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Freesat Standard Definition HDD recorder

Hinzy9 Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
My Dad wants to get a Freesat receiver with a built in hard drive. Only thing is he wants it to be standard def, not HD. (dont ask why!)

I can find SD Freesat receivers but not SD recorders. Does anybody make these?
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
I don't think there are any Freesat SD PVRs on the market to be honest, he would need to buy a dvd recorder and an SD box that has twin scart output like the Harvard (bush, grundig, goodmans) first generation boxes (newer ones only have single scart)

http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/index.php/digital-boxes

With ITV 1 now becoming a dedicated HD channel from April, if your Dad has a HD TV...and particularly if he enjoys football, with the world cup coming in 3 months, there is never really a better time to consider a Freesat HD Box.
#2
Thanks for your reply.

Yeah he's football mad and I've used the world cup line already but he claims his eyes don't run in HD so he wont know the difference and therefore thinks the whole HD thing is unnecessary (for him).
Looks like he doesnt have a choice anyway!

Next quesion.....are there any Freesat PVR's with a built in DVD 'player' only (i.e. not a dvd recorder)?
#3
Hinzy9
Thanks for your reply.

Yeah he's football mad and I've used the world cup line already but he claims his eyes don't run in HD so he wont know the difference and therefore thinks the whole HD thing is unnecessary (for him).
Looks like he doesnt have a choice anyway!

Next quesion.....are there any Freesat PVR's with a built in DVD 'player' only (i.e. not a dvd recorder)?


As far as I am aware no Freesat PVRs contain an inbuilt DVD Player, they just have a hard disk recorder which is what a PVR is (a programmable Video Recorder)

I just made the suggestion of a DVD Recorder/PVR add on if he wanted to go down the route of Freesat SD, as that would be the only way, in buying a DVD Recorder/PVR (and I do not think there are DVD Recorders with hard disks that don't also record to DVD-R)

He will notice the difference, clarity in sports is probably one of the most useful features of HD. Currently as well, the only option for iPlayer/ITV on Demand is with Freesat HD boxes too. Bang for buck they offer the most features.

If he is not very technical minded, having to program a DVD Recorder to record off Freesat SD would also be a pain, and not having a twin tuner would mean that he would have to record a channel without being able to watch another.

He really is much better off going down the Freesat HD route.

I already linked to Joinfreesat.co.uk which lists all current as well as past Freesat Models that are on the market. The only listed DVD/PVR option is a DVD recorder as well as player and that is this Panasonic http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/DVD+%26+Video/DVD+Recorders/DMR-XS350/Specification/2359663/index.html;jsessionid=0a6d28f630d8d11e9922f8c84f16a1a1d6af520450ec.e38Ka38Sax4TbO0Lbx0Na3qRbN0Re6fznA5Pp7ftolbGmkTy?trackInfo=true
#4
Yeah I understand what you mean about the SD receiver with the dvd recorder as a means to record in SD.

Its just my mum wants to just have one piece of kit under the TV, they have no need to record to DVDs as the PVR would store it on its HDD. They would just like to be able to play DVDs on the same device.

Looks like he'll have to go with the HD Freesat box with a separate DVD player which is what I was thinking.
#5
Hinzy9
Yeah I understand what you mean about the SD receiver with the dvd recorder as a means to record in SD.

Its just my mum wants to just have one piece of kit under the TV, they have no need to record to DVDs as the PVR would store it on its HDD. They would just like to be able to DVDs on the same device.

Looks like he'll have to go with the HD Freesat box with a separate DVD player which is what I was thinking.


Or opt for that Panasonic I mentioned, however thats an expensive waste to have a DVD Recorder/PVR and only utilise it for playback, it's £340+ There are also Blu Ray Recorders too, which are obviously compatible with DVD and Blu Ray playback, those are £435+

I would definitely suggest a Freesat HD PVR and a seperate DVD Player, lets face it, most DVD Players these days are pretty slimline, and even top branded ones are cheap. Take a look at that link I gave you and look at each one that states PVR, and do some price searching.
#6
FreeSat PVRs are sometimes marketed as FreeSat+.

I believe that the Humax models (FoxSat and PVR9300T) are both still available but you need to check which of these have SCART as most PVRs now seem to offer only HDMI.
#7
nick1austin
FreeSat PVRs are sometimes marketed as FreeSat+.

I believe that the Humax models (FoxSat and PVR9300T) are both still available but you need to check which of these have SCART as most PVRs now seem to offer only HDMI.


This thread is about Freesat not Freeview, the PVR9300T is a Freeview box :?
#8
Yes there are only 2 current box's on the market, the twin tuner Humax Foxsat HDR (£240ish) and the Technisat HDFS (£150ish) which has a single tuner and you can record to a USB device.

You could also look at a standard satellite PVR if your not bothered about the freesat EPG. Guv is probably the best person to ask on this, cable man myself.

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