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Old 09-05-2013, 12:05
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I've been toying with ditching Sky and investing in a Freeview recorder. Past experience tels me that DVD recorders don't last very long but can anyone recommend a decent Freeview HD recorder? Price isn't a problem but I'd like twin tuners and USB playback (.avi, .mkv, etc.) if possible. PURE mahcines have impressive specs but are they reliable?
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:08
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Look at the Humax HDR FOX T2.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:45
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Looks impressive. Oddly enough it was the first one that caught my eye when I was browsing earlier today. Ta.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:55
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You can do a whole lot worse than the Fox-T2, but not many beat it. If you have the ability to hook it up to your broadband router then it will do some internet streaming (though the TV Portal as Humax calls it is a bit "work in progress" it seems at the minute) and also streaming from any network storage device you may have.

I have my Fox-T2 hooked up to my router and it sees and plays media files I've got on my NAS drive. Might be an alternative to using USB drives?
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Old 09-05-2013, 13:47
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Another vote for Humax HDR FOX T2. I ditched sky some years ago and have used Humax PVRs since. Never looked back. Better than Sky+. There is also a thriving community and they have produced software hacks to make the machine even more usable.


Oh and you won't miss any of the Sky channels once you are weaned off them......
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Old 09-05-2013, 14:03
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Panasonic 720 works for me.........

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-DM.../dp/B0086WVPWG
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Old 10-05-2013, 19:18
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Humax T2 arrives on Monday!
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Old 10-05-2013, 20:26
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Humax T2 arrives on Monday!
Nice......I don't know how much you like to dabble, but, you may find the following interesting.....Hummy custom firmware.
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Old 10-05-2013, 20:43
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I like a faff as much as anybody but I'm too scared of messing things up. Thanks anyway.
At the risk of sounding ignorant: what's the difference between HD and HDR as it relates to recorders?
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Old 10-05-2013, 21:00
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They do a receiver only (HD) and the recorder (HDR).
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Old 10-05-2013, 21:20
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I've been toying with ditching Sky and investing in a Freeview recorder. Past experience tels me that DVD recorders don't last very long but can anyone recommend a decent Freeview HD recorder? Price isn't a problem but I'd like twin tuners and USB playback (.avi, .mkv, etc.) if possible. PURE mahcines have impressive specs but are they reliable?
All of my Panasonic DVD/HDD Freeview recorders are still recording to DVD fine about 7 years after I got them.
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Old 10-05-2013, 22:13
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They do a receiver only (HD) and the recorder (HDR).
Think you mean DID a receiver only. They look like they've dropped the HD Fox T2 from the current line up.

http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/products/
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Old 10-05-2013, 22:34
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Think you mean DID a receiver only. They look like they've dropped the HD Fox T2 from the current line up.

http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/products/
Yes, true, they have stopped production of the HD but you can still buy it from some outlets (while stocks last)....
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Old 10-05-2013, 23:24
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They do a receiver only (HD) and the recorder (HDR).
Obvious really, once it's pointed out.
Never occurred to me that anyone would buy a receiver that didn't record. Clearly, I've had Sky+ so long I've become institutionalised.
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Old 10-05-2013, 23:28
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All of my Panasonic DVD/HDD Freeview recorders are still recording to DVD fine about 7 years after I got them.
I've had several DVD recorders and none of them lasted more than a couple of years. Hope springs eternal.
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Old 10-05-2013, 23:57
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OP what made you decided on going for a Freeview recorder rather than a Freesat recorder?
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:35
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Obvious really, once it's pointed out.
Never occurred to me that anyone would buy a receiver that didn't record.
Your local residential home will have plenty of people who have a set top box and analogue tuner only Telly or an idTV but no recorder in their room.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:02
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OP what made you decided on going for a Freeview recorder rather than a Freesat recorder?
TBH I never thought of Freesat.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:02
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Your local residential home will have plenty of people who have a set top box and analogue tuner only Telly or an idTV but no recorder in their room.
I should book a place now.
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Old 13-05-2013, 18:17
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Humax now up and running. Love it.
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Old 13-05-2013, 19:01
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Humax now up and running. Love it.
Nice to see a positive outcome....Enjoy..
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Old 13-05-2013, 20:18
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We should have a poll - Panasonic vs Humax! I am very happy with the former but buying a Humax is somethingI know I am going to do!
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Old 13-05-2013, 20:27
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We should have a poll - Panasonic vs Humax! I am very happy with the former but buying a Humax is somethingI know I am going to do!
IIRC, Humax haven't made a DVD recorder, so Panasonic have an advantage over Humax
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Old 13-05-2013, 20:36
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There goes the poll...........!
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Old 13-05-2013, 20:37
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One thing that puzzles me with the Panasonics is the inability to record straight to disc rather than to disc via the hard drive. An oddity.
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