TVOnics NEW DTR HD500 Freeview HD Recorder £84.95 @ Ebay / consumerelectricals

TVOnics NEW DTR HD500 Freeview HD Recorder £84.95 @ Ebay / consumerelectricals

£84.95eBay Deals
Found 5th Oct 2012
TVonics went bust and the Administrator has reached an agreement with TVonics previous Service company to sell and maintain for the 12 month warranty period.

I bought one previously at £89.95 and can testify these are 100% new and are superb HD Freeview Recorders with Twin HD Tuners. Also iPlayer access via the RED button service but no ability to record iPlayer content.

Unusually these were UK manufactured at the old Sony factory in Wales.


The DTR-HD500’s Slim and stylish design makes a statement in any room. This Freeview+ HD Digital TV recorder allows you to watch, record and pause digital SD and HD TV plus much more. With its 500GB Hard drive you can record hundreds of hours of your favorite programs, as well as catch up on missed BBC programs with BBC iPlayer via the red button.

Key Points

- Record High Definition at the touch of a button
- Just Like Sky+ but with NO monthly contract or Fees
- BBC iPlayer available through Red Button
- Series Record
- 500GB to record upto 500 programs

Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder
Supporting the full feature set of Freeview+HD including the ability to record a complete TV series, reschedule a recording and alternative instance recording. Watch, record and pause digital SD and HD TV. Record 2 channels at the same time.

High definition
Enjoy watching 1080p* High definition viewing with no contract. HD channels available are BBC HD, BBC ONE HD, ITVHD, and Channel 4HD or S4C HD (Subject to location). Plus SD channels upscale for better quality viewing.
HD Channels support Dolby digital plus pulse, connect to home cinema system for premium-quality surround sound.

Trailer bookings and recommendations
Record a programme from its trailer with a single button press and get recommendations for programmes of interest based on existing timers.

HDMI Switch allows you to connect your other HDMI devices to the box then run only one HDMI cable to you TV. 2x USB ports

Extra features
Picture in picture, Changeable EPG (5 colour scheme options available), EPG and Library search feature, Genre search feature and Multiple delete function.


Ideal use - Multiple HDMI sources 1 HDMI Display, Watch and Record Freeview HD, Connect to Home cinema system
Built In Freeview Receiver - Yes
Built in Freeview Recorder - Yes
Number of Tuners - 2
HD Output - 1080p , 1080i, 720p, 720i, 576p, 576i
VFD Display - Yes
Scoreboard Compliant - Yes
TV Guide - 8 days
Parental Control - Yes
Picture in Picture - Yes
Programme Guide - Yes
Teletext & Interactive - Yes - MHEG-5 1.06
Channel Control - Sorted & Hidden & Parental Control
Front Panel Buttons - No
On-screen graphic - Yes
Help Guides - No
Number of timers - Unlimited
Audio Description - Yes
Alternative Instance Recording - Yes, manage recordings that conflict
Dolby Digital Plus Pulse - Yes
Direct co-axial connect to TV aerial input (no SCART socket) - No
Number of SCART sockets - 1
Optical Digital Audio (SPDIF) - Yes
Pause and Rewind Live TV - Yes
One Touch Record - Yes
Skip (FF & RWD) - Yes
Number of simultaneous recording - 2
Auto Standby - Yes, user selectable. Saves energy when you are not using it
Series Record - Yes, records the entire series for supported programs
Accurate Recording - Yes, changes recording time
Trailer bookings - Yes, Record a programme during its trailer
Recommendation - Yes, recommends programmes associated with pre set recordings
Library - Yes, select and manage your recordings
Silent In Standby - Yes
'Standby' power usage (watts) - <1W
'On' power usage (watts) - <30W
Radio Channels - Yes - Free to Air
TV Channels - Yes - MPEG-2 Free to Air & MPEG4 AVC
Measurement (HxWxL) - 85mm x 380mm x x200mm
Casing - Black high gloss plastic

This item comes with a full 1 year warranty from Westcoast Asset Management (WAM)

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£79.99 is manufacturer refurbished
Fantastic deal; these were RRP £280 when they came out. Excellent expert reviews
I paid £100 for one a few months ago. I would say that the SD broadcasts aren't upscaled quite as well as my old Topfield 5810, but the HD broadcasts it provides are really very good, plus, where broadcast (though it's rare at the moment) you can get 5.1 surround on the HD channels too! For 85 quid, I think it's a bit of a steal! Hot!

Edited by: "Getafix" 6th Oct 2012
Unable to open box to view the item and return if not happy with the item, that breaches the Sale of Goods Act.
gone up to £119.99 now!!!
On the face of it, it looks quite stylish but I have had it for 3 days, it has frozen 4 times and had to turn it off each time to get it back.
The volume and mute does not work, the seller tells me I have to tune in the remote with my TV but I have tried every option in the User Guide witrhout success. The manufacturer has gone bust so there will be no sofware upgrades when things go tits up.
Wonderful price, very fast delivery sadly it would be even better if it worked as it should.
now that the manufacturer has gone bust does anyone have any idea of a suitable dongle that would work with this,,
Richer Sounds are offering this at £115. Now Richer have good no quibble support (I know, I've used it) which might help out in the case of a discontinued manufacturer.

And at £115 it would still be the best value HD PVR anywhere at this moment.

The menus are just about the simplest you can get, good for the non-techie, so good for the elderly etc.
Plus this is a UK-centric design so has a good understanding of Freeview.
Who knows, the product may even be picked up by another company again like Intempo was.

But just where do you get the latest firmware? The last firmware even gives you BBC iPlayer if used with the TVonics WiFi dongle. Oh, and where do you buy that?
Have found a site that will enable lastest software and also which dongle to purchase.

If you go to that site, scroll through all information is there.

Unable to open box to view the item and return if not happy with the … Unable to open box to view the item and return if not happy with the item, that breaches the Sale of Goods Act.

just buy 10 and send em back - if only to pee them off - bang out of order that. They wont have a leg to stand on - im buying one just to open it and send it back and see what they say

Richer Sounds are offering this at £115.

WOW = amazing deal, only 30£ more than the OP's deal here. Give us a shout when it gets to £200 and ill dive right in
Someone seems to be expressing some frustration here. Did you miss the deal? The eBay price from an Buy It Now seller with stock inc P&P has now firmed up to £97.
I suspect because the acquisition of Tvonics means the firmware now gets support.
Any eBay based deal is prone to change day by day.
Anyway I received my Tvonics HD box a week ago from the new owners of the brand, Pulse-Eight, preferred to spend £18 more as tech support should be better.
Very happy, twin tuner + iPlayer working well on WiFi.
But the tip off was right here from HUKD for sure.
BTW - I ordered the DTR-Z500HD not the HD500. Their specs and prices on Pulse-Eight are identical.
Avoided the HD500 as although the casing looks slick, seems to me it will be difficult to open for fixing/disk upgrade and cooling cannot be as reliable as the bigger casing and big fan vent of the DTR0Z500HD.

The DTR-Z500HD is on Ebay today £94.99 inc postage but is a refurb:

A bargain but the same thing inc postage is available new at just £20 more from the manufacturer with a 1 year warranty.

Not really worth posting a new HUKD deal on these slight variances of model or pricing.
But at £90 is refurb or £115 new , these HD recorder boxes have got to be a big bargain.
Needs some heat or I no longer can take HUKD Heat rating as a useful indicator!
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