Nowadays, the DVR (Digital Video Recorder or Personal Video Recorder as it is also called) has become a necessary appliance,
especially for those who want to record their favorite TV programmes
in digital format without
to understand too much about complicated functionality or confusing formats. While the first
DVRs were released with only an optical storage drive, KISS Technology as well as several other manufacturers
have begun introducing DVRs with a HDD installed that's big enough to store up to 120 hours of continuous
recording with the Mpeg2
format. We tested the latest DVR and Mpeg4 player from KISS
Technology, the DP-558 and we present its main features along with the results
of our "real life" tests. Lets begin :-)
The DP-558 from KISS Technology is a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and as KISS
states in the product homepage "...Digital Video Recorder from the
next generation, the DP-558 proves to be more than what is first expected from
such a product. What if you could watch live television, then pause it for
a while and start it again when you are ready to watch more. What if you could
browse through an electronic program guide, find the desired program, press
Record and the schedule for the next recording would be set. What now if you
could have online services directly available from your television screen,
be able to see the weather forecast or just play games..."
The main feature of the DP-558 is its internal HDD with a capacity of 80GB
that allows recording up to 120hours of television programs, depending
of course on the chosen recording quality. Recording can also be scheduled, if you know the
time of the program you want to record, or for immediate recording
just press the record button on the remote control.
Another interesting feature of the DP-558 is the so called "Time Shifting". In
case you don't exactly understand what it does "...You're watching
a good movie on television when the phone rings. It's an important call,
but you don't want to miss the plot. Easy... just press Pause on your remote
control, and just like magic the image freezes. After the call, just press
Play to resume watching..."
The KISS DP-558 includes a 10/100 network connection, which means that it
can be connected to the local network and of course to the internet, for retrieving
interesting information that is provided by the KISS Electronic Program
Guide. The EPG is a service giving you the opportunity to check all
TV programs on the KiSS DP-558 player. This service provides you with the
opportunity to check the latest TV programs
directly on your TV screen and makes it easy to decide what to watch and record.
The EPG covers all the TV stations available in Europe. But more on this feature
Something really interesting is the KiSS Remote EPG. In short, you can log on to the TV Guide from your computer, WiFi-enabled PDA or GPRS and browser-enabled phone, and schedule it for recording within seconds. Another use of the network connection...
There are also three other online functions available: the Online Weather Report , Online Games and probably the most interesting, WebRadio 3.
KISS, in order to connect the DP-558 with your local network, offers the PC/MAC Link
software. If you have Windows XP or a later Windows version installed on your PC,
you can play Audio, Video and picture files located on
the connected PC. The DP-588
also lets you transfer files from the PC’s hard disk to your KiSS DP-558's
Hard Disk. All this makes it easy to view and play audio, video, and picture files
directly from the PC. Of course KISS doesn't support transfer of copyrighted material "...Please
note that original audio CDs, video CDs, and DVD videos cannot be copied down
to the hard disk!..".
The PC/MAC Link software also allows direct access to
your DP-558's Hard Disk from a connected PC through FTP. Simply enter
the DP-558’s IP address on your PC’s Internet browser to
view the full contents of the player’s Hard Disk. You can now copy all audio,
video and picture content to and from the DP-558. You can rename the Hard Disk’s
audio, video and picture files from your PC as well as any recordings you
have previously made. If you need to share your recordings, no problem
at all. Just copy them to your PC and burn a DVD.