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Barebone Twin Tuner Freeview DTR £39.99

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8y, 6m agoFound 8 years, 6 months ago
Got an old hard drive lying around and want a PVR

Product Features

· Futureproof your TV with a digital set-top box
· Install a new or used hard drive up to 500GB capacity for up to 250 recording hours''
· Watch one channel and record another
Barebone Twin Tuner Freeview DTR for £39.99 - just add hard drive

· Pause live TV (time-shift) and use scheduled recording
· 7-day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
· Auto-formats the hard drive for video use
· Compatible with most IDE hard disk drives
· A full hard drive can be replaced with another

Take advantage of the low prices in hard drives (see Accessories below) and build your own DTR (Digital Television Recorder). If you have a hard drive at home not in use, simply install into this Barebone DTR and give yourself hours of storage. The hard drive is installed on the under-side of the DTR and simply screws in.
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I'm gonna rate this hot because I think its a cool idea... I have loads of old HD's lying about, so this would be useful if I didn't have sky+
I’ve rated this hot coz its quite a cool idea because when you fill one drive up I guess you can just take it out and put another in so you don’t have to delete stuff you have’nt watched just to free up space! And hard drives are so cheap now its a winner!!!
This has been on offer for a while now at this price but is a winner - if you looking to buy a HD for it though Maplins are not the cheapest so look around
They've been this price for a month or so, I've had mine for a few weeks.
Pro's -
The reception is better than my 2 previous freeview boxes. Picked up every channel, and have had no problems with any of them (with previous boxes just moving the aerial half an inch would cause problems).
Installing the HDD is easy, takes less than a minute. And formatting the drive is very quick.
Recording is easy, as is pausing live TV.

Con's -
The EPG (TV guide) isn't too good, often you can't see what's on in 2-3 hours time, and sometimes it doesn't even tell you what's on the channel you're watching. Flicking up and down through the channels sometimes fixes this. As for it being a 7 day EPG, I've never got it to show what's on the next day, let alone the next 7 days.
When in the TV guide you do get a 1/4 screen picture, but you can't flick through the TV guide without actually changing the channel, which is pretty annoying.

I'd still say it's worth the money as it's a twin tuner model, but it's not without it's faults.
Wish more products would allow you / encourage you to add hardware ass you see fit
I also have this. It's ok, but having used Sky+ for many years it's nowhere near as good (but then, are any?)

* Cheap (if you have a HDD kicking around),
* Decent reception,
* Can be quiet (if your HDD is quiet of course)

* EPG is nowhere near as good as Sky+. I often find myself manually setting the timing of programmes as it takes an age for programmes to be displayed (if ever)
* It is twin tuner, but only in the sense that you can watch one channel and tape another at the same time. You can's use the hard drive for two different things (ie you can't tape two things at the same time, or even watch a recorded programme whilst recording another)
* You have to have the thing switched on for the recording timer to work (ie it won't kick off from standby).
This might sound stupid but can i record from my sky digibox into this?
you can only record the broadcast TV (freeview) - not from an external source
Thanks OP for this...

...BUT I was just wondering how this compare to all those REFURB/Grade A HDD freeview recorders in terms of ease-of-use, recorded picture quality?

As I believe for similar money you can get one of those with (albeit a smallish) a hard-drive already installed...the only thing putting me off is the comments about the EPG being slow & not that good...and having to leave the thing on (NOT standby) to be able to do a timer record (as the EPG is so bad!)...

...also anyone know if the firmware can be upgraded or modded in anyway - maybe so we could get dual-recording, or even "pause" live-tv functionality - that would be great (did see some Digihomes with twin tuners can be 'hacked' to do this...and that is another option I'm looking at for similar money - albeit a refurb/grade A)

...any more thoughts I'm tempted but not sure (as I do have a spare 80GB IDE drive lying around)...:roll:
As I believe for similar money you can get one of those with (albeit a smallish) a hard-drive already installed

I haven't seen a twin tuner PVR for anywhere near this price, refurb or not.
I haven't seen a twin tuner PVR for anywhere near this price, refurb or not.

maybe this at £35ish delivered
or that at £35ish delivered again
or summat else at £45ish delivered
bored now. loads of them falling over themselves below & around that pricepoint here. :thumbsup:
I haven't seen a twin tuner PVR for anywhere near this price, refurb or not.

you havent looked very hard then. I have two recently purchased for sub £40. this is pretty cold imo.

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