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About £70 cheaper than anywhere else (superfi £269.95) as far as I can tell. Don't forget quidco too...

Watch and record your favourite programmes in HD. The HDR5010 is a Freeview HD digital TV recorder making it ideal for those who want to make the most out of their HD TV. Freeview+ HD gives you access to Freeview HD channels including BBC HD and ITV HD plus up to 50 standard definition digital TV and 24 radio channels, without subscription. You can also pause, record and rewind live TV and record an entire series at the touch of a button with series record. The HDR5010 features twin Freeview HD tuners so you can watch one channel while recording another or record 2 programmes at the same time. The large 500GB hard drives provides plenty of space to record up to 125 hours of high definition programming or up to 250 hours of standard definition content.
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Seems like a basic Freeview HD recorder....no advanced functions like Divx playback, BBC I Player, media storage MP3 Etc.......

Edited By: rob585 on Dec 28, 2010 18:28: provide more details
#2
Got one yesterday, took it back today and got my money back. It was a bit slow changing channels,and froze up on me twice, it was also a bit blocky on channel 5 and fiver.

Watch out for Comet returns policy or you may get stung for their 'repacking' charge (10%) if you buy one and decide to take it back. It is one of the first HD freeview recorders and it probably is overdue for a firmware update.
#3
ian8
Got one yesterday, took it back today and got my money back. It was a bit slow changing channels,and froze up on me twice, it was also a bit blocky on channel 5 and fiver.

Watch out for Comet returns policy or you may get stung for their 'repacking' charge (10%) if you buy one and decide to take it back. It is one of the first HD freeview recorders and it probably is overdue for a firmware update.

Did you get charged 10%?
Exactly how bad was it as I'm thinking of getting one?
#4
the girl at the till put the comet sticker over the box and told me to say it was unopened so I didn't get charged. I think I was lucky... The box was pretty bad. After a while it just stopped responding to the remote. There are a few bad reports on the AV forums too.
#5
ian8
the girl at the till put the comet sticker over the box and told me to say it was unopened so I didn't get charged. I think I was lucky... The box was pretty bad. After a while it just stopped responding to the remote. There are a few bad reports on the AV forums too.

Thanks, I might give it a miss.
#6
The HDR5010 is a basic Freeview HD PVR. That's all. No more, no less. It is brand new tech so is crying out for a firmware update. I have had one for a week now and I must confess to liking it.

Yes, it's a little slow changing channels but only if you're speed hopping channels. And yes it's frozen up on me too, but having said that so has my Humax and my PS3 and PC etc etc. This PVR lacks advanced features. But some prefer simplicity. It's easy to use. So it's probably worth £150-£199 but no more. It has come in handy for recording my Christmas TV.
#7
matedodgy
The HDR5010 is a basic Freeview HD PVR. That's all. No more, no less. It is brand new tech so is crying out for a firmware update. I have had one for a week now and I must confess to liking it.

Yes, it's a little slow changing channels but only if you're speed hopping channels. And yes it's frozen up on me too, but having said that so has my Humax and my PS3 and PC etc etc. This PVR lacks advanced features. But some prefer simplicity. It's easy to use. So it's probably worth £150-£199 but no more. It has come in handy for recording my Christmas TV.

Not sure what to do now. I can get it for £180 with a discount through my employer. Not sure whether to take a punt and hope for a software update sometime soon.
#8
well I've had it for a few days now, yes it can take a second or so to swap channels but it works absolutley fine. Considering the other recorders at this price I am happy.

As for advanced features it does play some media from usb, but I have an xbox for all that jazz.
#9
LINGY96
matedodgy
The HDR5010 is a basic Freeview HD PVR. That's all. No more, no less. It is brand new tech so is crying out for a firmware update. I have had one for a week now and I must confess to liking it.

Yes, it's a little slow changing channels but only if you're speed hopping channels. And yes it's frozen up on me too, but having said that so has my Humax and my PS3 and PC etc etc. This PVR lacks advanced features. But some prefer simplicity. It's easy to use. So it's probably worth £150-£199 but no more. It has come in handy for recording my Christmas TV.

Not sure what to do now. I can get it for £180 with a discount through my employer. Not sure whether to take a punt and hope for a software update sometime soon.


Difficult choice. The box has issues - mainly lockups - but I feel they could be fixed. I paid £199 and I am not unhappy or rushing back to the shops like other people. I think for £180 it's a great deal. Is it your only PVR? And what's the alternative? You could wait and see. Or you could go for a Foxsat box of some kind.
#10
matedodgy
LINGY96
matedodgy
The HDR5010 is a basic Freeview HD PVR. That's all. No more, no less. It is brand new tech so is crying out for a firmware update. I have had one for a week now and I must confess to liking it.

