lets users simply input a set of digits found in TV Guide or newspaper listings to complete the timer record. Easy Guider 2 also provides on-screen capabilities for easy setup and system navigation at the press of a button. In addition, the LVW-5020 incorporates an easy-to-set Timer/Recording feature, allowing up to 16 sets of pre-scheduled recordings to be viewed at one s convenience.

With the convenience of a high-performance 80GB hard disk, the LVW-5020 provides pseudo Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality such as Time Shift, which permits users to pause live TV . Now, pausing a live broadcast while maintaining uninterrupted, continuous recording is fast and simple with the LVW-5020.


(1) All Write technology from Lite-On provides the capability to record to most popular digital media formats including DVD +R/RW; DVD-R/RW and CD Recordable discs.
(2) In SLP Mode.
(3) After manufacturers mail-in rebate



Using the innovation of All-Write technology, the Lite-On LVW-5020 HDD DVD Recorder will revolutionize the way consumers record video to digital mediums. The LVW-5020 is the first HDD DVD Recorder capable of recording to DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW discs, reducing consumer s concerns about which recordable media format to use.

We are very proud of the innovative advancements our design team has incorporated into this new, multi-functional device, said Chuck Bridges, Senior Marketing Manager at Lite-On. They exceeded their initial goal of producing a high-quality product that would literally put the controls back into the hands of consumers, while doing so with simplicity and an extremely attractive pricepoint, Mr. Bridges added.

Additionally, the LVW-5020 is equipped with MCTF video noise reduction circuit to improve recording quality and 480p progressive scan delivers razor sharp video images to maximize the viewing experience. Users can select HQ mode for maximum recording quality (1 hour recording time on DVD or 17 hours on the HDD), or SLP mode for up to 6 hours of recording time on DVD or 102 hours on the hard drive. With thumbnail title icons being displayed in the playback window, selecting recorded video titles for playback has never been easier. The built in DV Link (IEEE 1394) provides superior digital input for high quality DV recording onto DVD discs or the hard drive.

Other features include high-speed dubbing and CD/MP3/JPEG playback, providing the ultimate solution for audio enthusiasts and videophiles alike. One Touch is all it takes to record content from the hard disk drive to the DVD or vice-versa.

Distinctive Features

Available Recording Time: 102 hours for hard disk; 6 hours for DVD High performance 80GB hard disk for one touch dubbing and Time Shift capabilities
Innovative All-Write allows recording to most popular digital media formats High quality DV Link (IEEE 1394) connection for recording from compatible DV camcorders
Easy Guider 2 on screen navigation system VCR Plus+ Guide
Integrated TV tuner with no quality degradation Progressive Scan output for superior image sharpness


About Lite-On IT
Lite-On IT (USA), based in Milpitas, California, is the U.S. arm of LITE-ON Technology Corporation headquartered in Taiwan. Established in 1999, it was created to concentrate in optical storage business. Leveraging the company s heritage and expertise in optical storage, Lite-On is expanding its portfolio of products into exciting Consumer Electronics offerings for Home Entertainment environments. The tradition of developing optical storage products by expanding research investment and manufacturing capacity will continue delivering new generations of products reaching faster recording speeds, increased densities, robust functionality and compelling consumer solutions.