IceTV offers keyword recording for PVRs, Media Centre PCs

Any device that is able to connect to the IceTV Interactive Web-scheduling service now has the ability to record via keywords.

IceTV's Keyword Record service

IceTV's Keyword Record service

IceTV has announced new features for PVRs and Media Centre PCs that use its service. Any device that is able to connect to the IceTV Interactive Web-scheduling service now has the ability to record via keywords.

Users can simply navigate to the IceTV Interactive Web site, sign in to their accounts and then add a Keyword Record note. Once a television show or movie that matches the keyword enters the schedule — ranging from actors to directors to genres and more — it will be set for recording.

Since the majority of IceTV-connected devices have hard drive storage larger than the TiVo’s 160GB, this service should allow plenty of shows to be recorded before hard drive space runs out.

For space-conscious users the system can be set up to flag shows meeting keyword criteria as Favourites — so they’ll be marked in the IceTV Interactive schedule but not recorded.

The features come at no cost and join a long list of updates to the IceTV Interactive service throughout 2008. The IceTV team say there's more to come in 2009, including downloadable content.

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