Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by RecordablDVDfan, Sep 25, 2004.
What is new with them exactly ?
According to their website they have a new model DVDR745/05 which has a Freeview Tuner and ilink. I'm really interested in it as I've given up waiting for such a machine to have a Hard Drive as well.
Only problem is that no retailers semm to have heard of it and when I rang Philips (they don't reply to e-mails it seems} the best they could say was that it's not on thier database!!!
When will manufacturers get their acts together??
I've just received an e-mail from Philips and it seems they've decided not to issue the 745/05 in the UK!
It makes you wonder where else a Freeview tuner would be useful.
So once again it.s manufacturers playing the old game of drip feeding us kit with the aim of trying to get us to buy one think then update, then update etc.....
That's odd as Freeview / digital terriestrial is more popular in the UK than any other Euro country!
It is odd as Freeview is a BBC thing, their marketing term for digital terriestrial TV and so can apply to the UK as far as I am aware.
It is either over optimistic marketing or the email from Philips is incorrect and it will be released, both are just as likely!
It probably is one of those mistake emails. Going a bit OT here but It's a shame I have to wait for a 'lift' to get freeview from the IOW where I am. The picture quality is so much better than Sky, it shows how poor the bandwidth is they use for channels. I'm sure the pic quality could be just as good if they ditched 90% of the pointless channels...
If they actually worked that would be quite an improvement already over the old models
Just seen on another thread that Sony are bringing out a model RDXS34 with hard disc. Freeview Tuner, Firewire etc etc in March.
Sounds the best yet and worth waiting for. Any more details anyone?
Errr, with a model number like that, surely that's Toshiba not Sony. (Toshiba RDXS30, Toshiba RDXS32, ...)
Indeed it is - and the missing unit RDXS33 was cancelled in the UK to prevent harming sales of the RDXS32/34. Info is sparce on the RDXS34 at present but What Video has stated it will probably have the following specs:
- Freeview Tuner (with full EPG support)
- DVD-RAM/DVD-RW/DVD-R Recording
- 250GB HDD
- Progressive Scan (NTSC and PAL)
Many thanks for the info. I obviously mis-read the other entry and should have realised it was Toshiba , sorry.
Sounds pretty good spec; but my only reservation is with the RAM format and compatability with other players/recorders when you want to exchange/lend DVDs to other people. I realise that you can use DVD-R/RW but presumbably some functions such as playback while recording are then lost.
If I used the machine as if it had only DVD-R and DVD-RW (pretended it was a Pioneer) what do you think might be the problem, if any?
Also I've e-mailed Philips to ask if the 745/05 was delayed or cancelled and they have just e-mailed me to confirm that it has been cancelled and won't be issued in the UK.
If you went for the Sony RDR-GXD500 with the Freeview Tuner (no hard disc)
and no ilink, any ideas how you could conect a DV Camcorder? Would S-video produce a good quality picture and would copying from the DV tape to the DVD reduce the quality much?
Or is ilink mainly about editing features on the DVD Recorder?
You would never use these features on DVD-RAM as you have the HDD. On the Toshiba DVD-RAM just provides HDD overflow space, i.e. if you are recording a series you can copy each programme to DVD-RAM and, when you have the full set, dub back to the HDD and archive to DVD-R/-RW.
iLink is a connection type - nothing more or less. It does give superior PQ to S-Video though. However it's worth noting that many camcorder users do prefer using a PC (largely due to the ability to copy DV video without re-encoding).
RogerH, if I were you and you really want an integrated DVB/iLink recorder why don't you wait 6 months - there will be several different options then.
Thanks again for your advice Rasczak.
As usual you've got me curious, what options do you know of that are coming up?
Panasonic, Sharp and Pioneer (and others) are all working on integrated DVB tuners - there are no details on their application of such yet though.
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