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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay ..... I suppose !!, 8 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Panasonic DMR-EX86EB-K DVD Recorder (Discontinued by Manufactuer) (Electronics)
let me start by declaring myself a ludite - at least that's now how I feel after having purchased this !!!

I was led to believe that if I record from a HD channel (and I have only freeview) that the recording would be in HD.

This, I think, was "a distortion of reality". If I switch to TV mode and not watch through this recorder's freeview box - there's 2 channels showing BBC 1 (for example); one in HD, the other in SD.... and the HD channel closes down now and again. There's only one BBC1 channel through the DVD recorder - so I guess the recorder is not HD.
So, was I miss-sold something? Probably.
But does it otherwise do what I want it to do? Yes.
The only other thing is that it takes an age to turn on and activate its electronic programme guide. So long that it is often better to just watch TV through the TV's freeview box and not through that of the recorder or go and make a cup of tea whilst it sorts itself out!.

Oh! and another thing! The instruction guide writes about the HDD being a temporary storage medium and recommends writing to DVDs as a safer more reliable longterm storage medium. Why then, do many (other) recorders thesedays not have the option of writing to disc? Its all very confusing to one as simple minded as me. Just something for those out there of a similar age/mindset to be aware of. The trouble is - one needs to know enough to ask the right questions but if you do know that much you wouldn't need to ask the question in the first place!?!?!?
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2014 11:53:01 GMT
Def Jef says:
So right about the lack of choice in the DVD/HDD recorder market. I skipped off to the nearest Currys with some vouchers to spend on something to replace my knackered JVC recorder, only to discover NO choice. It was this Panasonic or nothing and even that was hard to find - the online and store details and being so poor you would think it had no scart sockets Audio out or DVD recording facility. Of course, I was told that nobody wants such things (I expect he told half a dozen people that every day) and also that I really should buy a new telly too - and a soundbar so that it would sound less than cr@p, or maybe I'd like to get a home cinema to watch the limited amount of telly I do watch on. Now, I've already been compelled to buy a Windows 8 loaded computer that sits unloved next to my regularly used Windows 7 one - even my kids hate the 8. Yep there's a new generation of Luddites just around the corner.

Posted on 6 Mar 2014 19:32:50 GMT
T. M. Small says:
This particular model is not Freeview HD, which explains why there are no HD channels on it.
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