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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Web-Based PVR: Record TV and Radio Over the Internet

Faucet is a web-based PVR that lets you schedule recordings of TV and radio programs. It's like controlling TiVo over the Internet except it's free.

Simply select a channel to record, choose a date, and set a start and end time to schedule a recording. Faucet does the rest. TV shows are recorded as MP4 files, and radio programs can be downloaded as MP3s.

Since the site is based in Italy, most of the content are Italian terrestrial TV channels like Rai, SportItalia, and CameraDeputati. There is some English programming in the form of BBCWorld and MTV. Still, what Faucet lacks in content, it makes up for in novelty value.

However, I wasn't actually brave enough to view the recordings that were made by Faucet after I saw this warning message pop up:

Faucet asks to read private data from any site or window open in your browser, which for me is a dealbreaker.

A braver user than I will have to try out the service to see if it actually works.


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