PVRs archive

  • Humax HDR-1000S freesat with freetime review
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    Humax HDR-1000S freesat with freetime review

    By 6 March 2013

    Since freesat launched, it's been assaulting our eyes with its capital letter - or lack thereof - lunacy. Now, with freetime, or, as the firm calls it we've got some angled brackets thrown in for good measure. What is this, algebra? But horrors of English...

  • Humax DTR-T1000 YouView PVR review
    Home Cinema 2.5 out of 5

    Humax DTR-T1000 YouView PVR review

    By 31 July 2012

    YouView is one of the most complicated products ever to launch. It's not so much technically difficult to do what has been done here, but it involves a lot of what, in management terms, are known as "stakeholders". Namely, the people who have a vested...

  • Simple.TV pictures and hands-on
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    Simple.TV pictures and hands-on

    By 18 January 2012

    It's amazing what you can find if you spread your wings from the main halls at CES in Las Vegas. Indeed, a visit to Caesar's Palace and the Rovi developers' forum was a fine place to see upcoming and existing technologies that may otherwise have been...

  • Freeview HD Smart-ens up with the Samsung BD-DT7800 PVR
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    Freeview HD Smart-ens up with the Samsung BD-DT7800 PVR

    By 9 August 2011

    If you kick yourself every-time you read about a new funky app for the Samsung Smart Hub because you've already splashed the cash on your TV and Blu-ray setup, then the Samsung BD-DT7800 may offer you a way in - as it's a Freeview HD recorder with the...

  • Samsung offers cash back on Blu-ray players and PVRs
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    Samsung offers cash back on Blu-ray players and PVRs

    By 8 August 2011

    Fans of hi-def imaging may be interested to hear that Samsung is to deliver cashback for any would-be customers purchasing new Samsung Blu-ray players and personal video recorders. The deal, which runs until the end of October 2011, includes the Samsung...

  • Real Digital: The new alternative to Freesat
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    Real Digital: The new alternative to Freesat

    By 16 June 2011

    The UK's Freesat is about to get direct competition later this year with the launch of new free satellite service Real Digital. Those wanting the channel choice without paying for Sky's or Virgin Media’s subscription packs could find themselves looking...

  • BBC testing Group Record - Series Link on steroids
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    BBC testing Group Record - Series Link on steroids

    By 16 June 2011

    The BBC has teased us with a new feature that its aiming to launch in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Called Group Record, the new feature will allow users to record a group of programmes in a similar way to how Series Link works. However, rather...

  • Virgin Media TiVo BBC iPlayer app hands-on
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    Virgin Media TiVo BBC iPlayer app hands-on

    By 31 March 2011

    One of the many exciting features about the Virgin Media TiVo box (or Virgin Media TV powered by TiVo box, to give it it's full name) is its ability to run Flash based applications, housed in their own section on the menu system. And those who have had...

  • YouView reveals its tech and content partners
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    YouView reveals its tech and content partners

    By 24 March 2011

    YouView has not been without its problems of late, with massive delays (as exclusively revealed on Pocket-lint), a change in its management team in the form of Sir Alan Sugar replacing Kip Meek as non-executive chairman, and constant scrutinisation by...

  • EchoStar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS hands-on
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    EchoStar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS hands-on

    By 22 March 2011

    EchoStar, the company that owns Sling Media is launching a Freesat powered PVR in the UK to take on the likes of Humax, Sony, and Samsung. The new box, called the EchoStar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS will come with a 500GB hard drive letting you record around...

  • FetchTV - new HD UI hands-on
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    FetchTV - new HD UI hands-on

    By 22 March 2011

    When Pocket-lint reviewed the Technika SmartBox 8320HD - the set-top-box laden with IP Vision's FetchTV service - last October, our biggest quibble was that "it won’t win any prizes for design and the user interface isn’t the best around". But fair...

  • TVonics unleashes the DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder
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    TVonics unleashes the DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder

    By 11 March 2011

    TVonics has unveiled its latest PVR - the Freeview HD packing DTR-Z500HD. The durable, rugged set top box has the same features that you'll find packed in the DTR-HD500 though in a newly designed aluminium casing that its makers state "is perfect for...

  • Virgin Media TiVo review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Virgin Media TiVo review

    By 3 March 2011

    It’s been a long time coming, but Virgin Media’s TiVo project has finally been realised. And, if you think that plain old catch up TV and video-on-demand services are good, wait ‘til you get a load of this. Virgin Media has always been at the forefront...

