Just as the onslaught of new fall shows were filling up our TiVo, the storage specialists at Western Digital have launched the first TiVo-certified external hard drive. Coinciding with the release of some TiVo Series 3 and TiVo HD software upgrades, the Western Digital 500GB My DVR Expander Hard Drive ($200) lets you record up to 65 extra hours of HD or 600 extra hours of standard definition shows. So now you don't have to think twice about adding that Season Pass of Pushing Daises.
Constantly searching for a way to get downloaded video onto your TV, but not a fan of set-top boxes? SanDisk might have an answer in the Sansa TakeTV ($100). With 4GB or 8GB of storage (8GB - $150), this accessory works like a USB flash drive, allowing you to simply drag over downloaded content in MPEG-4, DivX, or xVid formats, and then docking with a TV cradle to display it on your TV. A cheap, quick, and easy way to bridge the gap between your computer and living room.
A media lover's dream, the new Sony HES-V1000 Home Entertainment Server ($3500; Oct. 2007) packs a 1080p-capable 200-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD changer and a 500GB hard drive into one glossy black media tower ready to supply every TV in the house with content. Features include the ability to burn Blu-ray discs, an XMB menu, the ability to wirelessly stream music to devices such as Vaio computers and the Playstation 3, HDMI, component video, optical, coaxial, and analog outputs, Ethernet, and backlit, touch-sensitive controls.