DVD/HDD-recorder with ease of use

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by darkhelmet, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. darkhelmet

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    My mom asked me if theres anything on the market which enables her to easily record programs without the hassle of tapes/discs.

    Well, there is I guess -> DVD/HDD-recorder

    The current VCR my parents have, is a JVC with Showview.
    For most users, the blinking 0:00 still applies with VCRs, including my parents. (I've always be the one who setup the VCR with channels & clock)

    But how far has the market come since the DVD-recorders?

    I'm looking for a brand with clean simple intuitive graphic user interface, instead of dealing with a limited remote/display on a VCR.

    Any experiences with moms using DVD/HDD-recorders?
    Or opinions about this matter?
     
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    If you have Sky then consider Sky+ - alternatively a Freeview PVR such as the Topfield 5800 is a good option.
     
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    darkhelmet - You appear to be in the Netherlands. Are your parents there also? If so the options will be different from the UK depending on your TV system. What follows would apply in the U.K.

    Does your mom's TV has integrated Freeview of if she has satellite or cable.

    If she is still on analogue, then check if Freeview is available in the area and if so go for a twin tuner PVR. The Topfield is one option but there are cheaper ones such as the Fusion FVRT100. Have a look at
    http://www.emsee.co.uk/pvr/ and
    http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/freeviewreceivers.html

    If the TV has integrated Freeview then a single tuner PVR may be OK.

    If she is on satellite then Sky+

    If on cable the there should be a cable PVR like sky+ along soon - may already be available. I don't know.

    If analogue is the only option then DVD/HDD may be the best solution.
    The Pioneer 433 has a simple handset for basic functions.

    The main problem with all timer setup is that you really have to extend the start and finish times to deal with early start / late finish which is very common on most channels now.

    Before you buy I'd recommend downloading a few instruction manuals. Then you can better judge facilities and ease of use.

    As mentioned to someone else, you may like to do a set of step-by-step instructions of your own for the basic operations she will use.
     
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    thanks for the feedback eddyad

    i've done some research and found the following:
    Some of current models have a feature called Guide+

    http://www.europe.guideplus.com/En/help/countries_hostchannels.html

    should enable easy programming for recording over here in the Netherlands

    But i will search some manuals to see how each is controlled
     
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    GuidePlus works by having the recorder download a program guide for your service type (satellite, digital - not analogue) and the recorder uses an IR transmitter on a long wire to control the external receiver which you have found on http://www.europe.guideplus.com/
    The Pioneer 530 has GuidePlus. The manula is on the Pioneer (UK) site.
     

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