Yes, it's a little slow changing channels but only if you're speed hopping channels. And yes it's frozen up on me too, but having said that so has my Humax and my PS3 and PC etc etc. This PVR lacks advanced features. But some prefer simplicity. It's easy to use. So it's probably worth £150-£199 but no more. It has come in handy for recording my Christmas TV.

Not sure what to do now. I can get it for £180 with a discount through my employer. Not sure whether to take a punt and hope for a software update sometime soon.


Difficult choice. The box has issues - mainly lockups - but I feel they could be fixed. I paid £199 and I am not unhappy or rushing back to the shops like other people. I think for £180 it's a great deal. Is it your only PVR? And what's the alternative? You could wait and see. Or you could go for a Foxsat box of some kind.

Yes, this would be my only PVR. I just want to be able to record the odd TV programme now and again. I've thought about a Freesat PVR but i don't think 4HD is available on Freesat is it?
#11
So what did you decide in the end, Lingy96? Just curious. I think for £180 it would be great buy.
#12
matedodgy
So what did you decide in the end, Lingy96? Just curious. I think for £180 it would be great buy.
Still contemplating it. I can't see anthing similar anywhere near this price so i might take the plunge tomorrow as i have one on reserve.
#13
matedodgy-decided to go for it on your recommendation.

First impressions are good. I've only had a quick play with it as i didn't pick it up til late yesterday. I recorded Elizabeth on ITV HD and although i haven't watched it yet, it seems to have recorded it with no glitches.

Couple of (minor) gripes. Firstly, the illuminated circle to show it is powered up is huge! I would have preferred something a bit more subtle. It would be nice if it could be turned off or at least dimmed as it does draw your attention to it especially when it's on standby and turns red. Surely, the standard blue colour would have been better.

The second gripe is the colour of the banner which shows the programme details. Lime green! A more aesthetically-pleasing colour would have been better.

Yes, the channel change is a bit slow but this doesn't bother me as i've been using a standard Virgin Media box for several years so i'm used to a bit of lag. I can live with this as it will only be used a few times a week to record the odd programme here and there.

Overall, i think it is a good buy for the money and would recommend it. Thanks for your advice.
#14
Good stuff. You had it for a bargain price too. I quite like the lime green as its different, but I would have liked to be able to choose a different colour. The red circle is funky but I agree it should be blue or green when on. As you say they are minor gripes.

It will occasionally lock up but just needs a firmware update in the future when released.
#15
Hi again matedodgy. Haven't unpacked mine (from Play) yet. Was away over Xmas but luckily it was left at my neighbours. Probably set it up tomorrow.

Been reading the thread (and the previous Play one) and ultimately not too bothered about features and tricks - just need something that is reliable for timer recording with a rock steady picture. Also how is this for operating noise? Any humming/fan noise at all? This is pretty important for me.

My other PVRs seemed to have settled down a bit over Xmas – obviously the bad weather was causing some issues, but still having the occasional glitch, so pretty much hoping that the Tosh is trouble free.
#16
SirHugo, it has a rock steady picture. I will test for operating noise and post back. Or have you unpacked now?
#17
matedodgy
SirHugo, it has a rock steady picture. I will test for operating noise and post back. Or have you unpacked now?


Not yet. Waiting for a couple of HDMI leads to be delivered (should be at work tomorrow). Saw on the other thread that brookheather has returned his.

Thanks for your help!
#18
SirHugo
matedodgy
SirHugo, it has a rock steady picture. I will test for operating noise and post back. Or have you unpacked now?


Not yet. Waiting for a couple of HDMI leads to be delivered (should be at work tomorrow). Saw on the other thread that brookheather has returned his.

Thanks for your help!


Don't worry about Brookheather. He's probably making a killing on ebay. Will test soon.
#19
Tested noise. In summary, there is some noise, almost like a leaking air sound when in operation. But that's with my ear right up close to the unit. So it's not whisper quiet. It would probably only be a problem if it was in your bedroom during the night. So some noise but not excessive.
#20
matedodgy
Tested noise. In summary, there is some noise, almost like a leaking air sound when in operation. But that's with my ear right up close to the unit. So it's not whisper quiet. It would probably only be a problem if it was in your bedroom during the night. So some noise but not excessive.


Thanks very much matedodgy - that sounds fine to me
#21
Bought one from comet, Says it can play back mp3 and divx on loads of websites, but i can only get photos from the usb. Has anybody else had any luck playing videos from the usb.

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