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MCE 2005 or PVR (DVD+HD Recorder)?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows' started by bradavon78, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. bradavon78

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    That's it.

    I've been thinking about getting a Toshiba DVD+HD Recorder but am wondering if MCE is the way to go.

    What does it offer over DVD+HD Recorders?

    At the moment I'm thinking these are basically PVRs but with the added element of having to set them up, right?
     
  2. Rambles

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    Not really....

    They are of course, fully functioning PC's which you can use to perform any tasks that PC's can perform. Examples, music playback, photo's playback, capturing from a camcorder, surfing the net, emails, instant messaging, playing games, office applications, unlimited file playback support(with the right codecs) unlimted upgradeability, tweakability, networkability..... you get the idea...
     
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    If you can afford it go the MCE route, the EPG and setting up to record entire series' is great, which I don't think you can with DVD recorders
     
  4. bradavon78

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    Thanks both of you.

    Many PVR/HD Recorders have an EPG.
     
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    At the moment none of the DVD/HD hybrids are freeview, they are analogue only, so that may affect your choice.

    I did think about building an MCE machine, but finally went for a Topfield 5800 freeview PVR, this has a USB port so you can transfer recordings to a PC and edit/burn to dvd.
     
  6. bradavon78

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    Good point but it would only bump the price up when I have a Freeview box anyway.

    If one were available I'd consider it though.
     
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    the aility to store you MP3 collection, photos and surf from teh comfort of your armchair
     
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    Media Center is much more powerfull and is a true all in one system unlike the DVD-HD recorders.
    Great menu system to access your stored pictures from digital camera, MP3's stored on hdd, Videos such as divx, xvid WMV, DVD's. Radio, Weather, advanced record features such as record series, quality settings, surf the internet use it as a PC, gaming etc true all in 1 !
     
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    Currently I am aiming at the "best of both worlds". I use a HTPC with Meedio for all the extra functions such as DVD, Mp3, 1:1 pixel mapping, etc and will soon be getting Sky+.

    I use the HTPC to watch Sky via DSCaler and will be using iuVCR to transfer stuff from Sky+ to DVD if Sky+ is getting a bit clogged up or if I want to record a series to DVD, etc.
     

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