New Whole home HD PVR now available from Rogers

Without any fanfare or public pronouncements, Rogers Cable this past week began selling the Cisco 8642 Whole Home high definition personal video recorder (HD-PVR) which should replace its aging 8300HD PVR.

Although roll-out plans for the new HD PVR have not been announced by Rogers, Digital Home believes the company will not formally announce the new set top box until it has cleared out its inventory of older PVRs.

The Cisco 8642HD Whole Home PVR was introduced by Cisco at the Cable Show in April of 2009. According to Cisco, the set top box features: dual tuners with hard disk drive storage ranging from 160 to 500 Gigabytes; 1 GHz Tuning which could allow Rogers to expand network bandwidth to provide additional services; MPEG-4 (H.264) decoding support; support for tru2way, personal media which enables display of photos and playback of video and audio from standards-based home network connected devices; Ethernet Connection; Whole Home PVR enables sharing and managing of video services throughout the home to other connected DVRs, set-tops and consumer electronic devices using standards-based connection and security technologies; Digital Transmission Content Protection over IP (DTCP-IP) provides encrypted content protection, such as “copy-one-generation” or “copy-never” based upon content copy control information (CCI), when output through an IP connection to an authenticated device; and optional Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) support.

Cisco 8642 Whole Home HD PVR

While all these capabilities are built into the set top box, it is unknown at this time which features Rogers will chose to enable.

Connections to the Cisco 8642 include Component output, digital and optical audio output, S-Video output, HDMI, USB 2.0, eSata, Ethernet and cable out.

Cisco 8642 HD PVR Connections

The Cisco 8642 HD PVR is now available in select Rogers Video stores in a 160GB version for $499.

Discuss and learn more in Digital Home’s 8642 PVR from Rogers discussion thread.


8 Responses to “New Whole home HD PVR now available from Rogers”
  1. TED Richards says:

    Hey its about time they released a new PVR but if it only offers the current guide and software now available who cares. We need a TiVo type offering from Rogers. The current Guide on the PVR is horrid, also with this being HD 500Gig Hard Drives ought to be the standard. I don’t need to add another box to my Living Room for more hardrive space live the PVR Extender just increase the amount of storage in the PVR.———————-

    Rogers is always late in the game for offering new Hardware then when they do it’s a disappointment.

    Rogers get a grip on reality, these dated PVR software implementations are terrible, offering the same thing in a new style box is useless!!!!

  2. Eric says:

    The Cisco unit is for sale only – not possible to rent.

  3. Vedder says:

    The new generation PVR will also have a large ROGERS logo on it reminding us of their monopolization.

    • Shawn says:

      Hey if you don’t like Rogers then go with another Cable provider,,, oh that’s right there is only one for us Rogers. Funny there is Bell and Shaw Direct that’s 2 satalite choices how come only one for Cable…….. When do the Rogers ATM and Bank branches launch in Ontario??? I like paying more for my services so they would fit right in with the banking industries don’t ya think??

      • Ian says:

        The problem with cable competition is that the infrastructure is not invisible like satellite. A new cable company would have a new cable plant, new distribution. It would only add to the jungle of coax in some neighbourhoods already. Not to mention the unlucky person who would could potentially have 2 pedestals on their front lawns.
        Even worse, imagine having a fire hydrant, street pole, bell pedestal, hydro transformer, and 2 cable pedestals ….haha that would be funny..

  4. Shawn says:

    Here is an idea make the storage space larger ,(Kinda nedd that with HD don’t you?) the guide more intuative, maybe trow in YouTube and drop the price. $499.00 are you kidding for what? Isnt this just a 8300HD in a black case with a Cisco logo on it??? I guess if you prefer a black box instead of silver and you prefer the name Cisco (Who bought Scientific Atlanta) the this is good for you.

    Don’t forget to purchace the PVR Extender from Rogers for a couple of hundred bucks while your at it so where are we then 499.00 plus 200.00,, Wow 700.00 dollars,,,, wow what a steal.

    Anybody else got any great ideal on how to make Rogers more money???

    • Scott says:

      Shawn, my 8300HD doesn’t have an ethernet port, doesn’t act as a media extender nor support MoCA. Now of course Rogers will probably cripple these services at first, but don’t be all snitty that it isn’t everything you want. It seems like a good 5-7 year advance compared to the 8300HD. Credit where credit is due.

  5. Maqubex says:

    Why is it so hard for more Cable companies to come out?
    In india, every neighbourhood had their own Cable operator…
    This sucks and I hate monopoly. That’s even worse than capitalism…