Feeds

DAB dad Pure deploys DVR

Freeview HD set-top launched

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

The doyen of DAB radios, Pure, is to return to its roots - it was once called VideoLogic - and release TV-centric product: a Freeview HD DVR.

The unit, called the Avalon 300R Connect, will come in 500GB and 1TB versions and deliver the customary dual-tuner recording functionality: play, pause and rewind live TV; switch channels and set recordings through an eight-day EPG; record single shows or series, in standard definition or HD.

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

Pure has also thrown in the also de rigueur BBC iPlayer support - the box does YouTube too, as so many others do - and network connectivity, through 2x2 802.11n Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It will access and stream content from UPnP devices, and from storage connected to either of its two USB ports.

The 300R has a couple of HMDI ports for outputs and four more for input. But its key USP is Pure Connect, the company's internet radio system. This will be complemented "soon" with access to Pure Music, the firm's fiver-a-month subscription music service, to be delivered through a firmware update.

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

The main menu

Separately, an iOS and Android app, Pure Stream, will beam content from smartphones and tablets to the box.

The 300R's radio and music services are unique, but in other respects it's a bog-standard - stylish, though - Freeview DVR. At £299 for the 500GB model - the 1TB unit costs £349 - the price isn't out of the ordinary. The ersatz 3D UI is clean and aesthetically pleasing but not fluid - the frame rate goes low enough to make motion seem staccato.

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

The GPU may slip on the peel

So much for the Atom-based Intel CE 4150 system-on-a-chip it's running on. Intel launched the part three years ago, in September 2009. It's clocked at 1.2GHz; the graphics core, from Pure parent Imagination, at 400MHz.

Pure will be releasing the 300R initially through John Lewis, a move which shows the kind of audience the company is aiming at. Heck, the box is named after a Roxy Music record. Advance orders will be accepted from tomorrow; the box itself ships sometime in October. ®

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

The UI is full of angled panels

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

The EPG

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

Channel list

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

Pure Connect internet radio

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

Your recordings

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.