Streamload seems like a really neat idea for storing/archiving your DIY PVR files online. Although I wonder if it’ll end up in the same hotwater/scrutiny the old MP3.com CD lockers fell under. The Free Account comes with 10 GB Storage where you can Download Up to 100 MB/mo. There’s several tiers for a monthly/yearly fee to increase storage capacity and monthly download quota. Streamload recently struck up a partnership with Meedio which seems like a natural fit once they create a Meedio Streamload Plugin to automate your online video content archiving from within the HTPC suite.
Some details from the site:
Below are the six steps to use Streamload as your unlimited capacity PVR/DVR (non-TiVo® locker):
* Find the digital video recording files you wish to archive in your locker.
* (Optional) – Compress the file using a video application like Dr. DiVx . This can reduce the file size by up to 75%.
* Create a Streamload account here (It is FREE!):
* Download and install the Streamload Uploader software here:
* Drag and Drop the selected files (they will likely have file extensions like .mpg, .avi, or .wmv) into the application window’s upload pane.
* You’re done! Your file(s) will now be accessible in the inbox of your Streamload account. You can organize your shows as desired using the online file manager and download them or stream them to any Internet connected device. Because these files are in commonly used file formats, you can play them on just about any media player.
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July 20, 2005 11:00 AM US Eastern Timezone
Take Full Control of Your Personal Digital Video Recordings (PVR/DVRs)
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 20, 2005–Do you record your favorite broadcast or cable shows and wish you had access to them whenever or wherever you wanted to use them? Are you running out of disk space because your digital video recordings are so large?
TiVo(R) successfully popularized the concept of personal video recording (PVR). However, they are not the only player in this space. In addition to desktop boxes likes like TiVo(R) and ReplayTV(R), there are a plethora of computer-based solutions that provide the same or similar solutions. Software products like Windows XP Media Center Edition, Meedio Essentials, Snapstream’s Beyond TV, SageTV, and Linux-based MythTV, as well as hardware solutions like TV tuner and video capture devices from companies such as ATI, Hauppauge, Pinnacle Systems, Plextor, ADS Tech, and AverMedia, all make it easy to digitally record broadcast TV onto a hard drive or other memory media.
Even though these products may all work in different ways, they do have one thing in common – they create BIG files.
If you are worried about filling up your hard drive and want to maximize your PVR’s available space, you can opt to capture at lower quality. For example, if you set your TiVo(R) or other PVRs to capture at a lower resolution or with PC-based PVRs, you can use a variety of “compression” programs like DiVx to shrink your video down to a smaller file size. The trade-off is that the smaller the file, the lower the quality of the video playback and the more likely you are to see pixilation and less-than-perfect on-screen images.
However, even with the best compression technologies, you still end up with very big files. Even sacrificing on the quality of the recording, you will still be limited to the number of shows you can keep at any given time.
So, what’s the solution to store and share your shows forever with on-demand access?
Consider an Online “Video Locker” Service
Online “video locker” solutions include setting up an FTP server or traditional web hosting services, which specialize in storing and providing access to digital media content. There are a number of FTP and web hosting options, but someone considering these options should have good knowledge of Internet file transfer technologies. Other, more simple, online “video locker” options include services like Streamload, which give their subscribers unlimited online storage. Their media libraries can grow larger and larger without any additional devices to buy and provide the ability to send and move large video files across all Internet-connected devices.
The Benefits of an Online “Video Locker” Service
— 1) Simply upload your recorded TV broadcasts to your personal account (instead of clogging up your hard drive, or forcing you to burn and keep a library of DVDs and CDs).
— 2) After you upload your favorite shows to personal account, you can then erase the original files from your PVR to create empty hard drive space so that you can capture more episodes of your favorite shows.
— 3) Once your favorite shows are uploaded to your online account, you can download or stream the files to any of your own devices with a web browser and an Internet connection, from anywhere in the world.
When choosing a “video locker” service, consider the following:
— 1) Does the service offer unlimited online storage? You’ll want a service that can handle your growing media collection.
— 2) Can you store and deliver media collections on demand without regard to email size or storage limitations? When you send your files, you don’t want to be limited!
— 3) Is the service available through any Internet-connected device and require no additional hardware or software investment for users?
— 4) Does the service offer drag & drop capability from your computer and an online file manager to organize your shows as desired?
— 5) Does the service support commonly used file formats so you can play them on just about any media player?
— 6) Does the service offer protection for all Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies associated with recorded files?
“Video locker services can be the ultimate add-on to anyone’s PVR system. The service should provide the freedom to move PVR files across all Internet-connected devices as well as store and deliver media collections on demand without regard to size or storage limitations,” said Michael Cai, senior analyst with Parks Associates.