Here is an interesting article titled VCRs Gain Hard Drives in Prototypes at Show
And here are two very interesting paragraphs from said article (with my bolding):
"Matsushita Electric Industrial, which is better known by its Panasonic
brand name, was also showing off a prototype of its new hard drive video recorder, the NV-HDD2. The machine is based on an audio-visual hard drive--a special drive developed to better support long audio and video files. What's more, you can add drives to the system to increase its storage capacity.
Other features include a built-in tuner for digital satellite broadcasting and IEEE 1394 ports for connection to a high-speed home network and additional hard drive units.
[This message has been edited by karog (edited 10-13-2000).]