You'd need 326 TiVo Premiere boxes to match what the SnapStream DVR can do with just one coax plug.
This SnapStream DVR is basically just a tech demo for now--but it's one hell of a tech demo. Loaded with 50 analog tuners, it can pull and record 50 channels, simultaneously, from your cable feed onto 136TB of storage. That means it's capable of saving 115,200 hours of searchable, recorded TV (or 13 years worth of content to watch).
Put differently, you could record 50 channels in your cable package for 96 days straight.
The system--which SnapStream will introduce at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas next week--is driven by a 1U dual-processor quad-core Nehalem Xeon server with "a ton of RAM."
So what would this beast cost were SnapStream to actually sell it? Well, a 4- to 10- tuner system with 3 to 15TB of storage goes for $12,000. I'm guessing you can scale that cost appropriately, then add plenty of ??? to the price since it'd be a custom job.
This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.