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World's Largest DVR Records 50 Shows At Once, Saves 13 Years of TV

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You would need 326 TiVo Premiere boxes to match what the Snapstream DVR can do with just one coax plug.


This Snapstream DVR is basically just a tech demo—but it's one hell of a tech demo. Loaded with 50 analog tuners, it can pull and record 50 channels, simultaneously, from your cable feed onto 136TB of storage—which is capable of saving 115,200 hours of recorded TV (or 13 years worth of content to watch).

Put differently, you could record 50 channels in your cable package for 96 days straight.


The system is driven by a 1U dual-processor quad-core Nehalem Xeon server with "a ton of RAM."

So what would this beast cost were Snapstream to actually sell it? Well a 4 to 10 tuner system with 3-15TB of storage goes for $12,000. I'm guessing you can scale that cost appropriately, then add plenty of ??? to the price since it'd be a custom job. [Snapstream via Ubergizmo]

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I want this so i can record the three tv shows i watch ALL THE TIME!


Also, something like this would be great for airlines. But less bulky and less memory would be needed. Jetblue has about 35 channels and they are all set to east coast time. Wouldn't it be great if they replaced the setup with touch screens hooked up to a DVR somewhere on the plane so that you could watch the last 24 hours of programming for all 35 channels?!? Plus you could rewind, fast forward, pause, etc. This would be great.

Or they could give us unfiltered wifi service...