News Release:Pioneer Introduces High-end HDD/DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner

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March 14, 2006
Pioneer Corporation

Pioneer Introduces High-end HDD/DVD Recorder with Digital TunerCapable of recording up to about 92 hours of high-definition terrestrial digital broadcasts onto the 800-GB HDD in the HD picture quality



March 14, 2006, Tokyo, Japan - Pioneer Corporation announced today the introduction in Japan of the DVR-DT100, HDD/DVD recorder with a digital tuner. The new HDD/DVD recorder, equipped with a digital tuner for terrestrial, BS and 110-degree CS digital TV broadcasts, is capable of recording up to about 92 hours of high-definition terrestrial digital TV broadcast directly onto its large-capacity HDD (800 GB) in the high-definition picture quality*1.

It is estimated that, with the expansion of the reception area in Japan for terrestrial digital broadcasts, over 80 percent of all Japanese households will be able to receive terrestrial digital broadcasting by the end of 2006.*2

The Pioneer DVR-DT100 will be strategically placed to meet the demand of a large number of customers eager to record hours of programs in beautiful high definition. The 800 GB built-in HDD allows users to fully record high-definition digital broadcasts, which contain approximately four times more information than analog broadcasts.

Pioneer plans to launch the new high-end HDD/DVD recorder for the Japanese market in late April, 2006, with no retail price suggested.

Main features:

1) Large-capacity HDD of 800 GB, capable of recording about 92 hours of terrestrial digital high-definition TV programs in the HD picture quality*1.
2) High-resolution (1920 x 1080 dots) Electronic Program Guide (EPG) screen available for digital broadcasts*3, to display a large volume of information at high resolution to realize a clear, easy-to-use GUI.
3) VR-mode recording to a Dual Layer DVD-R disc to allow users to move high-definition digital video recorded in the HDD to a disc at a higher picture quality than before.
4) Environment-conscious design to realize low energy consumption
Power consumption in the standby mode (FL off): 0.6 W
5) Other features
  • HDMI*4 output terminal for high-quality digital video transfer
  • Simultaneous recording of digital and analog TV broadcasts, while playing back the program from the HDD or DVD
  • Simple and powerful auto-search functions in EPG timer recording including Keyword Search (using the specially tailored data containing about 220,000 words), New Program Search to quickly search for new TV programs, and Rough Genre Search to search for TV programs related to the user's desired genre selected from 12 selections.
  • Program Trace (Program delay and Event Relay), unique to digital TV broadcasts, to free users from timer-recording failures
  • Help Navigator displays the operation guide screen to tell users the next operation even if they haven't read the instruction manual.
  • DV input terminal used for copying video material from a DV camera to the HDD or a DVD disc
  • Remote Timer Recording from PCs or mobile phones


*1 With the DR mode area set to 100% on the HDD, the maximum recording times are obtained by calculating based on the bit rate of 17 Mbps for terrestrial digital broadcast HD picture quality.
*2 According to the announcement of the Association for Promotion of Digital Broadcasting.
*3 The high-resolution EPG screen is only available for digital broadcasts.
The EPG for terrestrial analog broadcasts uses the G-GUIDE technology
developed by Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.
G-GUIDE is an EPG service provided by Interactive Program Guide Inc. based on the technology developed by Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.
G-GUIDE and G-GUIDE logo are registered trademarks of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.
The EPG for digital broadcasts uses SI (Service Information) specified by ARIB.
*4 HDMI: High-Definition Multimedia Interface. HDMI, HDMI logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

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