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5.0 out of 5 stars The UK`s first Freeview HD PVR, 1 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Digital Stream DHR8205U Set-Top Box with Freeview+ HD, 500GB HDD and 3x USB (Electronics)
I purchased this Twin HD tuner impulsively not really having ever heard of Digital Stream. My original plan was to buy a Freeview HD TV ready TV (costs around 100 extra) but i am glad I didn't. Firstly the ability to record and secondly if you ever move from a Freeview HD area you can sell the box so economically it makes sense.
I am very happy with my decision and Digital stream customer service is fantastic. Picked up all the HD channels and they work perfectly although the first time I tried the HD channels were not picked up. I had to fiddle with my aerial input (no doubt something was loose). Recording is simple and I have yet to have an error! You can record 2 HD cannels at a time and if you wish to watch all normal SD channels while you record you can connect the box to your TV (providing it has Freeview built in) via another aerial cable. Transferring over SD and HD content to an external USB drive is simple. You can also make folders to organise all your recordings but it takes time! Series recoding also works great but it would be nice to see them all added to a new folder. Perhaps in the next update?
My only complaint is that switching channels is a bit slow but while using the Guide it`s fast enough so no problems.
I have yet to connect the box to the internet so I can not comment but it would be nice to see BBC iplayer etc integrated like on the PS3.

Overall i am extremely happy with this box and highly recommend it. Perhaps I would have gone for the DHR8206U which has a 1TB hard drive.

Please note I am basing this review on the latest firmware update which was released 20/12/10. In order to update you must go to [...] and put the files onto a formatted (FAT 32) usb key and reboot the device with it in the back USB slots. If you try and upgrade over the air it just told me that I had the latest firmware
Digital Stream DHR8205U Freeview HD PVR with 500GB HDD
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Initial post: 3 Sep 2012 10:24:48 BDT
Mr. D. Petre says:
Iplayer now working with BBC red button.

Plug in a network cable, download and install the firmware update from http://www.mitlondon.com/main.php?l_code=06&itemcode=DHP8100U/DHR820xU via USB.

Note: over the air update not working.

Posted on 10 Nov 2012 22:08:32 GMT
Clairehen says:
It would be very useful to know how the performance has been since first purchased i.e. whether it crashes, fails to record programmes etc. My Sony HD Recorder is great to look at & easy to use, but over the past 18 months has on a regulalr basis switched itself off, failed to record programmes, frozen at awkward times and slowed down for no apparent reason. I would consider cutting my losses on what was an expensive bit of kit and purchasing the Digital Stream, provided it did not do any of these things. Can anybody please provide feedback?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 01:39:18 GMT
Tim says:
Clairehen, I have had my DigitalStream box for over a year now and I am very happy with it. It has never missed a recording. Very occasionally (once a month or so) it has had the odd glitch during playback, normally when I am working it really hard like recording 2 channels, watching a 3rd and deleting, all at the same time! All you need to do then is a power recycle and all is fine again. This is quite an old model now and I would expect the price to drop below £150 in the not to distant future. My friend recently bought the Sony and is always complaining about missed recordings.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2014 23:15:08 BDT
Thinking about buying this HD recorder but having just tried this firmware update site am unsure. This site is WOT rated as dangerous for spamming and phishing. Anybody had problems? Maybe the current boxes have the latest update so using this site not necessary?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2014 23:28:09 BDT
Tim says:
I have not had the problems you mentioned with the site. There is an excellent helpful and friendly forum that could probably give you a more detailed answer at AV forums....

http://www.avforums.com/threads/digital-stream-dhr-8203-5u-hd-pvr-master-thread-part-twelve.1686714/page-35

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2014 23:32:08 BDT
Thanks for your very speedy reply. I'll check out the avforums site tomorrow.
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