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    • L.S.D.
    • By L.S.D. 7th Dec 05, 12:12 PM
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    L.S.D.
    Aldi - Technosonic PVR 99.99 - Freeview
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    • 7th Dec 05, 12:12 PM
    Aldi - Technosonic PVR 99.99 - Freeview 7th Dec 05 at 12:12 PM
    Aldi - Technosonic PVR 99.99 with Freeview

    2 Tuners
    80 gig hard drive
    record whilst watching another programme
    Watch a programme later whilst still recording (Time slip)
    Much much more.

    Thursday 15th December

    Official Insert:

    A PVR records programmes direct to its hard drive rather than onto external media. This one also has a Freeview box so you can get extra channels. Aldi's offer starts on Thursday 15 December. There's more info about this particular PVR on the Aldi website.
    Last edited by MSE Martin; 13-12-2005 at 4:07 PM.
    Nice to save.
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  • rowantoad
    So aprt from being more dearer is the Humax PVR9200T the best option, do the other two aldi/lidl one mcome close to the functions of the Humax
    by eilz
    The lidl box is really different piece of kit and difficult to compare to the aldi one.

    The lidl box will be more difficult to set up recordings on but you can use it with external sources like a freeview box, free to air satellite, ntl and sky etc. A built in DVD recorder lets you easily archive off your recordings.

    The aldi box has freeview only built into it (no use with external boxes). It will let you set recordings at the touch of a button while reading through the 7 day electronic programme listings. The aldi box will let you record 2 channels at once. (2 films on at same time over crimbo?) These 2 things - easy to program, 2 channel record are the most important things to me, it will completely change the way of watching tv.

    The Humax will let you record 2 channels at once while watching certain other third channels. If the 2 channels recording are on the same 'mux' all freeview channels are available. If the 2 channels recording are on different 'mux' all channels on those 2 mux will be available to watch, other mux channels will be greyed out. (it is not clear if aldi box lets you do this, i already have freeview box so would have used that anyway for the third channel i suppose)

    The Humax can get topup tv with a card and the cam to load it (about 45 for the cam/card and then 7.99 a month) If topup tv improves could be useful.

    Humax has USB so you can get your recordings off and put on DVD if you can be bothered. (not as easy as lidl box)

    Humax disk is twice as big.

    The aldi box is only 100. I've bought the humax now but I won't be cancelling it. Had I not ordered already would I be at aldi? probably. If the Aldi box is really good though, changes your habits, and you use it loads, maybe you'll wish you'd got the Humax.
    Last edited by rowantoad; 09-12-2005 at 1:03 PM. Reason: cos I wanted too ok, geez
    • nordberg
    • By nordberg 9th Dec 05, 12:52 PM
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    Anyone know if the Aldi PVR offers any kind of "Season Pass" where it will automatically record specified programmes a la Tivo or Sky Plus?
  • dc
    Anyone know if the Aldi PVR offers any kind of "Season Pass" where it will automatically record specified programmes a la Tivo or Sky Plus?
    by nordberg
    I doubt it at that price, this is a new and unknown box, most likely a re-badged one, as Freeview is UK specific, hence the stuttering progress in their development.
    My guess it will have similar EPG to the Fusion boxes, as EPGs cost the companies, but are free to you, unlike the Tivo and Sky EPGs which are subscription.

    The next steps will be to provde an inbuilt DVD recorder , but dont hold your breath as these were on the drawing board 2 years ago. This at this price will fit my needs, TuTV or not, that will only come into its own when analogue closes down, and then there will be "hundreds" of channels, my guess with subscriptions attatched
    ac's lovechild
    • Searcher2
    • By Searcher2 9th Dec 05, 1:27 PM
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    Searcher2
    The aldi box has freeview only built into it (no use with external boxes). It will let you set recordings at the touch of a button while reading through the 7 day electronic programme listings.
    by rowantoad
    I have been trying to follow this thread - is it definite that this machine has a 7 day EPG? This is probably my main 'wish' and would also like to automatically set it to start recording 5 minutes before and after a program time - though I very much doubt it has this feature or will be able to find out before it goes on sale.
  • rowantoad
    I have been trying to follow this thread - is it definite that this machine has a 7 day EPG? This is probably my main 'wish' and would also like to automatically set it to start recording 5 minutes before and after a program time - though I very much doubt it has this feature or will be able to find out before it goes on sale.
    by Searcher2
    As I understand it, it should use either the 7 day Freeview EPG or the 14 day 4TV EPG. The 4TV EPG is free for companies to use, i think. I don't know presumably the Freeview one is too. The 4TV one is broadcast at certain times of day and the some boxes pick this up and save it. The freeview one is sent out continuously? I don't know for sure but I assume it must use one of these 2 things. It says it has an epg on the advert.
  • sparkerzzzz
    Why won't this record off sky? Can't you record through one of the scart sockets?
    • thepearce
    • By thepearce 9th Dec 05, 5:14 PM
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    thepearce
    Why won't this record off sky? Can't you record through one of the scart sockets?
    by sparkerzzzz
    Think of it as recording the digital stream (via the aerial signal). It can DEcode the digital freeview signal but it cannot ENcode (ready to store) an input from a SCART lead etc.

