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  • Steve Withers

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    Steve Withers (Twitter, Google+) is a professional calibrator and freelance journalist who regularly contributes to AVForums, reviewing audio and video products, writing articles, appearing on our podcast and presenting numerous videos.

    Steve has been writing about audio and video products for nearly ten years and, along with AVForums, he also contributes to Tech Radar, Trusted Reviews, Pocket-lint, Home Cinema Choice, Hi-Fi Choice and Wired.

    Steve is a professional audio and video calibrator who is Level 2 certified with THX, the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and the Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). As such he remains abreast of all AV technology developments and the latest industry standards as we transition into a new era in home video and audio.

Ever since the Video Recorder entered the mass market in the late 1970’s with the choice of VHS, Betamax and Video 2000, we have been using PVRs (Personal Video Recorders) to record our favourite TV shows to watch at a later date and time.

These days the choice of how we record TV shows and movies has never been greater. There are a whole range of stand-alone Freeview and Freesat devices, along with YouView and other services like Sky+HD and Virgin. You can even buy one with a built-in Blu-ray recorder from Panasonic.

With such a huge range of possible solutions, manufacturers and service providers are adding more than just the PVR element. Most recorders now have DLNA (an industry-wide standard for sharing data over a home network), Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capability along with streaming services like Netflix and catch up services like BBC iPlayer. Time shifting, catch up and on-demand are proving ever more popular ways to consume TV and the PVR still has a valuable place in the British living room.

Popular brands include Sky+HD, Virgin Tivo, Pace, Humax, Samsung and Panasonic.

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