What a difference a year makes! Toshiba has announced the first update to its HD-DVD and hard-disk drive combo video recorder. The new RD-A600 and RD-A300 machines are half the size and weight of the original RD-A1 and much cheaper.

The two are differentiated by the capacity of the hard-disk drive: 600GB and 300GB, respectively. Features available on both recorders include the ability to stream HDTV across an in-home network using the DTCP-IP content protection system to compatible equipment; the ability to record two HD channels at once; upscaling of DVDs to HDTVs and high-speed transfer of HD content between Toshiba recorders via an IEEE1394 link.

Toshiba estimates the A600 will cost around ¥200,000 ($1,645) and the A300 will cost about ¥150,000. Overseas launch details were not announced.

Toshiba HD DVD DVR

Toshiba HD DVD DVR