    I have a Humax single tuner and it was one of the best purchases I ever made. I did try a DVD recorder and envisaged copying my VHSs over. in the end I decided the VHSs were not that important and as I have a DVD-RW on my PC....... all I really wanted to do was record TV. I can't archive stuff off..... but by the time I need to clear some space whatever it I want to keep is usually available on DVD.
  • Whirly
    I assume though that you could connect the PVR to a DVD Recorder (through the scart) and archive anything you want to keep that way. (play it on the PVR and record the signal to your DVD-recorder).

    That would also mean you could record (assuming an analogue DVD Recorder) any of the basic terrestrial channels on the DVD-Recorder and two freeview channels all at the same time.
    • rizla01
    • By rizla01 9th Dec 05, 5:56 PM
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    rizla01
    Christ!!!



    Why does it all have to be soooo complicated?

    I still have my old Sony 4x3 and matching VCR.

    Dont have/want/need - cant afford satellite!!

    Don't know if I can receive free digital. Would like a DVD recorder to replace VCR but think it best to go for a Hard Drive too and now all this?

    Tempted to just get one of each till I find out which one suits my needs best but then again perhaps I'll just wait untill good ol VCR packs up and decide then, though I'm dreading having to make the decision.
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  • gromituk
    You'll have to make the decision when analogue transmissions are switched off, sometime before 2013
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  • dc
    Christ!!!



    Why does it all have to be soooo complicated?

    I still have my old Sony 4x3 and matching VCR.

    Dont have/want/need - cant afford satellite!!

    Don't know if I can receive free digital. Would like a DVD recorder to replace VCR but think it best to go for a Hard Drive too and now all this?
    by rizla01
    Essex is fairly flat so unless you live on the other side of a hump, you should be able to get digital. You could ask neighbours if they have digital . Look at rooftop aerials on houses near to you , they will show you the direction where the transmitter is located. If the aerial elements are horizontal then the transmitter will be one of the main high power transmitters and apart from distance away you should be OK. If they are vertical then your local transmitter will be a small booster station and may not transmit Freeview.

    I would get the Aldi pvr and take it back if it doesnt fit your requirements, they have a a no quibble guarantee, afaik.
    Re dvd recorder, the cheapest way is to buy a PC one for around 30 and a TV card. If you get one that does RAM then you can timeslip too. Playback via a 20 dvd player.
    Fingers crossed for the Betamax
    ac's lovechild
  • cc1
    I assume though that you could connect the PVR to a DVD Recorder (through the scart) and archive anything you want to keep that way. (play it on the PVR and record the signal to your DVD-recorder).
    by Whirly

    this is what i would like to know before i buy.

    there will certain programes i will want to keep forever without cluttering up the hard drive.(i dont know how much room a 1hr programe would take up)

    does any1 with PVR use this method of archive
    • L.S.D.
    • By L.S.D. 9th Dec 05, 11:35 PM
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    does any1 with PVR use this method of archive

    Yes, I do. The copy looks as good as the original.
    Nice to save.
    • nads
    • By nads 10th Dec 05, 2:31 AM
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    Whats the etiequette for Lidl? From what I gather, I should run and grab?
  • jimjoeray
    This looks a great deal. I know it's been asked before but how many hours could be held on a 80GB PVR?
    • Searcher2
    • By Searcher2 10th Dec 05, 12:25 PM
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    Whats the etiequette for Lidl? From what I gather, I should run and grab?
    by nads
    If you run for the PVR at Lidl as soon as the doors open you will be dissappointed because it's on sale at Aldi. I've queued before for a pressure washer and it was quite civilised (at Aldi).
    • nads
    • By nads 10th Dec 05, 12:34 PM
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    nads
    If you run for the PVR at Lidl as soon as the doors open you will be dissappointed because it's on sale at Aldi. I've queued before for a pressure washer and it was quite civilised (at Aldi).
    by Searcher2
    I am actually after the lidl one
    • L.S.D.
    • By L.S.D. 10th Dec 05, 12:58 PM
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    L.S.D.
    This looks a great deal. I know it's been asked before but how many hours could be held on a 80GB PVR?
    by jimjoeray
    I have the Digifusion 80 gig & it will record around 48 hours in Broadcast quality. I use mine a lot & the most I've had on the hard drive is about Threequarter full after a holiday.
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    • Searcher2
    • By Searcher2 10th Dec 05, 1:27 PM
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    I am actually after the lidl one
    by nads
    Maybe better to ask in the Lidl thread

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=121414

    no experience of Lidl but I expect the customers are similar to Aldi ones!
  • gromituk
    Customers behave like this everywhere if there are such great bargains to be had.
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