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Something to record off of my digital tv

Found 11th Mar 2008
Hi everyone,

Currently have a VCR downstairs which I use a lot to record programs, however it will only record the analogue channels (1.2,3,4 and 5) and a lot of the programs I want to record are on digital.

So I have decided I'd like to purchase a new technological product which will be used just to record all digital programs and play them back, not sure what they are called as I said as I am no technological wizz! Don't want anything cheap though, prepared to pay a bit more for high quality recording.

And no I don't want to buy a Sky+ box or V+ box, it is inbuilt freeview in my television which I will want to record. So what exactly should I be looking to buy and can you recommend anything to me?

Thanks

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bt vision box only down side is you have to take or have bt broadband

You want a PVR mate. Or a DTR which seems to be the same thing but a newer name. Suggest you avoid ultra cheap ones and note that the big names in tv equipment are not big in PVRs. Top brands here are Humax and Topfield. On cheaper brands look out for the Freeview playback logo, what's this see
freeviewplayback.co.uk/
In my view avoid DVD recorders unless they have a hard drive. But my top tip is look at AVforums here
avforums.com/for…=47

got a bt vision box and a humax think its the 9200. i prefere to use the humax. think it has a better interface than the vision box... which coincidentally i have had to have the engineer out to repair/ replace bits twice now. and i think at around £170 from amazon (might be cheaper elsewhere) is a bargain! hope this helps. gijimmy

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You want a PVR mate. Or a DTR which seems to be the same thing but a … You want a PVR mate. Or a DTR which seems to be the same thing but a newer name. Suggest you avoid ultra cheap ones and note that the big names in tv equipment are not big in PVRs. Top brands here are Humax and Topfield. On cheaper brands look out for the Freeview playback logo, what's this seehttp://www.freeviewplayback.co.uk/In my view avoid DVD recorders unless they have a hard drive. But my top tip is look at AVforums herehttp://www.avforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=47



i agree... previously had a dvd recorder (philips) never used the dvds elsewhere so was just as annoying as a video without the retro-ness. and it has lots of things to go wrong... i now have a pvr....say no more....

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Thanks doberman and GIJimmy, have read up about them, I am looking to spend no more than £160, seems great that they can also pause and rewind live tv as well - much like a Sky+ box.

How many gigabytes for the PVR do you think an average tv watcher would need who would record no more than 10 programmes/movies per week?

PS: Added rep for both of you.

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Not sure if all PVR's are the same but Sky + uses 2gb per hour of recording.

I would imgine the Humax will be much the same.

So on a 160gb drive you would have the equivelant of around 27 x 3 hour VHS tapes.
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