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Sony SVRHDT500B Freeview HD Personal Video Recorder with Twin Tuner (Old model)

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  • Watch subscription free, High Definition TV with Freeview HD built in
  • Record one channel while watching another thanks to twin Freeview HD Tuner
  • Integrated 500GB Hard Drive for up to 300 hours recording
  • Enables you to back up recorded programmes to an external storage hard drive
  • Enjoy BBC iPlayer catch-up TV
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This product is not suitable for Freesat
This product is suitable for receiving Freeview channels via a terrestrial aerial. This product is not suitable for using with satellite dishes. If you are looking for a receiver to use with your satellite dish please choose a Freesat product. Click here for more details.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Item model number: SVRHDT500B.CEK
  • ASIN: B004MPR0V6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Mar. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,236 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The Sony SVR-HDT500 is a Freeview+ PVR with twin tuners, enabling you to record one channel whilst watching another. You can also pause live TV or record two different channels simultaneously. The 500GB hard drive means you can record up to 300 hours of standard definition TV (or 125 hours of HD content).

Manufacturer's Description

Freeview HD Personal Video Recorder

Watch all your favourite Freeview HD programmes and record up to 300 hours of video on the elegant SVR-HDT500. This high definition personal video recorder gives you total freedom to watch what you want, when you want. On board is a twin Freeview HD tuner that provides the best possible digital HD terrestrial broadcast reception and allows you to record one channel while watching another. You can record two channels simultaneously while enjoying a previous recording or even pause and rewind live TV, so you never need to miss your favourite TV moments again. With a hefty 500MB hard drive, there’s enough space to store all your favourite shows and it’s easy to back them up to an external storage drive too.

Bursting with essential features.
Bursting with essential features.
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Be entertained in high definition

Enjoy crystal clear pictures, brilliant colours and sharp contrast with five times the detail of a normal standard definition broadcast. With an ever increasing number of channels now available in HD, there’s never been a better time to welcome high definition into your living room. The SVR-HDT500 features a high sensitivity twin Freeview HD tuner that can receive all high definition channels as well as up to 50 free SD channels*. Simply plug in, connect to an HDTV and watch spectacular HD programming from BBC HD, ITV1HD and C4HD through your existing TV aerial. Best of all, it’s subscription free so you never need worry about monthly bills or contracts.

Easy Recording

The twin Freeview +HD tuner lets you easily record one channel whilst watching another or record two channels while playing back a previous recording. With Picture-in-Picture, you also have the ability to split the screen and watch two programmes at the same time. Recording options are very straightforward and easy to use. You can choose to record the programme you want or simply select ‘series record’ and you will not miss a single episode of your favourite TV series. Programmes will either record in SD, if you’re watching a standard definition broadcast or in HD if the programme is on a high definition channel. You can even pause and rewind live TV. There really is no reason to miss your favourite TV moments again.

Enjoy built-in Freeview HD TV.
Enjoy built-in Freeview HD TV.
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Watch when you choose

Record up to 300 hours of standard definition video or up to 125 hours of high definition video on the built-in 500GB hard disc drive. That’s more than enough to keep you and the whole family happy for months.

Expand the capacity or back-up your favourite TV moments for a lifetime

If you do ever run out of space, you can back up your recordings to an external hard drive, then free up the space on your SVR-HDT500. You can watch your backed up programmes whenever you choose; simply connect your external hard drive via the USB connection and have full access to your saved programmes. The external hard drive you use must be over 250gb capacity and be dedicated for use with the recorder.

All your photos and films on a big screen

With two USB 2.0 ports, it’s easy to view your digital photos and videos on your large screen TV or listen to music files. Just plug in a USB stick or external hard drive and access JPEG images, MPEG movies or MP3 music – a really convenient way to share entertainment with friends and family.

Elegant design

The SVR-HDT500 is styled for contemporary interiors with a smart black fascia and a minimalist look to match latest TVs and other home entertainment products from Sony.

*Subtitle and audio description can also be used, so you never miss a word of your favourite show.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

397 of 406 people found the following review helpful By RayG VINE VOICE on 5 April 2011
This is Sony's first high definition Freeview hard disk recorder, making Sony among the first major electronics brands to launch a Freeview+ HD player in the UK. Freeview HD (high definition) is gradually being rolled out across the UK and new players are being launched as the market grows. Standard definition (SD) Freeview uses the DVB-T standard, whereas Freeview HD uses DVB-T2, meaning that in order to get Freeview in high definition, you'll need to buy a new box with a DVB-T2 tuner inside.

Sony's SVR HDT-500 Freeview+ HD box contains the necessary DVB-T2 tuner for receiving Freeview in high definition, and also contains a 500GB hard disk drive for recording TV programmes. In fact, the SVR HDT-500 contains two DVB-T2 tuners, meaning you're able to record two programmes simultaneously. If you've ever used a Sky+ HD box, this works along the same principle. You can pause live TV, rewind, skip forward (though no further than the point at which the live broadcast has got to) and record up to 300 hours of SD programmes and 125 hours of HD programmes, which should be enough for most people - if you plan on recording more than this you can always opt for the 1TB version, which has twice the capacity of this one.

The box itself is very sleek and fits in with the recent Sony product branding, with a glossy face and matted top and sides, and a minimalist approach to buttons. It's relatively light, but heavier than a normal Freeview box due to the presence of the hard disk drive inside. The power supply is actually an external unit, so you have a little black box (just a bit bigger than a deck of cards) that plugs in between your wall socket and the player itself.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AlanJohnPhoto on 18 Sept. 2011
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I have had several PVRs previously but decided to get an HD PVR. Firstly my compliments to Amazon for truly amazing service, ordered 11:30 Sunday received 11:00 Monday. I unpacked the unit connected it up and everything worked fine. The menus are straightforward and the picture and sound quality is superb. You cannot tell whether you are watching live TV or a recording. Others have said that the fan is noisy, well compared to my last PVR (from a different manufacturer) it is silent. You can just hear it if you mute the TV sound and get closer to it (1.5 m). I would thoroughly recommend this product, well upto the standard you would expect from Sony.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By GrahamfromIpswich on 16 Oct. 2011
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Having just return my Samsung D8200 Freeview recorder because of its appalling usability, I was nervous about buying the Sony as it has some negative feedback on the Freeview tuner and HDD/fan noise. I had no problem with the tuner, and it pulls in all the same stations as the TV does. I do agree that the HD or fan is a little noisier than I would have liked, but you will only notice it if you are very clue to the unit. This unit is however so smooth and professional compared to the Samsung, it does what you want with a clear easy to use user interface. If you can't work something out, you can read the well written user guide. Something else that is very poor on the Samsung, a practically unreadable user guide. I'm very happy with this unit, and the more I use it the happier I get. I fully recommend it.
******UPDATE*******. I have just returned this unit to Amazon, as it has developed the same fault as others report, i.e. when watching live TV the voice sync is so far out as to be comical, and the picture is jerky and flickers. This is the third product I've had from Sony that has developed faults within a shortish time. They are losing the plot and the sight of what their brand used to stand for. i won't buy Sony again. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PRODUCT.
******UPDATE******. Just wanted to add that Amazon were brilliant about the return, just one week short of its one year warranty. Even Yodel were not too bad. They lost track of the product for 5 days, but they were friendly and helpful when I called them
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Martyr-icke on 16 May 2011
I've had one of these PVRs now for about a month and I can only say good things about it.
The picture quality is excellent and the sound is dramatically better than through my old freeview PVR.
Recording and playing back is a doddle as is set-up (which only took a few minutes all without stress or agro). The screens and menus are clear and easy. And while the fan noise can be just noticed when you stand near to the unit without any sound on, I have never noticed it when watching TV.
The menus are clear and easy to read and when connected to the internet via a network cable you can vie BBC Iplayer via the red button.
Oh, and if you have a Sony TV the remote control operates both your TV and the PVR.
I chuffed with mine.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By recrem on 8 Nov. 2012
I purchased the SonySVRHDT500B in March 2011.
15 months later the disk started playing up and then it 'died'.
Repair cost £253. Complete hard disk failure. Problems in finding Sony complaints contact details. Once contacted completely unhelpful.
Historically have always been a Sony man but not any more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 29 July 2012
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I chose this buy this particular freeview box as a direct replacement for Sky HD and because I already have a Sony TV & Blu-Ray player. The first one I recieved was defective. The picture stopped and started during playback of the time shift (live pause) or recorded programmes, and the sound and picture would gradually go out of sync.

This was returned and replaced very quickly by Amazon and I have to say the second one works perfectly.

Positives...
1. The auto set up was extremely easy.
2. The picture quality if better (in my opinion) than digital sattelite in both SD & HD.
3. Playback of recorded programmes is good, and fast forward/rewind speeds are probably more accurate than Sky.

Negative...
1. My wife doesn't like the the format of the TV guide compared to Sky TV! She will survive I'm sure!

All in all, I'm very pleased.
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