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4.0 out of 5 stars SONY SVR-HDT1000 - 1TB FREEVIEW+ HD DIGITAL RECORDER, 3 July 2012
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SONY SVR-HDT1000 - 1TB FREEVIEW+HD DIGITAL RECORDER

LIKES
* Excellent Freeview+ HD quality & upscaling of SD picture quality
* Huge 1TB HDD - record approx. 300 hours of SD/125hours of HD programmes
* Twin HD Tuner - record 2 channels at the same time
* Record a complete TV series by the press of just one button
* Picture-in-Picture function - view small image of second channel
* View time-shift, forward or rewind recorded programmes
* HDMI® output - 2 x USB connections
* 1 x ethernet port - watch BBC iPlayer via Red Button with suitable ethernet WiFi adapter to connect to home wireless connection
* BRAVIA® Sync for compatible SONY TV products

DISLIKES
* Slow response times - in switching on or off (about 30 seconds) - or in changing channels (about 5 seconds)
* Cumbersome way to delete recorded contents - have to select item then choose Delete from Options list
* Rather generic 7 day EPG (lack of SONY brand) - also not very user friendly

TIPS ON SETTING UP SONY SVR-HDT1000
* The coaxial aerial cable (in) must NOT touch any other cables,
especially the aerial cable out to TV, DVD or Blu-Ray Player or no signal results
Try relocating the box to avoid cables crossing & touching each other

* There is just no picture if the digital/Freeview+ HD signal is weak

* With a strong digital signal - digital noise, pixelation, or picture freezing may result
Use an attenuator to adjust the picture quality
(I used a variable attenuator up to 20 dB - £7.99 or less
A fixed attenuator up to 8 dB/10 dB is cheaper)

* To access BBC iPlayer
Connect an ethernet WiFi adapter to the box to access the home wireless network
(I use NETGEAR Universal WiFI Internet Adapter - under £40 from Amazon instead of RRP £60)

Configure the ethernet WiFi adapter then plug it into the ethernet port at the back of the box
(See my review on how to set up the WiFi ethernet adapter)

Attach the supplied USB cable for the adapter to the USB port below the ethernet port for power
(alternatively use the supplied power plug)

Press the RED Button on normal BBC channels to access BBC iPlayer
Once connected wirelessly, BBC iPlayer also offers a choice of viewing at 'Higher Quality' picture!

Hope this info helps someone!
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2012 19:50:56 BDT
X says:
Nice review, sometimes the strong signal problem which causes picture freezing/breakup is also due to the channel being picked up on 2 UHF bands, sometimes it helps to check this as I found my Sony TV was picking up a more stable signal on a different band. Problem solved by manually tuning it to the better band, which deletes the other channel. Hope that will help someone! It's a rebadged Digitalstream, btw, with minor improvements to picture quality and user friendliness added (eg HDMI-CEC) by Sony.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2012 23:54:19 BDT
Music Lover says:
Thanks for feedback and info. Luckily I didn't need to manual tune on the UHF bands (or tedious retuning job!)

What I did get was a really good TV aerial cable with super duper insulation from electronic and magnetic interferences. The picture quality dramatically improved for every channel!
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