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HDR1000S (500 GB)
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Humax HDR-1000S (500GB)

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: Twin Tuner, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview …

For those who depend on a satellite dish rather than an aerial, the HDR-1000S is a superb choice, as is for those who require DNLA streaming thanks to its amazing versatility and good integration …

2 reviews | 124 opinions (Above average)

 

DTRT1010
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Humax DTR-T1010

Integrated Modules / Features: Hard Drive, Dolby Digital, Internet TV, Timeshift, Twin Tuner, …

YouView is a fantastic service, and Humax' DTR-T1010 is the best PVR for it you can get right now, thus making it also the best Freeview HD PVR. Expert Reviews loved its classy design and great …

1 review

 

HDR-1000-S
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Humax HDR-1000S

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: Twin Tuner, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview …

As far as the hardware goes, the HDR-1000S is a fantastic box that looks great, runs some excellent software and overall does what it's supposed to in an efficient manner. On-demand content is …

3 reviews | 124 opinions (Above average)

 

 
Sky+HD 2TB (2012)
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BSkyB Sky+ HD 2TB (2012)

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: Internet TV, Timeshift, Twin Tuner, …

The good things about the Sky+ HD 2TB's predecessor are still present here, such as its nice design, silent operation and excellent EPG, which has in fact been updated to include new functions. …

2 reviews

 

BDE8500 (500GB)
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Samsung BD-E8500 (500GB)

3D-ready, Picture in Picture (PiP), Twin tuner, DVB-C, Integrated hard drive, DVB-T; …

As far as all-rounders go, the BD-E8500 is hard to top owing to its comprehensive feature list, good audio and video quality from all types of discs and support for USB playback. Hi-Fi World did

2 reviews | 60 opinions (Average)

 

More information at: Hi-Fi World, issue February 2013 Blu blade With 3D support, a 500GB PVR and multimedia functionality, Samsung's BD-E8500M looks like the perfect choice for those who bought a TV before the smart revolution came about and all sets started coming equipped with multimedia streaming, network connectivity and internet features. … to review

Avalon 300-R Connect (1TB)
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Pure Avalon 300R Connect (1TB)

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: DLNA, Twin Tuner, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview …

Considering that the Avalon 300R Connect is Pure's first set-top box, it's a pretty impressive device. It's extraordinarily well equipped, although if you have an amp or home cinema

3 reviews | 15 opinions (Average)

 

More information at: Home Cinema Choice, 5/2013 Pure Avalon 300R 1TB Pure made quite an impact in the world of digital radios, but will it have the same success with its 300R Connect set top box? … to review

HDR1010S
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Humax HDR-1010S

Satellite (DVB-S2); Integrated Modules / Features: Internet TV, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

Although reviewers at PC Advisor would have liked to see more on-demand services and criticised the temperamental controller, they said that Humax' HDR-1010S is a very good Freesat box at a very

2 reviews

 

More information at: Home Cinema Choice, 6/2013 Humax HDR-1010S Up until now, there was only one Free Time box available, Humax' HDR-1000S, but now it has gotten a stablemate: the HDR-1010S. … to review

STBE7500 (500 GB)
Samsung STB-E7500 (500GB)

Cable (DVB-C), Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: HDTV, DLNA, Internet TV, …

The STB-E7500's DLNA support might give it the edge over YouView if you have a lot of media stored on a computer or a NAS box, Expert Reviews said, adding that its built-in Wi-Fi, ease of use

4 reviews | 51 opinions (Average)

 

More information at: TrustedReviews, 9/2012 Samsung STB-E7500 Impressive as the STB-E7500 might look, the launch of the Humax YouView DTR-T1000 has dealt a huge blow to conventional set top boxes, so can this new PVR from Samsung offer anything to make it worth going for? … to review

Virgin Media TiVo box

Cable (DVB-C); Integrated Modules / Features: Twin Tuner, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

Tivo doesn't share all of the V+'s useful features, for example, it can't record to DVD, and as it didn't always catch the end of programmes, it appears to be a bit buggy, but

9 reviews

 

More information at: Computer act!ve, 2/2012 Virgin Media Tivo: set-top box TV recorder It boasts many of the same features as the V+, but Virgin Media's new set-top box is far more intelligent. … to review

BDDT7800
Samsung BD-DT7800

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: DLNA, Display, Timeshift, EPG, Hard Drive, …

