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Microsoft has announced that it is to roll out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that makes it easier to capture and share game clips, as well as adding a few more features to the app.

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Starting from tomorrow, the update will add functionality to Xbox One share Game DVR clips instantly to your YouTube channel from inside the YouTube app, with the simple click of a button.

In addition to this announcement, Microsoft also announced the launch of GoPro on Xbox 360, this new feature allows you to stream and curate GoPro video content from the largest screen in the house and to kick off the launch, GoPro is offering two exclusive videos that the Xbox community will get one week before they’re available elsewhere.  The first is a basketball trick shot – a couple basketballs, a car, and a GoPro camera. Check out the teaser clip below, just don’t try this at home. The second exclusive video is an extreme snowmobile jump.

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One of the most exciting features coming to Xbox One is the ability to record your most exciting, impressive, or just plain awesome-looking gaming accomplishments so that you can relive them over and over.

But how do you share those memorable gameplay moments in front of everyone else’s eyeballs? The answer is SkyDrive. Save and edit your clips, then upload to the cloud via SkyDrive on Xbox One.

What are Game DVR and Upload Studio?
Game DVR makes it possible to capture the most epic moments in your gaming experience. You can snap it to the side of your game to begin recording up to five minutes of footage at any time. You get to choose whether you want to capture the last five minutes of gameplay or quickly capture the last 30 seconds simply by saying “Xbox, record that.” Hit the Game DVR notification or say “Xbox, go to Upload Studio” and you will quickly move into the app, where you can create personalized footage — edit multiple game clips together, trim them, add picture-in-picture video, voice over commentary or choose a skin. After you’ve put all of the finishing touches on your video, it will be uploaded to Xbox Live where your friends can see it in your activity feed.

Simply say “Xbox, go to Upload” to view all of your clips or to go back and edit anything you recorded from earlier gameplay.

How do I share my clips?
After editing a clip in Upload Studio, you’ll have the option of uploading and sharing content with your Xbox Live friends or the entire community or saving clips to SkyDrive. When you choose Save to SkyDrive, your clips will be saved into a folder titled Xbox Games Clips and the 720p mp4 file syncs across any smartphone, tablet or PC, allowing you to share your greatest game moments anywhere. With your Game DVR clips in SkyDrive, you have complete control over your clips — choose whether you want to share content beyond your Xbox Live community, host it on your own websites, save to your hard drive, wrap in your own intro and more.

We hope you’re excited about sharing your Game DVR clips. We can’t wait to see your best gaming moments and how you creatively edit and share them from Xbox One when it launches this Friday, 22nd November.

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We have talked about Ceton a lot here at UWHS, and now they are previewing a six tuner DVR and and extender called Echo.


Picture Credit: Engadget

This is what Engadget had to say:

The company that has almost single handedly spurred the golden age of CableCARD has found a new way to deliver its technology to consumers with a 6 tuner multi-room DVR with a 2TB hard drive, codenamed Q, and its companion extender, codenamed Echo. No word on the price of either but both are expected to ship in 2012.

While the Q and Echo might look like Microsoft Media Center, they aren’t. Based on the Windows 7 Embedded platform, the Q picks up where Microsoft left off but still leverages the great DVR functionality and free guide data. In addition to being used as an extender for the Q, the Echo is also a fully compliant Extender for Windows Media Center. The Echo will support both ethernet and MoCA for communication to the source and has HDMI-CEC for control as well as an included remote. When used with the Q, it will extend the entire Q experience, including streaming sources and enhanced search that facilitates content discovery. Speaking of the Q, that slot up front is a Blu-ray drive and in addition to being able to play Blu-ray Discs, the plan is to integrate as many streaming sources as possible (no partners to announce yet, though). The Q will also work with other Extenders for Windows Media Center, like the Xbox 360, but while the custom themes are there, the other streaming options aren’t. Ceton has even developed a Windows 8 Metro and Windows Phone 7 app to extend the Q experience to the handhelds — iOS apps are on the road map. These apps are primarily designed to be companions to the Q’s search and discovery features, but will provide access to content via WiFi.

Nice one guys on the scoop!

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According to a new patent filing, Microsoft might be bringing DVR functionality to a gaming console (the assumption being the forthcoming Xbox 720).


To be honest this isn’t much of a surprise with Media Center all but dead and Microsoft wanting you to do more with your Xbox.

Patent No. 8,083,593, according to the USPTO abstract:

A digital video recorder (DVR) application running alongside a television client component allows users to record media content on the gaming console. The DVR application also integrates itself with the console menu. Once integrated, users can record media content while playing games. Alternatively, users can record content when the gaming console is turned off. The recorded content can include television programming, gaming experience (whether local or online), music, DVDs, and so on. When in the recording state, users can also switch between various other media modes, whether gaming, television, and so on.

via: CNET

Here at UWHS towers, we got a large box arrive that contained the EchoStar HDS-600RS digital video recorder with Freesat+ and SlingLoaded TV anwhere. So lots to play with in a single unit. Here is the unboxing.

