Recommendations for PVR for Freeview & Freesat

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  1. Jim Di Griz

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    Im looking in to getting a PVR for freeview and freesat purposes soon...any recommendations?

    Im not bothered about actually recording onto discs, HDD is fine. I take it that watching say freeview and recording freesat wont be a problem?

    Any help much appreciated!
     
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    The freesat one's very easy as there is not much choice

    Currently available

    Humax Foxsat HDR (from about £250.00)

    Coming Soon

    Range from Panasonic, cheapest with dvd recorder, 2 more expensive with blu-ray recorders (from about £600.00 OUCH)

    If you are not bothered about a true freesat box you can get combo free to air stb's with one HD sat tuner and one Freeview tuner - Example Technomate TM-6900 HD Combo Super (this connects to your own external hard drive)

    If you want a twin tuner Freeview stb, look at the Topfield 5800 and the Humax range 9150,9200,9300. I left out the Topfield 5810 as it's very expensive and all you get is a largely useless hdmi output.
     
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    Hi

    My own personal recommendations are

    Freesat

    Foxsat for freesat

    PVR

    I Have both the alba DTR 160 and the sagem 160 both from argos both have series link , alba is quieter and the sagem is quiet once its spun up after 10 minutes and has eco low power mode

    regards
     
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    You won't get a PVR that does both. You can get Freeview PVRs, and you can buy a Freesat PVR. But you will have to buy one of each.
     
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    You can however get a generic free to air stb that will record all the channels on the freesat epg (and more) and also has a freeview tuner built in.
     
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    Hi

    Hope you don't mind me butting in, but which machine would that be?
     
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    as stated in post 2 above :)
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    But that costs the same as the Humax Freesat HD recorder which includes a HDD...

    What are the pros?
     
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    You can record from both Sat & FV

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    Mmm - Could I record FreeSat via Sky and freeview channels from Spain? (I'm living in Spain at the mo)
     
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    I never said it was good value :D, just nearly fitted the OP's request. It's not the only one incidentally Eurovox 8000 HD+ circa £250.00, Lyngbox LB-STUK circa £499.00, Mvision HD 200 combo circa £200.00 and the new NEXT YE2000 Super HDTV HD PVR price not yet known. Why people say the foxsat-hdr is expensive at around £250.00 amazes me.
     
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    When I first started looking I expected a freesat PVR to be a little more expensive than a freeview PVR, but they're MUCH more expensive. I realise a freeview box is more expensive than a freesat receiver, but not THAT much...???

    E.g. I see the Topfield 9200 go for around £70 second hand. Is it because the freesat PVR's are far rarer?
     
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    I would say it is down to two things really:

    1. there is only the one Freesat PVR at the moment and even that has only been around for a few months.
    2. The Freesat PVR is a HD receiver/recorder where as all Freeview PVR's are only SD.

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