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    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 7th Aug 07, 6:32 PM
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    Recordable freeview boxes...
    • #1
    • 7th Aug 07, 6:32 PM
    Recordable freeview boxes... 7th Aug 07 at 6:32 PM
    Which is the best to get? we just want one box as currently we have sky, dvd, video etc and it's always playing up!!
    We need one with freeview integrated obviously so we don't have to have one of those and a dvd recorder. Thanks.
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  • Nobleck
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    • 7th Aug 07, 7:38 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 7:38 PM
    Most people would probably advise a Topfield Pvr (i can't be more specific), i myself have a Sagem which is ok, apparently Humax PVR'S ARE GOOD
  • Nobleck
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    • 7th Aug 07, 7:40 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 7:40 PM
    I think most people would probably recommend a TopField PVR (i'm sorry i can't be more specific), i myself have a Sagem which works fine, Humax are also apparently a reliable box. Try doing a Google review of PVR's .
    • ka7e
    • By ka7e 7th Aug 07, 8:32 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 8:32 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 8:32 PM
    Argos have the Thomson Top Up TV box for £99. If you delete the TUTV element it functions as a Freeview HD recorder. 14 day EPG, at least 70hrs recording space and it allows you to record 2 programmes at the same time (you can even watch a previously recorded item whilst recording 2 others!)
    "Cheap", "Fast", "Right" -- pick two.
    • Canucklehead
    • By Canucklehead 7th Aug 07, 8:48 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 8:48 PM
    Humax 9200T
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    • 7th Aug 07, 8:48 PM
    Good evening: We have had a Humax 9200T since last October (my birthday present!)..an excellent product...easy to set up, good onscreen progam guide. I did a fair bit of research before we took the plunge.

    HTH

    Canucklehead
    Ask to see CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering)
    • Fritha
    • By Fritha 7th Aug 07, 8:49 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 8:49 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 8:49 PM
    We have a Humax 9200T and I absolutely love it! It's not cheap but absolutely worth spending a bit more on.

    It's a proper twin tuner one which means you can record two channels at once which is much more useful than you'd think!

    Humax update their software every so often but it can be a bit of a faff to update (sometimes they broadcast over the air but we've found we get it quicker off the internet as it can take a while before it gets to OTA and I wanted the update!). The last update was fanstastic though, I don't know of another company that does that so it's a big plus from me.

    Also Humax have a forum where basically all the technical question are answered which is also a big help :-)

    Hmmm, I need to start asking Humax for commission ;-)
    Last edited by Fritha; 07-08-2007 at 8:51 PM. Reason: I'm cleverer than I thought!
    Comping, freebieing and trying to pay the mortgage off early!
    • GoofyGAT
    • By GoofyGAT 7th Aug 07, 10:15 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 10:15 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 10:15 PM
    Argos have the Thomson Top Up TV box for £99.
    Originally posted by ka7e
    If they reduce it to £50, I shall not be able to resist , G
    • Poppycat
    • By Poppycat 7th Aug 07, 11:31 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 11:31 PM
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    • 7th Aug 07, 11:31 PM
    I have two Humax pvr's and they are brilliant, I love them so much and kids find them so useful that I may get another one and kids find it invaluable recording stuff to watch later, and skip all the rubbish and adverts on tv.

  • mixu
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    • 8th Aug 07, 1:56 PM
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    • 8th Aug 07, 1:56 PM
    Humax every time, one of the best things I ever bought...
    • ka7e
    • By ka7e 8th Aug 07, 2:02 PM
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    If they reduce it to £50, I shall not be able to resist , G
    Originally posted by GoofyGAT
    I'd have one in every room!
    But they have only just been reduced from £149, so not really likely....
    "Cheap", "Fast", "Right" -- pick two.
    • love lifer
    • By love lifer 8th Aug 07, 2:43 PM
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    my topfield is the business all round. very easy, very impressive
    • Idiophreak
    • By Idiophreak 8th Aug 07, 2:48 PM
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    Just another vote here for the Humax - It really is the best bit of kit I've bought in years (probably my life).
  • rockjim69
    I realise that lots of people have said what Im about to say already, but this is the 1st time Ive ever had wisdom to impart so Im going to post anyway! Ive also got a Humax and it gets 2 big thumbs up from me. I took advice from a techie mate who said that basically Topfield and Humax were the top dogs in the PVR world but Humax were slightly cheaper so went for that. As others have said, it really is an amazing piece of electronic wizardry. One other thing to add - from speaking to mates who have bought cheaper makes (such as digifusion) it seems you do get extra features with the humax such as being able to search the TV guide by genre (incredibly handy for discovering those great movies tucked away in the wee hours of the morning that you would never have found otherwise).