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EchoStar Europe, a leading developer of added value, connected device solutions to the digital television industry, announce their SlingLoaded® HDS-600RS, the world’s first HD digital video recorder (DVR) to combine Freesat+ features with Sling Media’s unique place-shifting ability, enabling TV anywhere, on all popular smartphones and tablets*.

The SlingLoaded feature enables users to watch and manage their live and recorded TV remotely anytime, anywhere, via 3G or Wi-Fi, with no additional monthly fees. With Freesat+, viewers get over 150 digital channels, including HD, On Demand services and the ability to pause, rewind and record TV, all subscription free. There‟s seamless access to catch-up TV including BBC iPlayer, with other connected TV services including ITV Net Player to follow.

Once connected to home broadband, the EchoStar HDS-600RS will Sling live or recorded TV anywhere, to your iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ smartphones or tablets, and any device supported by SlingPlayer® Mobile even to your Mac® or PC via SlingPlayer® (which can be accessed for free, online at www.uk.slingbox.com). This ensures that you’ll never miss a moment of your favourite show, movie or sports event ever again. Throughout your home or around the world, you can truly Sling your TV anywhere.

The EchoStar HDS-600RS delivers a host of viewing options; ‘live pause and rewind’ simultaneously watch one show and record another, and one touch series-link via the High Definition (HD) Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) all ensure that you’ll never miss a show! The 500GB hard disk drive provides huge capacity to record up to 300 hours of Standard Definition (SD) programming or up to 100 hours of HD programming. You can even connect to a compatible Dolby® Digital home cinema amplifier, using the integrated Digital Audio Port, allowing you to enjoy cinema quality sound at home. All this is packaged in a stylish unit with a touch sensitive display.

What’s in the Box?

The unit itself, plus manuals and guides, a remote control and various cables.


This looks like a very cool device – lots of capabilities with lots of potential.

So watch out for a full hands-on review very soon.

I’m off to plug it in and play!

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If you want your own security system for home and you want to record everything, then you may want to look at the Swann DVR4-2500 security recorder.

A lot of people want a good, but cheap solution to help secure their home or office, and Swann have released the DVR4-2500 to help with that little task.

Here is what Swann say about the DVR4-2500:

  • High quality video cameras with state-of-the-art 420 TV line CCD resolution
  • State-of-the-art night vision captures high-image clarity up to 50ft (15m) away
  • Input all 4 cameras at once for a total comprehensive security solution
  • View & record 4 channels simultaneously so you won’t miss any suspicious activity
  • VGA connection lets you view on your PC to record or store footage
  • Easily connects to any TV for additional viewing capabilities
  • Equipped with remote viewing software to stream over the web remotely
  • Lets you set & forget by recording continuously from all 4 cameras for over 30 days
  • Durable, all-weather aluminium camera housing protects what’s inside
  • Cutting-edge H.264 recording technology means less storage needed & higher image quality
  • Professional security solution for home or business at a fraction of the price


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Video Format : NTSC or PAL

Video Inputs : 4 Composite BNC Inputs

Video Outputs : 2 Composite BNC Outputs, VGA Out

Display Resolution :

NTSC: 704 x 480
PAL: 704 x 576

Display Frame Rate :

NTSC: 120fps
PAL: 100fps

Audio Input : 4 RCA Inputs

Audio Output : 2 RCA Outputs

Compression Format : H.264

Recording Resolution :

NTSC: D1 (704 x 480), HD1 (704 x 240) CIF (352 x 240)
PAL: D1 (704 x 576), HD1, (352 x 288), CIF (352 x 288)

Global Recording Frame Rate :

NTSC: 30 fps D1, 60 fps HD1, 120 fps CIF
PAL: 25 fps D1,50 fps HD1, 100 fps CIF

Recording Modes : Manual / Motion / Schedule / Sensor

Multiplex Operation : Triplex

HDD Interface / Memory Type : SATA

Hard Drive Support : Up to 1TB

LAN Connection : Yes

Network Interface : RJ45

Network Protocol : TCP/IP, DDNS

Remote Operation : Yes

Operating Power : DC 12V

Dimensions :

12.4″ x 8.9″ x 2.4″
315mm x 225mm x 60mm

Weight : 4.4lbs / 2 kg

Backup Method : USB to Flash Drive

Mouse Support : Yes

Remote Control : Yes

Remote Control Battery Type : 2 x AAA


So what is the box:

– DVR4-2500
– BNC Cable 50ft (15m) x 4
– BNC to RCA Cable 3ft (1m)
– Remote Control
– Software CD
– Mouse
– Power Adapter

– Operating Instructions

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It appears that the US one has a hard drive preinstalled and also 4 security cameras!


Even though this is a security recorder, it doesn’t come with a hard drive already installed (although this may be a UK only issue). But installation one (and according to the documentation, a SATA II Hard Drive up to 1TB can be used) was simply a case of unscrewing the lid of the DVR, slide it off, and then just connecting up and mounting the drive.

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