  • Sony introduces Freeview HD PVR duo
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    Sony introduces Freeview HD PVR duo

    By 11 February 2011

    Sony has announced the arrival of two new Freeview HD capable PVRs - the SVR-HDT1000 and SVR-HDT500, which as you could probably decipher from the name are 1TB and 500GB versions. Like all good PVRs, you'll be able to record one channel and watch another...

  • Humax HD-FOX T2 set top box update brings plenty of new treats
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    Humax HD-FOX T2 set top box update brings plenty of new treats

    By 3 November 2010

    Humax has confirmed that it is releasing a new Over The Air (OTA) update for its Humax HDR-Fox T2 set top box bringing with it a stack of new features and capabilities. New features include: - Record a programme while watching another if they are broadcast...

  • TVonics DTR-HD500   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    TVonics DTR-HD500 review

    By 14 October 2010

    Freeview HD is perfect for those who want high-def and can’t stomach paying subscriptions, but we’d all rather a Sky+ experience, wouldn’t we? In the rush to bring out Freeview HD recorders, summer 2010 saw some less-than-brilliant efforts, most...

  • Humax HD-Fox T2 update allows two show recording - if you're in the know
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    Humax HD-Fox T2 update allows two show recording - if you're in the know

    By 10 September 2010

    It was a feature much discussed on the launch of the Humax HD-Fox T2 - then, the first Freeview HD set-top-box onto the market - but it's taken a good five months to come to fruition: the company is finally ready to add recording functionality, as revealed...

  • Google pay-per-view service in works
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    Google pay-per-view service in works

    By 30 August 2010

    Google could be about to enter the pay-per-view market via YouTube according to reports in the FT. The newspaper says Google, who could go live with the service as early as before the end of the year, is already in negotiations with Hollywood’s leading...

  • Multi-stream, multi-room wireless HDTV system becomes reality
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    Multi-stream, multi-room wireless HDTV system becomes reality

    By 9 August 2010

    ProVision, the company that's already cracked how to wirelessly stream a HDMI signal around your house has, the company confirmed to Pocket-lint, managed to expand the system to stream four signals via a single box. Although the system is not yet commercially...

  • VIDEO: Humax HDR-FOX T2 Freeview+HD PVR hands-on
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    VIDEO: Humax HDR-FOX T2 Freeview+HD PVR hands-on

    By 7 July 2010

    The World Cup 2010 may be on the cusp of completion, but try as it might, Humax was always going to struggle to get the HDR-FOX T2 Freeview+HD PVR on shelves before the final. It was too ambitious a project to rush release, and from a jolly good fiddle...

  • Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview HD recorder   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview HD recorder review

    By 9 June 2010

    Freeview HD has hit the headlines, but as for "World Cup recorders" there's scant few available on the new platform, making Digital Stream's debut DHR8203U something quite special - and not only because of its uniqueness. In fact Digital Stream's only...

  • Panasonic DMR-BW780 Freeview HD Blu-ray recorder   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-BW780 Freeview HD Blu-ray recorder review

    By 26 May 2010

    Last year Panasonic brought the first Blu-ray recorders with built-in Freesat HD tuners to the UK market, and it’s beaten everyone to the punch again in 2010 with the equivalent Freeview HD models. The DMR-BW780 allows you to pick up razor-sharp HD...

  • Philips HDT8520 - the first UK Freeview HD recorder
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    Philips HDT8520 - the first UK Freeview HD recorder

    By 20 May 2010

    We've covered this Freeview recorder a fair bit over the last few weeks, so we won't keep you for too long. We just wanted to let you know that it's available now, thus becoming the UK's first ever Freeview HD recorder. It just beat the Humax HDR-FOX...

  • The Top 5 PVRs in time for the World Cup
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    The Top 5 PVRs in time for the World Cup

    By 19 May 2010

    The sad truth of World Cup football is that it only comes around every four years and yet it's just all too easy to miss. However, if you intended on capturing every second of the show piece event in South Africa, then you might want to consider picking...

  • Grundig and Goodmans enter Freeview HD market
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    Grundig and Goodmans enter Freeview HD market

    By 29 March 2010

    Grundig and Goodmans have announced they are launching Freeview HD Digital set top boxes in time for the World Cup. With nearly 50% of UK homes able to receive Freeview HD by the time the 2010 World Cup kicks off, consumers looking to actually finally...