Promise.tv: a PVR that records EVERYTHING on TV for a whole week

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25 Responses to “Promise.tv: a PVR that records EVERYTHING on TV for a whole week”

  1. Takashi Omoto says:

    You forgot to mention that the Promise Seven comes in a “polished hard wood enclosure with a black acrylic top” and looks terribly like something out of a Look Around You episode.

  2. Paul Bamford says:

    bit pricy.  Id sooner spend my pennies on a fast broadband connection and a VPN

  3. toby1kenobi says:

    Wow, the price of this seems crazy?! Although recording every single thing broadcast is an achievement, I think they’re overestimating the actual value of that ability.

  4. Daneel says:

    What’s free-to-air in the UK and worth watching that isn’t already covered by iPlayer and 4OD?

    Two grand sounds like an awful lot to record a week’s worth of QVC, Price Drop TV and repeats of Top Gear on Dave.

    Snark aside, what is there? I guess doing it this way saves on broadband usage at least.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_digital_terrestrial_television_channels_%28UK%29

  5. Wreckrob8 says:

    Productize? Commodify?

  6. GyroMagician says:

    We have a similar service from zattoo.com, served over the interwebs (no expensive box to buy). It’s pretty cool – we get German, French, Swiss and British TV, and it will record all of those for a month. It is, AFAIK, a legit service, but it’s so useful I’m amazed nobody has shut them down yet. Oh, and it’s dead cheap (I think we pay <7CHF/month to get HD).

  7. brainflakes says:

    “Promise Pro is an enhanced version of the promise recorder. It has extra features aimed at the professional viewer for use in the home.”

    How does one be a “professional viewer”? Sit there and be paid to watch television? How do I sign up??

  8. retepslluerb says:

    There’s probably a professional market for this device, but as a consumer, this is about as attractive to me as a filter that collects all the feces in a building for later inspection. 

    Yes, it might catch a golden wedding ring once in a while.

  9. wileyman says:

    This product is currently expensive to the average consumer. However, from what i’ve seen this is currently geared towards professional users and provides great value as it includes many more features than simply just recording 24/7 which is cool anyway. I assume that as soon as it is mass produced the price will be much more appealing to the average consumer.

    On top of this, cool high tech products are still being made in England!

  10. jedsa says:

    Brainflakes, professional viewer probably means TV critics and media pundits. There is a company that records all TV news and allows people to search for things by transcript, time, channel, etc., it’s what news channels use to find clips, but it’s also professionally priced even more than this device. 

    • Stooge says:

      The bigger professional market is ad agencies and PR outfits. These gizmos should be virtually indispensable for both.

      • PJDK says:

        I used to work at one such place (watching TV professionally is not all it’s cracked up to be).  We had banks of Sky+ boxes in the basement, something like this would be a major step up.

        Although we had PR and Ad Agencies as clients a lot of them were just ordinary (all be it large) companies who want to know when they or their product is mentioned on the TV.

  11. jimbuck says:

    And staff of the E! network’s “The Soup” rejoiced. 

  12. Jellodyne says:

    The local cable company stands to make a ton of cash if they were to run an industrial version of a device like this in their back end. They  give people on-demand access to it (including the ability to ‘save’ programs — which is mark them not to be purged post whatever the buffer length is). They can charge a DVR like service fee, without actually providing a DVR — a standard hard-drive-free set top box would suffice as long as it can stream from the back end, and they would be proving a better-than-DVR service.

    • Stefan Jones says:

      Um . . . I work in the video server biz. One of the available features is stream capture, for “DVR” like services. But the copyright rules impose all sorts of weird restrictions. Last I heard, cable companies specifically CAN NOT record everything once and then make it available to everybody; they would have to record everything for each interested subscriber.

      There are work-arounds, like a certain big player’s feature which allows a customer to start watching a shared recording any time while the original broadcast is still playing. (So, you could start watching Survivor at 8:59 PM and watch the full hour, but a minute later and you’d be out of luck . . .)

  13. troutandtoolbox says:

    The price tag is utterly ridiculous. £2000 for a freeview box full of daytime television?  To much money in anyones language.  Also, not a mention of HD?  For that amount of cash it should be able to do all your housework and tuck you in at night.

  14. MrEricSir says:

    Does it come with a feature where I can jack it directly into my brain and watch a week’s worth of TV in minutes?  Or is it too dangerous to let someone’s IQ drop that fast?

  15. Daemonworks says:

    Now all they need to do is make more than one or two shows I want to see!

  16. juepucta says:

    Make it a smaller box, customize how many hrs/days by adding external drives, (make it work outside US) – lower the prize

  17. Mikko Varis says:

    How much energy and materials are needed to manufacture a billion of these units and run them continuously.  What a waste of resources and only to ensure, that bullshit called entertainment is distrbuted by the rules, which ensure the optimum profit margin for the companies producing that hazardous waste.  If societal comatose has to be ensured, streaming services leave smaller enviromental footprint for increasing level of idiocy needed to produce ideal citizen.

  18. pjcamp says:

    So you can record five times as much programming as it would be possible to watch in an entire week with no sleep?

    I’m not sure I get it. Is there a banana involved?

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