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PVR without digital signal?

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by Craig, Sep 11, 2005.

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  1. Craig

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    I'm missing too many Top Gear, MoTD and other essentials, but I am loathe to get a VCR

    I've been scouring the threads but cannot seem to get a direction, so....

    ....apologies.......

    I don't live in the UK (but get the Beeb) , so don't have a digital signal (unless I get sat, which anyway I cannot)

    So I'm trying to work out if there's a product that will allow me to record to HD with - ideally - the benefit of an EPG if I do not have a digital signal? From what I can make out I'd need a DVDR with a HD, say the KISS 558 which I can get for 480 euro. However, I'd prefer, if possible, so ething cheaper. Quality is not the real issue, I have a seperate outlet for watching DVD's: Basically, I just want to record without tape ideally with an EPG function

    Any help / direction, would be most appreciated
     
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    I suspect you've already answered your own question - the only real option is a HDD-DVD recorder. I don't see any reference to an EPG on this one (but I could easily be mistaken). I do know the Pioneer 530 (similar money) has the GuidePlus epg which may be of use depending on how/where the epg is transmitted where you are.

    Of course, doing it this way, you do have the advantage of being able to save something you've recorded, permanently and portably to a DVD disc - on the odd occasion you want to.
     
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    The best analogue (IMHO) PVR available with UK EPG is a UK TiVo which you get from Ebay or tivoland.com.

    If you are patient you should be able to find one for much less than 480 Euro, even taking into account a lifetime subscription of 200 pounds.
    Alternatively you can subscribe for 10 pounds a month.
     
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    Or you could always buy a used, obsolete device from an auction site or from a dealer who specialises in refurbishing used obsolete devices.
     
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    Thanks :suicide:

     
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    Oops... you arent in the Uk!

    anyway if you do get a dish you can try out TiVo without hacks -there are a bunch of users in Spain, Germany and Italy.

    Australian, Dutch, Kiwi, Canadian and Singaporean TiVo users have hacks for the guide data and tuner controls.

    Alternatively, I think a HTPC is another option if you have a spare PC lying around. mythTV or Freevo should work, and you could always hack a TiVo to get your guide data and tuner control.

    Another (slighlty dubious from a legal point of view) method is to have a friend in the UK or USA with a fast broadband connection stream TV to you.
    You can use Slingbox and TiVo to do this.
     
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    It is strange that 'obsolete' devices like TiVo and old Ferrari Enzos still go for good money on Ebay. Both sell for more now than a few years before :)
     
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    OK, if I were to drop the diea of an EPG, would one of the UK model freeview PVR's (i.e. Humax) work with a non-Digital signal?
     
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    Freeview PVRs can only record Freeview digital sources.

    You need an analogue PVR like TiVo, or a standalone HDD or a DVD recorder.

    TiVo owners outside the UK have even soldered in a new analogue tuner, but I am guessing you are probably not prepared to go to that length.

    There's a bunch of Dutch TiVo users at www.nltivo.net (Dutch version of ozTiVo).

    Not sure if there are that many where you are.
     
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    Hi,

    I'm movin out to China with my job in a few months. Getting a Slingbox PAL version in the summer when it's released and hooking up a Daewoo 9520 160GB HD recorder to it. You then pick what you want to record off the EPG and fire it back your small footprint pc outputting to large LCD tv via the VGA port to you whenever. Goin the Freeview route as it's free and no $ky charges, just the cost of giving your Uk friend broadband.

    Hoping to get it all in and ready in August, go for the slinglink power ethernet adaptors as the wireles ones are prone to delay. Amazon in the US. The ethernet connection is specific and you need to buy what sling reommends to extend the adsl to the tv area.

    I have the sling links now, gettin sb and daewoo in july, have a look at the daewoo web site. I just hope it all works.. !!

    Think it will knock Sky for 6 when it takes off later this year and they will loose big time through their own fault.

    Hope it helps.
     
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    Liteon 5045 has an analogue tuner and would be around 280 euros.
     

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