Best freeview box with hdd

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  1. av2diefor

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    Any opinions on this topic?
    I'm looking for one with dual tuners, one of which is analogue so i can receive teletext .
    Component out would be nice and a video input to record sky+ would be lovely.

    Does it exist?
     
  2. phindme

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    I'm intrested in knowing people opinions on freeview boxs with HDD in them, are there any to be avoided? Are there any you would recommend, not looking for anything too high level; it would be good if it could:-

    • record one channel while watching another
    • possibly output to another media, i.e. link to a pc
    • to be able to program it to change channels so it can record stuff while i'm away

    Thanks
     
  3. phcahill

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    I had the sagem 80GB one as part of a package deal with dlp rear pro from comet. Sadly the TV (and pvr) went back due to rainbows.

    It was twin tuner but you could not record two programs at once. Maybe because it always keeps a 30 minute buffer of the channel you are watching for instant rewind. You cannot turn this off so the disk life may suffer.

    It had twin RGB and Svid outputs (both via scart). Optical out for audio.

    Very fast digital text.

    However the epg took a long time to fill in and did behave weirdly sometimes.
    You could not record two programs back to back through the epg. Due to header and trailer time I guess.

    When scrolling through channels with the EPG, it changed the PIP channel too.

    During normal viewing you couldn't use the up and down buttons to scroll up and down the channels just to see what' else in on while continuing to watch a program.

    In other words, good machine but a bit annoying to use compared to my year old grundig.
     
  4. Wig

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    I'm using a Fusion FVRT100 at the moment and really like it. Works well and is simple to use. The EPG backgrounds though are a little garish. Twin tuner and you can record two channels at the same time whilst watching a third recorded program. I believe you can pick them up relatively cheaply now as they are being superseded by superior models. It has a 40gb which is fine for me - I tend to watch the recorded programs first chance I get and not let them build up.
     
  5. ihshaikh

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    Digifusion here too, the 80GB version, very happy with it.
     
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    Thanks for you replies, i was looking at a sagem but now i think i won't bother, you mention these fusion ones, is there anyway to backup a program you have recorded to another device e.g. PC or USB hard drive (i've got an 80g one)?
     
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    Only via scart in realtime as far as I am aware i.e. no proper Method.
     
  8. JimmyCobra

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    topfield tf5800pvr 160gig hd twin tuner, with usb2 in/out

    will allow burning of digital files to dvd via 3rd party software.

    now comes in black/panther only wished i had waited 2 months.

    cant fault this machine though.
     
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    thanks guys, the tf5800pvr is a little over my budget but thanks anyway for the info
     
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