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TVonics DTR HD500 Freeview HD Recorder

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  • Record High Definition at the touch of a button
  • 500GB to record upto 500 programs
  • Just Like Sky+ but with NO monthly contract or Fees
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
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  • Item model number: HD500
  • ASIN: B003O248TU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Oct. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,300 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The DTR-HD500’s Slim and stylish design makes a statement in any room. This Freeview+ HD Digital TV recorder allows you to watch, record and pause digital SD and HD TV plus much more. With its 500GB Hard drive you can record hundreds of hours of your favorite programs, as well as catch up on missed BBC programs with BBC iPlayer via the red button.

Box Contains

Digital TV recorder (DTR)
Batteries (2xAAA)
Remote control
AC mains adaptor
HDMI cable
RF cable
User guide
Quick start guide

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Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By RoseP on 8 Mar. 2011
I chose the DTR-HD500 hoping that it would reproduce the very good images on the high definition channels on Freeview and I haven't been disappointed. Images recorded on the hard drive are every bit as good as those our television receives off air. For example, the deep shadows and cheesy decor of the house that features in series three of Being Human are rendered intact.

There is much else to praise. It handles pausing live TV as well or better than Sky plus, it's very easy to set up programmes on the machine for recording and to access its library of recorded programmes. It also has handy sort functions, and, thanks to a new firmware upgrade, a search facility accessed by pressing the "Right" arrow on the EPG. Firmware upgrades have also solved the problem with the garish green EPG referred to in other review, as a variety of colour schemes are now available.

(For those who aren't yet familiar with the term, firmware is a machine's built-in software program. The firmware in today's gadgets can often be upgraded to add new functions, and the DTR-HD500 is no exception. It can be manually upgraded via a small download from the internet placed on a USB stick, through a LAN cable connected to a router, or upgrade itself automatically "off the air".)

As you may gather I'm generally very satisfied with the machine, but I do have a few niggles. The original styling doesn't sit well with the usual rectangular boxes in gadget stacks, and the curving face can make it difficult to read the front panel display unless you're viewing it from just the right angle.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Pampie on 20 Jan. 2011
Bought this after much procrastination and I am very happy with it, the setup is the easiest of any box I have yet to find. The picture quality is superb and the upscaling on some Sd channels with a good signal is very close to HD (samsung LED 40" tv)so good in fact that I now use this box instead of the inbuilt tuner in the samsung. Audio is good too digitally linked to my hifi though there is some delay from switching from channel to channel as the memory buffering catches up, you can also use it as a digital switch with other HDMI cabled boxes if your tv is short of them and even program the remote to control your tv etc so no constant switching of remotes. The only downside is the ergonomics of the remote as the most used keys are either in the middle or at the bottom requiring a change in hand position or using both hands, my samsung remote beats this hands down for ease of use and my sony blu ray remote is better also, but back to good bits it is really quiet, medium sized room , just me and the cat and no sound even when it records two channels at a time after waking up from standby. recording a programme is a one button job and the library function is so easy too. I would of given it 5 stars if the remote was as good as the samsung but that is it's only niggly bit.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on 25 Feb. 2012
Really easy to set up - done in a matter of minutes, managed to do it on my own without male help! Would never go back to normal TV, use it all the time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 27 Feb. 2012
I received this as a present from my parents - as I am about to start uni - and its been brilliant.
Just as good as any other on-demand or catch-up device but it has NO SUBSCRIPTION costs and its HD.

Very easy to set-up and use.

A great present.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Sept. 2012
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For some time now I have realised that sky, for me at least, is something of a money pit. So I decided to take a chance on this product and will be leaving Sky next month. So far I am very happy, slightly glitchy sometimes but it works, but that is probably down to over eager button pressing.

Good:
Clear and intuitive Menus
Excellent HD recording
SD up scaling
Digital photo's viewed via usb
Some access to home network via Ethernet cable (viewing indie movie shorts - somewhere past channel 200)
linking blu ray player to one of two HDMI outputs at back of unit
opt digital out
Handset has been programmed to control my TV's volume control

Bad:
Takes time to boot up from standby approx 20secs
short delay whilst channel changing
Can be glitchy sometimes
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gadget novice on 2 Oct. 2012
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The unit arrived well on time. Functioned well at the start & updated the software via USB quite easily.
This unit was recommended by Vision TV network to assess their Freeview data channels - like the Freeview 226.
Unfortunately, over the last few days the sound volume control was functioning intermittently.
I tried to contact TVOnics for support & advice - to my horror they have gone into administration!
What a real disappointment. I thought the supplier should have the moral obligation to inform the buyer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. R. I. Taylor on 17 Sept. 2012
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Couple of little notes before i start this review. The company in question TVOnics are in administration so this was clearly on my mind before i bought it. I asked amazon and was assured they would cover it so frankly i was happy at this. Given that amazon have often helped with previous product issues when they probably needn't have bothered i felt safe to buy. As an aside from that what a pity TVOnics is in trouble...uk manufacturer with what appears to be really good products. Very sad.

Good:

* Nice looking product (although it demands its own space and cannot be stacked as you may like), but well built and designed and i liked it instantly.
* Easy setup.
* Really nice menus and EPG etc, looks classy, modern and all of it is intuitive to use.
* TV picture quality...SD generally good to v.good (some channels better than others but all better than my Humax i had previously) HD is simply breathtaking.
* Quiet...really quiet.
* Controller is organized and easy to use...plus it controls my TV set which means one less controller needed!!!
* Unit has two extra HDMI slots at the rear...really good feature as you can use the box as an extra input to tv for the widening number to external devices you want to support
* 500GB drive...superb for the cost

Bad:

* No support from the manufacturers....see top. This means that once you have updated the software to the most recent build (through usb flash drive) you may be looking at never getting anything more. For the minute though i am simply not fussed as it is ten times better than the Humax.
* Its slow sometimes...especially when simply 'flicking' through stations with the 'up/down' button and I did crash it once using this.
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