M-Vision Satellite and Freeview Box USB PVR and Ethernet ST-5 - £129.99 at Maplin + P&P - HotUKDeals
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I was wondering whether that might be a good PVR - It doesn't have a HDD inside BUT it can record straight to USB and from Satellite...

Satellite and Freeview combo set -top box
USB PVR to record on to USB flash or USB external hard drive
Playback recorded programmes from your computer (.TS file format)
Ethernet (RJ45) socket for easy channel and firmware updates
5,000 channel memory (TV and radio)
Blind scan (Powerscan) compatible
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
1 smart card slot and 1 CI interface
Fully compliant with MPEG-2 digital and DVB broadcasting
950-2150 MHz frequency range
65,536 colour On-Screen Display (OSD)
Automatic PAL/NTSC conversion
Zoom function
DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2 and USALS compatible
Parental lock facility by service or program event
RGB output through the SCART connector
SCART and composite (phono) video output
In-built games and calendar
Subtitle supported
Multi-lingual audio/menu text

You can connect the ST-5 to your broadband router for easy updates and the USB socket can also be used to play back media MP3 and AVI files. Note
Codec for the .TS recorded file is available from http://www.free-codecs.com/download/HDTV_Pump_Filter.htm
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#1
Doesn't seem a good deal to me. No hard drive as stated & you won't fit many programs on a flash pen.

You would need to buy a hard drive. It looks as if it will record from satellite but only whichever channel your satellite receiver is connected to which any DVD Recorder can do anyway..

Don't see the point in it unless i'm missing something
#2
recording direct to a external usb hd is excellent - fast transfer to a pc when it's done, for encoding to h264 or xvid. The humax and topfield can transfer via usb from it's internal HD, but is obviously very slow.

I think this is too expensive though, £80 would be a reasonable price. If it had a internal HD and allowed you to copy via ethernet then it would be fantastic and well worth the £130. Having a rj45 socket on it and only using it for firmware/channel updates is a massive waste imo.

Also, according to some sites that sell it, some models of this features a DVB-S tuner, so nothing like a dvd-recorder. a dvdrecorder is an analogue capture - so fuzzy, soft and low quality. This will give you a pure digital (PDTV) capture. I dunno if this one does.
#3
Would be great guys if you could provide me with more information.. It seems as if getting a Freeview DVD recorder or some way of getting video files out of a PVR ranks on top of features sought by punters.

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