"FOR: Intuitive interface; on-demand content; built-in wi-fi; class-leading picture and sound. AGAINST: Can't record two programmes simultaneously; can't use Smart Hub and

4 reviews | 28 opinions (Average)

 

More information at: TrustedReviews, 8/2011 Samsung BD-DT7800 The BD-DT7800 has a trick up its sleeve most other Freeview PVRs lack: it can stream and record content from the Internet or other networked devices. But this functionality comes at a price. … to review

 
Humax HDR-Fox T2
Humax HDR-Fox T2

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: EPG, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

Although the HDR-Fox T2 has a strong competitor in the company's own DRT-T1000 with YouView, it's still a strong Freeview+ box with a good number of features whose strongest point for S21 …

14 reviews | 554 opinions (Above average)

 

DMRHW100
Panasonic DMR-HW100

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: Twin Tuner, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

As far as the quality of its recordings goes, the DMR-HW100 is difficult to fault, say T3, praising also its 2D to 3D conversion technology. However, some details such as a stingy 320GB drive or its …

3 reviews | 78 opinions (Above average)

 

Freeview+ HD Box
View21 Freeview Smart Digital Set Top Box

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: HDTV, Twin Tuner, Hard Drive

"FOR: Affordable; very good picture quality; free app to turn your iPad into a second screen. AGAINST: Sluggish in use; YouView has more on-demand content; issue with surround sound."

1 review

 

More information at: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, issue 2/2013 App-friendly set-top box doesn't thrill The arrival of YouView has galvanised the PVR market and Harvard International is on a mission to exploit that with its own take on Freeview, the View21 box. ... … to review

TVonics DTR-HD500
TVonics DTR-HD500

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: Twin Tuner, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

"... it's not all puppy dogs and kittens. ... Still, as a no-strings alternative to the cable or satellite services, or an add-on for bedroom TV, the HD-500 makes a pretty solid case for …

10 reviews

 

DTR-Z-500-HD
TVonics DTR-Z500HD

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: EPG, Hard Drive, Dolby Digital, HDTV, …

CNET found very little to complain about in the DTR-Z500HD, citing some issues with SD video and its lack of support for music and video playback over USB as its only shortcomings. Luckily, …

6 reviews | 14 opinions (Average)

 

Dreambox DM800HD se
Dream Multimedia Dreambox DM 800 HD se (500 GB)

Satellite (Freesat & Sky), Satellite (DVB-S2); Integrated Modules / Features: PVR (Sky+ …

“Likes: outstanding picture quality; flexible software; fast switching times. Dislikes: few ports.”

4 reviews | 1 opinion (Average)

 

HDS600RS
Echostar FreeSat HDS-600RS

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

IT Reviews were impressed by the EchoStar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS's eye-catching design, but as well as being great looking and simple to setup, it's clever too. It enables you to stream your …

5 reviews | 106 opinions (Above average)

 

RTI 90320 HD
Sagemcom RTI90-320

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: EPG, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

"FOR: Good HD picture quality; able to record two programmes at once. AGAINST: Poor video processing; clunky to use; no streaming or network capability."

6 reviews | 117 opinions (Average)

 

Philips HDT 8520
Philips HDT 8520

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: Twin Tuner, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

There is little to fault about the HDT-8520, since its HD and SD picture quality are superb, it's almost totally silent when running and it supports dual simultaneous channel recording.

5 reviews | 118 opinions (Average)

 

More information at: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, issue 9/2010 Keep it in a box Freeview HD is here, but you need a new tuner to get it. You could buy a new telly, but a set-top box is cheaper. What's better than a 'normal' box? One that records, of course! Enter Freeview HD+. In test: Four set-top boxes were reviewed and rated. … to review

Sky+ HD
BSkyB Sky+HD

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: Hard Drive, Dolby Digital

The classy looks and large 2TB drive of the Sky+HD box make it a very tempting proposition, and luckily, they're not the only things to like about it. Connectivity is also excellent, and Sky …

2 reviews

 

 

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Product information and further reviews for Hard Drive Recorders

Virgin Media TiVo PC Pro 6/2011 - Even though TiVo has amassed a considerable following in the US, it had never managed more than a slippery foothold in the UK market. While this was partially due to its high price, it also had much to do with the popularity of Sky's pay TV. However, after having made a new contract with Virgin Media, TiVo is hoping to give the UK market another shot.

Virgin Media TiVo T3 3/2011 - Great on-demand, but pricey, with some UI niggles.

