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Servers to time-shift TV for U.S. troops in Japan

Will they feel at home? System at the Yokota Air Base will time-shift programs on 33 available channels into their normal U.S. broadcast slots by holding them for nine hours.

U.S. personnel stationed at Yokota Air Base in Japan are getting a time-shifting server system that will broadcast U.S. television programs at the right time of day--meaning that prime-time shows will be on at the appropriate hour, despite the time difference.

The hardware and software acts as a computerized container, holding a show for nine hours before it's rebroadcast. One is required for each of the 33 channels available on the base.

"The time-shift servers work much like a very large TiVo," Keith Southard, chief executive of San Jose, Calif.-based Allied Telesis Capital, wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. "They take content in, store it on large hard drives, and then replay the content at the designated time--nine hours later in a continuous stream."

I wonder if there is a way to use a combination of TiVo and Slingbox to get the same effect--though clearly, you couldn't do it on the same scale as you would need to in order to support a large amount of people.