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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice build, nice front end, but let down by proprietary disk format, 5 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Sony SVRHDT1000B.CEK 1TB Freeview and HD Digital TV Recorder (1TB HDD, HDMI, BRAVIA Sync, Series Link, EPG, 2xUSB) (Electronics)
Hi All - Received this last week and was impressed with the sturdy build, stylish finish and features in the front end.

However I am not one of those people who keep their recorded programmes solely on the internal disk, and although there is an option to transfer to an external disk, the unit insists it formats it itself using Sony's XFS file system, meaning you can only use this unit to play the files. Not what I am after, I need the flexibility to move files back and forth at will from any source.

So sadly sent it back and ordered a Panasonic instead.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2012 19:28:55 GMT
GrrMeister says:
I agree put me off it straight away in comparison to the Panasonic.

Posted on 1 Jan 2013 21:17:39 GMT
Lyn says:
That answered my question about whether to buy a Sony or Panasonic! I want to replace a non digital Panasonic which has been excellent when transferring from HD to DVD or VHS to DVD etc. It seems mad for Sony to restrict formatted discs. It must put loads of people off, if they realise before buying that is.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 02:33:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2013 02:46:05 GMT
GrrMeister says:
It would seem that in an effort to restrict copying (Piracy in some peoples eyes) that most of the current recorders prohibit the transfer of files (EG Copyright films, etc) to any other medium where it could be 'ripped'

This is not necessarily a bad thing, but does limit a honest back up for future 'home play'

With so many 'bandits' around I think this is to be acknowledged as reasonable - surely ?

With the Panasonic you can transfer (HD recordings etc) to a USB drive which has exclusive rights to the recorder.

I am sure that is the way forward however painful albeit.

You CANNOT COPY FROM PANNY TO DVD/FLASH DRIVE or any other medium.

In the past I used to be able to transfer 'recordings' from internal hard disc to DVD & build compilation (eg Shaun the Sheep) for Grandkids - but no more it would seem !

That makes me a 'Pirate' ????

Get that budgie off my shoulder !!!

Anyway well done = will give a review of Panasonic shorty after 6 weeks of FULL testing - throwing everything at it full pelt !

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 23:25:51 GMT
Lyn says:
I spoke briefly to my local electrical supplier today re the pros and cons of various DVD recorders and another Panasonic seems to be the way forward. He didn't mention the subject of 'pirate-ing' dvds as a reason for the restrictive formatting issue. He agreed with 'Which' in that Panasonic tvs have lost their good reputation and some are being made by inferior manufacturers. They are getting terrible reviews and there are actually Panasonic tvs in the Which 'Don't Buy' section! The same goes for Sony, apparently.

Posted on 1 May 2013 12:46:29 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2013 13:58:50 BDT
GrrMeister says:
I am talking about a Panasonic HD recorder, not TV. I have a Samsung TV

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013 00:33:31 BDT
Lyn says:
I realise you are talking about HD recorders - I was just commenting on the unfortunate decline in quality with Panasonic/Sony tvs whilst we were on the subject. Incidentally, I am now able to transfer programmes from the hard-drive to disc on my new Panasonic. [ASIN:B0038VZXNW Panasonic DMR-EX83EB-K 250GB HDD DVD Recorder with Freeview+]
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