Yesterday saw the media launch of the latest personal video recorder from Dvico, the TViX M-6600N, and in some of the marketing material on display TViX is clearly aiming to take on the PVR market leader, TiVo.

This is the 5th-generation of PVR from Dvico, and it’s an interesting little package. You can buy it with a 1TB internal hard drive, or without. Why is this significant? Well, all you need do is slide off a side panel, and putting in a hard drive is as simple as plugging in into the socket inside the device. So it’s easy to slot a drive in if you buy the TViX M-6600N sans drive, or, if you feel the need to upgrade you can buy what is currently the biggest hard drive available here, 2TB, and quickly and easily pop it in.

Other features of the TViX M-6600N include:

  • Twin TV tuners – record two different channels simultaneously
  • HDMI 1.3 output
  • In-built 802.11n wireless connectivity – stream video, music and photos from your computer to your TV
  • Full HD (1080p)
  • Video formats supported: MKV, M2TS, MPEG 1, 2 and 4, RMVB-HD, WMV9-HD, ISO, IFO, MOV (H.264), FLV (H.263)
  • Music formats supported: FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV (DTS), AAC, WMA

Interestingly at the launch it was stated that the TViX M-6600N will sport a Freeview sticker on the front, but that the device WILL NOT have any of the Freeview hardware restrictions regarding ad-skipping.

Price and availability

The TViX M-6600N with the 1TB drive has an RRP of $699, without the drive, $499. At the moment the TViX M-6600N is only available from IT resellers, but an announcement regarding it being available in ‘regular’ retails stores is imminent.

We’re getting one to play with next week, so we’ll write more about the TViX M-6600N very soon.