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

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Found 28th May 2013
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:

ebay.co.uk/itm…379?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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Seems decent enough though old model. I might even consider it if it were Freesat as my Humax is pap.

Mmm... not saying it's not a decent price but it was only the quoted price for 5 weeks a year ago.

I'm concidering this one, which surely is a better future bet ebay.co.uk/itm…804

Original Poster

Wasn't interested in another BD Player to replace my PS3

Expandable storage on the 500Gb HDD was a real selling point for me, best thing is it works properly with my Sony DH820.

simmobb2

http://www.just-electricals.co.uk/product_detail.aspx?p_id=385 £99.00 … http://www.just-electricals.co.uk/product_detail.aspx?p_id=385 £99.00 delivered



ex display? if you read on down...

Cheers just what im looking for, heat added

JMD64

ex display? if you read on down...


Virtually all vendors advertising under £170-ish tend to be shifting ex-display or refurb units.
£119 is a great current price for a new unit, although as the new model hits the streets June 2013 there may be more rigourous discounting of this older stock in the coming weeks.

Nice research on dongle chipset OP.
Would be interested to hear if the ebay item works.

The Viera Connect feature gives you access to Catch-up TV, Skype, Movie … The Viera Connect feature gives you access to Catch-up TV, Skype, Movie Steaming and much more!



What is Movie Steaming?

Damm. Brought one last week from Currys for £149.99. I hate it when that happens. Heat added anyway.

Generally happy with mine. The partial delete feature is useful. However the delayed response (about 1 second) when using the remote is annoying. Also has no scart sockets.

I would recommend the Humax HDR-FOX T2-G if you can live without the partial delete. I miss the quick response and HD reception of the Humax.
Edited by: "cheunw" 28th May 2013

Good deal, does this have RF out ? Looking to hook it up from front room to bedroom.

Good deal, does this have RF out ? Looking to hook it up from front room to bedroom.

Barney the dog

Good deal, does this have RF out ? Looking to hook it up from front room … Good deal, does this have RF out ? Looking to hook it up from front room to bedroom.



Not sure but you watch it through the HDMI connections.

Horrorwood

What is Movie Steaming?



You can connect it to your broadband router via a cable or through wifi (£70 for wifi dongle) and then watch BBC iPlayer through the internet.

Horrorwood

What is Movie Steaming?



It's a process similar to kettling - ask the Met Police for details

Hmm, I don't want this but at the price could sell it of for £150 or so.

cmontgomeryburns

It's a process similar to kettling - ask the Met Police for details


Something to keep an iron.

khyrn

Wasn't interested in another BD Player to replace my PS3 :)Expandable … Wasn't interested in another BD Player to replace my PS3 :)Expandable storage on the 500Gb HDD was a real selling point for me, best thing is it works properly with my Sony DH820.



Might be having a blonde moment but this isn't a bluray player/recorder it is simply a dual tuner PVR.

For this sort of price it is an absolute bargain though unless you need the latest Pansonic Smart TV offerings - pretty much bargain basement price for a quality product that was twice this price not so long ago ...

On one hand these Smart TV offerings have added an excuse for a lot of people to upgrade (when they really don't need to) but on the other they have also left the manufacturers with very dated products on the shelf - for anybody not looking at that side of the product this is a great buy though.

If it's the same one I bought (a year ago?) there are a couple of things you should know (which now may have been fixed with a firmware update). Firstly mine packed up after one week (guessing i was unlucky) and i would have just swapped it. However for the £200+ i originally paid, it had a limit to the number of shows you could series link and I thought this was - and as Stephen mulhern would say - 'unbelievable!'
Edited by: "vinsona85" 29th May 2013

Does anyone know if I can record satellite tv to the hard drive? Obviously I would need to select the correct source input. Not bothered about freeview. Just want a hd recorder for satellite tv. Thanks!

cheunw

You can connect it to your broadband router via a cable or through wifi … You can connect it to your broadband router via a cable or through wifi (£70 for wifi dongle) and then watch BBC iPlayer through the internet.



Knew someone would miss it

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?

azocarbo

Sorry if this is a bit of a silly question, but to get the HD channels … 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

got it, love it, recommend it.

Just picked up the last one from Coatbridge. Can you transfer your recordings to a usb stick and then to a PC?

azocarbo

Sorry if this is a bit of a silly question, but to get the HD channels … 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

Freeview HD available almost everywhere - not just London

Yep, I get HD Freeview here in Lincoln, nature docs look great on my 42" on BBC1 HD

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...

Original Poster

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.

Original Poster

rnp76junk

To those who have this model... is it easy to use? Looking for a PVR like … 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.

great unit for the price, good guide and nice remote.

rnp76junk

To those who have this model... is it easy to use? Looking for a PVR like … 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

Does this have a recording buffer, like the two hour one on the Humax HDR Fox-T2?

troublesome1

Does this have a recording buffer, like the two hour one on the Humax HDR … 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.

cheunw

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

Great find. Just picked one up to replace my ageing panny ex88.

Heat added.

troublesome1

Yes, that's the same with the Humax. Just read a review of the Panny and … 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.

cheunw

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



Many thanks, good to know.

khyrn

Ordered the wifi dongle, will let everyone know how I get on with it, for … 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.

Original Poster

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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