Problems with new Shaw Direct firmware leaves some customers fuming

Over the last week Shaw Direct has been quietly and slowly rolling out new firmware – version 06.22 – for the company’s HDDSR 605 and HDPVR 630 direct-to-home satellite receivers.

The update began with a select group of Shaw Direct customers last week, however, it has only been in the last few days that the majority of Digital Home readers received the new firmware.

Updated Bell External Hard Drive FAQ

In the last five years, the amount of high definition programming on television has exploded but unfortunately the storage capacity of many HD PVR’s has remained virtually unchanged.

To deal with the problem, companies like Bell TV have resorted to offering consumers the ability to connect an external hard drive (EHD) to their HD receivers. This updated FAQ, first published in January 2009, answers many of the commonly asked questions we get at Digital Home surrounding external hard drives for Bell Satellite TV.

Study finds television set top boxes are major energy hogs

In 2010, television set-top boxes in the United States consumed approximately
27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to the annual output of nine average (500 MW) coal-fired power plants, according to recent research by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The researchers estimate that the amount of electricity required to operate the approximately 160 million set top boxes and costs households more than $3 billion each year and results in 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Shaw Direct HDPVR 630 arrives in September

Canada’s number two Direct-to-home satellite television provider Shaw Direct announced today that its new dual tuner high definition PVR will arrive in stores on September 1st.

Features of the new Shaw Direct HDPVR 630 include: dual tuners; a 320GB hard drive; component video and HDMI outputs; Ethernet and eSata port; and MPEG-4 decoding.