Devised as a consumer product for households the system offers the distinct advantage of being seamlessly and remotely accessed through well-established web interfaces which means that the user only needs to access a terminal with a www browser to interact with the system. The system allows users to stream music, video and image items available in different devices without having to perform a specific configuration.
The concept behind the Virtual PVR is to aggregate the functionalities spread among various home consumer devices such as TV, STB, NAS, PVR systems, DVD player, or the PC, on a universally accessible web-based interface. The ultimate objective is to offer a richer, more flexible PVR system experience to the user.
Author: Pedro Saleiro
Type: MSc thesis
Partner: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto