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EchoStar HDS-600RS SlingLoaded HD Digital Video Recorder for European Satellite Operators (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Freesat+ HD digital television recorder with Fully-integrated Slingbox® functionality
  • 500GB hard disk drive
  • Twin DVB-S2 Tuners
  • Easy install with set-up wizard
  • Access Connected TV apps,

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.6 Kg
  • Item model number: HDS-600RS
  • ASIN: B004S9OT92
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,109 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The HDS-600RS is a twin Freesat+ tuner PVR which lets you record one channel whilst watching another, pause and rewind TV and watch live or recorded programmes on your computer or mobile device. Using the easy to use EPG, you can record up to 300 hours on the built in 500GB hard disc.

Box Contains

  • EchoStar HDS-600RS SlingLoaded TV Anywhere Freesat+ HD digital TV recorder
  • User Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Booklet
  • Universal Learning remote control & 2xAAA batteries
  • Ethernet cable
  • Mains power cable
  • HDMI cable

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.9 out of 5 stars

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    353 of 356 people found the following review helpful By The Fat Monk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2011
    [UPDATE November 2013: Be aware... This box is no longer supported and there is no compatible 'SlingPlayer for Tablet' app that supports this box - however SlingPlayer for Android phones does, though it's not officially supported. I have just lost £9.99 buying the app from Google Play. I only discovered that this box is not supported by the app outside of Google's 15 minute refund window and Sling are claiming that they are unable to refund the purchase (as per Google Play's terms outside of the window you are to contact the App developer for refunds). I have included a transcript of the very frustrating conversation with Sling's USA support in the comments to this review]

    [UPDATE August 2013: For about the last six months or so I've been having an issue whereby I lose the BBC HD channels. All other HD channels are fine, as are the other BBC channels and a system reset of the box brings them back for a couple of days. Then a couple of days later they report no signal again. Signal level and quality is good and the reset fixes things so it doesn't seem like a dish alignment issue. Very odd.]

    [UPDATE June 2012: The box is still going strong with no reliability problems - that's 12 months of solid use with no major problems.]

    [IMPORTANT UPDATE (Feb 2012): As of firmware version 121R this device now supports DiSEqC - see below]

    First of all, this is a great piece of kit. Feature-wise it is absolutely superb, I've yet to find it lacking in any feature I would want - and that's after about a month of using it.

    It's not without it's faults, though - hence the four stars. I'll get to the faults later as there are many positives to mention first.

    THE BASICS

    This is a FreeSat HD receiver and PVR.
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    53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Choose the Red Pill on 27 Jan 2012
    Just a quick update for anyone considering buying one now. I would ignore early reviews as software updates have made them redundant. The latest software is v121R (only available via internet at time of writing as its new).
    Important stuff.
    1. It has never missed a recording.
    2. No harder to use than when you first got your Sky+ (remember?)
    3. The remote is fine (although I use "Logitech Harmony 600" for controlling everything).
    4. Sling works very well.
    5. It will only get better as Echostar release future updates.
    6. Unusual design, but looks fine under my TV. (lights can now be dimmed and it can be made silent in standby)
    7. Read the manual as most of the things people have issues with can be changed in the settings!
    8. Would I buy it all over again, Yes. At £179.99 there is just nothing to compete. Humax old/outdated/more expensive. Samsung more expensive/not as good.
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Philip Pullen on 8 May 2012
    Verified Purchase
    Finding it hard to persuade my wife to get an HD Television, I decided to add to our existing Talk Talk IPTV/Freeview PVR with an HD capable model and hopefully convince her later to add an HD TV to watch the HD channels that Freesat provides. Consequently, this review will cover how well the HDS-600RS works with an SD TV. I will add to this review as and when my wife is persuaded to go HD!

    The unit arrived well-packaged from Amazon with all the leads required for HD, as was to be expected, but no SCART lead for SD connection. Having leads of all types in a box under the bed this was no problem, but bear this in mind if you are buying to connect to an SD TV.

    Once all the leads were connected I plugged the unit in and it ran through the connection wizard. Including a satellite download of the latest firmware (121R), this took about 15 minutes. All channels having been found, the picture proved to be excellent, as I was getting a good signal from the satellite feeds. On screen text in the programme guide and the information bar can be difficult to read as it is designed for HD, but there is some adjustment that can be made to text size if required.

    Recordings are indistinguishable from the broadcast pictures and you can still watch and record HD channels with an SD television. Presumably, there is some sort of downscaling going on, as the picture is not cropped in any way. Nothing is mentioned in the manual regarding this. I am going to record films in HD so they can be viewed in their full HD glory at a later date.

    The auto recording setting seemed to work quite well in my test recordings, with only a late-night programme having the beginning missed.
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David Robinson on 8 Sep 2011
    I own a Humax Freesat box myself, but recommended the Echostar to a technophobic relative so that I could log in using Sling to help them use the box.

    They haven't needed any help at all!!! It is far far easier to use than our Humax. Here's what I've spotted so far:

    1) The menus look nice, and seem really well designed.
    2) When the box is asking you something (e.g. "would you like to record this in HD?" or "the programme you are trying to record clashes with one you have already set, would you like to record it on ITV+1 instead?" etc) it asks in plain simple English which anyone can understand.
    3) The remote control is programmable (i.e. it's a learning remote), _and_ comes pre-programmed with codes for 10000s of TVs. A bit like Sky's remote (and unlike Humax's) it has _dedicated_ buttons for the TV's power button, volume buttons, mute button and AV select buttons. This means you don't have to worry about selecting the right function or mode to get the TV volume to work.
    4) It's faster to use than the Humax. Especially the guide (EPG) and the library (list of recordings) are much faster to appear.

    Main criticisms are the size of the writing on the remote control (the buttons themselves are small too, but because the space between them is good, this doesn't seem to matter, even with large fingers!), and the fact there's no RF modulator output for feeding really old TVs. It's clearly not meant for people with really old TVs (the menus look great on an HDTV!), but I bought an RF modulator separately and plugged it into one of the SCART sockets so my relative could watch the STB in the kitchen too.

    I'll have to wait and see if my relative finds it 100% reliable before I can say I'd like one myself.
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