Since my Topfield 5800 died the other day (after many tweaks and repairs of various magnitude over the years) and since only the awful 5810 could be bought to repair it, I decided to give up on expensive PVRs - just about everything in the market seems fraught with crashes and missed recordings, so why pay lots when they're all junk regardless? Hence I decided to "go budget". Of the various cheapish Vestel clones, the Hitachi HDR253 looked OK so I got one from Argos today. It's not too bad really - quite responsive in general, UI is basic but OK, etc.; but there is one major flaw I've not seen in any review: It decodes the picture into the wrong place. The entire TV picture is shifted up by a few lines, so my well-calibrated TV set shows a thin black bar along the bottom edge of the display. Either it's cropping the top edge or compressing the image vertically (but there is no obvious evidence of fractional scaling in terms of picture softness or missing line artefacts). Analogue TV, Topfield STB output, PS2 output, LD player and DVD player output is not shifted in this manner. I was similarly horrified when I saw the same thing on a Freeview-decoding Panasonic DVD recorder in another room once, but after a forced OTA firmware update this bug was fixed. Call me fussy, but the primary purpose of a TV set-top box is to display TV and the HDR253 doesn't do it properly! Are all Vestel boxes similarly broken? Is it just this Hitachi model? Has nobody else noticed due to overscan, or perhaps because their boxes are actually decoding the image into the correct place on screen and it's just mine that's broken? Unless there's a fix for the shifted image decode, I think I'll be forced to return this as unfit for purpose - digital TV receiver cannot correctly receive digital TV. Ho hum!