There's a good chance you've never heard of Pace, but back in April, the company--a developer of cable and satellite set-top box digital video recorders--acquired the set-top box and connectivity solutions business of Royal Philips Electronics. That fact has very little to do with this post, other than to give you an idea of the size of Pace and how it has its DVRs running in more than 17 million homes. (Pace DVRs work in any regions that are serviced by Comcast and/or Dish Network.)
So maybe you have a Pace box in your home right now and you want to know more about this silver box above since it's certified to work with its DVRs. This is the Seagate Showcase. It was announced back in May and is expected to ship soon. Available in 500GB and 1TB capacities, it's a DVR expander using a Seagate Pipeline HD hard drive designed specifically to handle the challenges of recording and playing HD video in a home theater environment.
You can get one with either a USB 2.0 or eSATA interface depending on your DVR's port options. Even if you don't have a Pace product, it may work with your cable company's DVR (just be sure to check with your service provider and/or the manufacturer of your box).The 500GB is available for preorder for $179.99. No word yet on pricing for the 1TB.
If you can't wait and need space now, maybe Western Digital's expander will work for you. It's limited to 500GB, but it too comes in eSATA and USB 2.0 versions and is certified to work with TiVo HD and Series 3 models as well as Scientific Atlanta Explorer and Dish Network ViP HD DVRs.