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Hitachi Offers HDTV With Removable Hard Drive

22 Mar, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Hitachi Ltd. in April reportedly will launch a flat-panel high-definition television with both an internal and removable hard drive.

The Tokyo-based consumer electronics manufacturer is marketing separate 80GB and 160GB drives as auxiliary recording capacity for its new 250GB internal drive plasma and liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, according to a Reuters report.

The internal drive would act as a digital video recorder capable of storing both standard and HD content.

The so-called “information versatile disks” will include technology to prohibit the duplication of copyrighted HD content, including movies.

The report claimed the portable drives could ultimately eliminate the need for next-generation, optical-disc formats HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc when recording HD content, but a Hitachi spokesperson didn't sound so sure.

“Hard drives are a very different medium from optical discs, and we will study both,” said Masanori Yoshino, GM of Hitachi's planning and marketing division.

Andy Parsons, SVP, industrial solutions business group, Pioneer Electronics, a Blu-ray backer, agreed, saying the external drives wouldn't have the capacity to store many HD movies.

“Eight to 10 Blu-ray [movies] are not a library by any stretch of the imagination,” said Parsons.

Hitachi also is a member of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

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