I'd like a small box for about $300 with:
- audio-video inputs
- audio-video outputs
- hardware MPEG 1,2,4 encoder and decoder
- 100Gb hard disk
- firewire or USB2 access to hard disk
- maybe a remote control for easier playback
This is similar to a Tivo or ReplayTV box, except that I really don't need the program guide, monthly service contract, tuner, set-top box controller, etc. I would like to easily plug the box into my PC to view a program on my PC, or to write a video recording to a CD-R or other medium, or transmit it on the internet.
I can get all of the above in a PC or Mac with a TV tuner card, but that is also overkill. I just want a simple appliance for recording digital video in a convenient and uncrippled manner.