Freeview HD recorder hits the spot What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 8/2010 - ALTHOUGH IT'S GREAT to see so many Freeview HD set-top-boxes hit the market, some consumers are understandably holding out for PVR versions. They want to record as well as watch free-to-air high-definition content. ...

Virgin Media TiVo The Gadget Show 10/2011 - The most recent PVR to appear is Virgin Media's TiVo box. It follows closely behind the Sky+ HD box, but can it overtake to gain the pole position?

Virgin Media TiVo 1TB Expert Reviews 5/2011 - Not everyone can get Virgin Media's cable services, but they are more widespread than you may think with around half the homes in the country covered by the service. Of those there's almost five million homes using its TV and broadband services, and around one million using one of Virgin Media's V+ PVR boxes.

Humax HDR-FOX T2 Expert Reviews 2/2011 - We’ve long been fans of Humax’s PVRs, right from the PVR-8000T, through to the HD-FOX T2, which we reviewed around a year ago. Few Freeview PVRs can equal Humax’s models for ease of use and intuitive operation, and the HDR-FOX T2 is no different.

BT Vision TrustedReviews 4/2009 - BT Vision is only available to those who subscribe to BT Broadband likely limiting its attraction due to reluctance to be tied into a broadband and HD entertainment combination. Though with BT the default broadband provider, examining BT Vision is still important. Review details: Single Test. One set top box was reviewed and rated on design, features, image quality, sound quality and value.

Sharp by name - dull by nature What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 10/2010 - While standard Freeview HD boxes were quick to appear, their recording equivalents - branded as Freeview+HD - have been frustratingly delayed. So, has Sharp's TU-T2HR32 been worth the wait? ...

Thomson DTI 6300-16 - Top Up TV Anytime TrustedReviews 5/2007 - Television 'on-demand' has hit the headlines recently with both ITV and the BBC announcing a couple of weeks back that they'd be making all of their programs available on a catch-up basis online. But these aren't the only developments aimed at changing the way we watch the box. BT, for instance, has just launched its Vision service, combining a Freeview digital TV recorder with on-demand movies and other content over broadband. Channel 4 has been operating a selective download service – 4od – for a while now. Sky, meanwhile, has its Anytime service, which combines TV you can download and watch on your PC with a jukebox service, which records a selection of TV overnight and stores it to watch anytime you like. HD subscribers get this service for nothing and, very soon, so will owners of recent Sky+ boxes. Now, Top Up TV, which supplies premium channels via terrestrial digital, is getting in on the act, with a service, coincidentally also called Anytime (I hear the pitter patter of tiny lawyers' feet), and it's this that I'm reviewing here.

Topfield TF5810PVRt Personal Video Recorder TrustedReviews 4/2008 - Topfield's TF5810PVRt makes other video recorders seem like they are something from the Jurassic period. What is the TF5810PVRt packing that has others running scared?

BT takes visionary route to TV What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 9/2007 - BT's new 'Vision' internet TV system combines free-to-air digital TV with access to a vast online library of movies, music videos and standard TV programmes.

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The DVD recorder was only able to keep its place at the top of the technological must-have list for a short while. A hard disk recorder is now the newest and coolest way to record your favourite shows and movies and, when connected to a digital source, offers the advantage of being able to perfectly capture the original stream with no loss in quality. A hard disk recorder also allows the user to pause live TV. The so called 'time-shift' function lets you go off for as long as you need and then return to the show you were watching at the point you left it. This is a great way to avoid annoying adverts, simply start the time-shift and wait ten or fifteen minutes before sitting down to enjoy the show, skipping over the adverts when necessary and catching up with the programme to watch the end credits at the same time as everyone else. A hard disk recorder also offers an interesting feature that is perfect for sports fans. A constant buffer can be held on the hard drive so as to enable the viewer to perform his own instant replays. A hard disk recorder is also kinder on the house, hundreds of films and shows can be saved on the 3.5” internal drive, something which in the past would have required metres of shelving or cabinets. Hard disk recorders are available in sizes up to 400 GB and different quality setting mean that less important recordings won't sit on the hard drive taking up valuable space reserved for every football match of the season. Connection to the television is usually by SCART cable and many devices offer a Dolby digital output for connection to a surround sound receiver. Try and get to use a display model in the shop before buying as some menu structures are more easy to use than others and some on screen displays more appealing.