We all know we'll never see a Pioneer standalone DVR this side of the Pacific -- we know this -- and the
announcement of their new 160GB DVR-540H, 250GB DVR-640H, and VHS / DVD / DVR DVR-RT50H don't exactly ring any major
technical chords or anything. But what does catch our attention is the fact that all these DVRs support external drives
(up to 3 simultaneously), and are being sold alongside Pioneer branded external drives. Where you at TiVo? Once again
Japan leads the way -- if not technologically then by being unabashedly pro-consumer.