    I hate to agree with a cheesy tag line, but it really will change the way you watch TV
    • jimbo_the_jetset
    • By jimbo_the_jetset 8th Aug 07, 4:17 PM
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    http://www.pvruk.co.uk/

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=&f=171

    I have a Digihome 160gig PVR which are produced by Vestel. You can get these fairly cheap these days and to be honest, so far it's been fine. Does what it says it does. Mine is actually the old model T810, there is a new model out T816. Although mine is a Digihome brand, the same inside bits are found on those sold in Tesco (Tecknika), Asda (Dual), Wharfdale and a fair few more. I think the ones in Argos and Asda and even Tesco are now ~£99 for the 160gig model.
    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 8th Aug 07, 6:27 PM
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    Hi thanks for all the replies, very helpful!
    But i'm very new to all this stuff as we got the sky installed and have had it for ages, even though we have had a freeview box in a different house it was all very basic then!! So we have a sky box, dish etc BUT we got it turned off like another poster said so we still recive the free channels at the mo, we don't want sky where we are going.
    Basically in a nutshell:
    We want to be able to record tv downstairs
    Want to watch it upstairs aswell, does this need another box or an eye thing like we have for the sky? will the current one work? not worried about recording as we can use a dvd player upstairs..yeah?!
    Daughter has her own ready to plug in for occasional tv so won't worry about her!! and we have playstaion 2 that we currently use for dvd player..really we want the least boxes wires etc as poss...
    Thanks and hope that's not too confusing!
    • gregg1
    • By gregg1 8th Aug 07, 9:32 PM
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    Just another vote here for the Humax - It really is the best bit of kit I've bought in years (probably my life).
    Originally posted by Idiophreak

    same here. We made the mistake of buying a Sony first as we have always bought Sony in the past thinking it is a good make. However, when we got the Sony home we found it did not actualy do what was listed on the box and was basically a bit of a let down. We changed it for a Humax (apparently Which magazine gave it top marks) and it is absolutely excellent. First class piece of equipment and easy to use.
    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 9th Aug 07, 1:06 PM
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    Ok thanks, where do you get a humax from? never heard of them! also the top up tv box from argos is that better than the Hitatch one which is £99 aswell, is it just the top up that's extra on the other? I willl put links to both, thankyou...
    Also with the Humax one can i link to a tv upstairs or do i need another box? thankyou.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5321117/Trail/C%24cip%3D1500006565.Sound%2Band%2Bvision%3EC%24ci p%3D1500006656.Digital%2BTV%2Band%2Bfreeview%3EC%2 4Brand%3DHitachi.Hitachi.htm

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5321227/Trail/C%24cip%3D1500006565.Sound%2Band%2Bvision%3EC%24ci p%3D1500006656.Digital%2BTV%2Band%2Bfreeview%3EC%2 4Brand%3DThomson.Thomson.htm
    • Poppycat
    • By Poppycat 9th Aug 07, 1:30 PM
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    With the Humax you can export the recording to a pc and then dvd with some software. You can also record to channels and possibly watch a 3rd channel or playback a recording and record two depending on what channels are being recorded.

    The EPG is brilliant you can sort by genre or program which I find very useful and also skip adverts by clicking a button which skips by default 30 secs

    • Canucklehead
    • By Canucklehead 10th Aug 07, 9:19 AM
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    Good morning: I can answer one of your questions...you can buy Humax online from John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com/Search/Search.aspx?SearchTerm=humax&Offset=1&refined=0 ( free 2 year warranty)..go through Quidco to save more ££. They also sell them at Comet http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/search.do?n=0&searchTerm=humax

    HTH

    Canucklehead
    Ask to see CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering)
  • cargo
    Is there a machine that does freeview records to hard drive & dvd discs.
    Which also plays most fromats eg.dvd + - ram divx avi jpeg mp3?

    If so that would be worth having.
    Under my tv looks like a Comet store and only me knows how to use most of it.

    Is there a solution to this?
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