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Panasonic DMR-HW120 500Gb Freeview HD Recorder £119.99 @ Currys

khyrnkhyrn

Just looking for a new Freeview HD Recorder for my TV to work with my AMP (current one doesn't output DD over HDMI).

Came across this on the Curry's website, big saving on it, was £279.99 now £119.99.

Recent firmware update from Panasonic to improve VieraCast.

Netflix and BBC iPlayer support along with a dozen other apps.

500Gb HDD
Dual Tuner
Decent EPG
Quick to use
Easy Setup

Overall I am impressed, had a old Freeview box from Panasonic and the improvement in the Firmware is worth it alone.

I know there is no inbuilt Wifi, I'm using a bridge, have done some research and I think I can get a wifi dongle here as its the same chipset:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261065425379?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    azocarbo
    Sorry if this is a bit of a silly question, but to get the HD channels would you need any kind of dish? Or are they sent over the airwaves and no dish is needed? Just a normal aerial wall socket?
    SteveM79
    azocarbo
    Sorry if this is a bit of a silly question, but to get the HD channels would you need any kind of dish? Or are they sent over the airwaves and no dish is needed? Just a normal aerial wall socket?


    this is a freeview receiver, so it just requires an aerial. Enjoy
    apple21
    got it, love it, recommend it.
    Larrythelimpet
    Just picked up the last one from Coatbridge. Can you transfer your recordings to a usb stick and then to a PC?
    Ar460rn
    azocarbo
    Sorry if this is a bit of a silly question, but to get the HD channels would you need any kind of dish? Or are they sent over the airwaves and no dish is needed? Just a normal aerial wall socket?

    Freeview HD is over the same route as normal Freeview (ie aerial) but afaik is only available in London at the moment.
    Plug your postcode in here to check - Freeview HD site
    blackrat62
    Freeview HD available almost everywhere - not just London
    dannymccann
    Yep, I get HD Freeview here in Lincoln, nature docs look great on my 42" on BBC1 HD :D
    rnp76junk
    To those who have this model... is it easy to use? Looking for a PVR like this for technophobe mother who's looking to ditch Sky. Thanks in advance...
    khyrn
    Ordered the wifi dongle, will let everyone know how I get on with it, for £4 its worth a risk.....hoping that Panasonic just built the driver into the STB's Linux Kernel and not some special handshake.
    khyrn
    rnp76junk
    To those who have this model... is it easy to use? Looking for a PVR like this for technophobe mother who's looking to ditch Sky. Thanks in advance...


    Yeah very, it does auto setup on first power on.
    david11
    great unit for the price, good guide and nice remote.
    SirHugo
    rnp76junk
    To those who have this model... is it easy to use? Looking for a PVR like this for technophobe mother who's looking to ditch Sky. Thanks in advance...


    Yes, foolproof. Bought my mom one (but with added Blu - Ray player) a year or so ago - hasn't missed a beat.

    Picked one up tonight from PC World Staples corner (DMR-HW120). Bought one several weeks ago from Hyperfi - a refurb - actually cost me more. The best PVR I've owned - and I've had about a dozen. A bonus of these Panny recorders is that you can boost the speech channel which is great for late night viewing or the slightly hard of hearing like myself. Plays all movie formats, mkvs etc off a USB flash drive, and it's a doddle to chapter and edit recordings.

    Grab one while you can.

    SirHugo :{
    troublesome1
    Does this have a recording buffer, like the two hour one on the Humax HDR Fox-T2?
    cheunw
    troublesome1
    Does this have a recording buffer, like the two hour one on the Humax HDR Fox-T2?


    Yes it does. But it gets erased when you play a recording or change channels.
    troublesome1
    cheunw
    troublesome1
    Does this have a recording buffer, like the two hour one on the Humax HDR Fox-T2?


    Yes it does. But it gets erased when you play a recording or change channels.


    Yes, that's the same with the Humax. Just read a review of the Panny and it suggests that you have to press the pause button to start recording to the buffer, whereas the Humax is always recording the channel you're watching. Is this true?
    Bobtab
    Great find. Just picked one up to replace my ageing panny ex88.

    Heat added.
    cheunw
    troublesome1
    cheunw
    troublesome1
    Does this have a recording buffer, like the two hour one on the Humax HDR Fox-T2?


    Yes it does. But it gets erased when you play a recording or change channels.


    Yes, that's the same with the Humax. Just read a review of the Panny and it suggests that you have to press the pause button to start recording to the buffer, whereas the Humax is always recording the channel you're watching. Is this true?


    Just tried this and the buffer starts from when you've changed to that channel just like the Humax.
    troublesome1
    Many thanks, good to know.
    cheunw
    troublesome1
    cheunw
    troublesome1
    Does this have a recording buffer, like the two hour one on the Humax HDR Fox-T2?


    Yes it does. But it gets erased when you play a recording or change channels.


    Yes, that's the same with the Humax. Just read a review of the Panny and it suggests that you have to press the pause button to start recording to the buffer, whereas the Humax is always recording the channel you're watching. Is this true?


    Just tried this and the buffer starts from when you've changed to that channel just like the Humax.


    Many thanks, good to know.
    Flipd
    khyrn
    Ordered the wifi dongle, will let everyone know how I get on with it, for £4 its worth a risk.....hoping that Panasonic just built the driver into the STB's Linux Kernel and not some special handshake.

    I assume the wifi dongle you ordered has arrived by now?
    Does it work ?
    Thanks.
    khyrn
    Unfortunately not, need to do more research, for the moment I've setup a wifi bridge with an old router.

    Powerline adapters are the best bet.

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