Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview+ HD, 320GB HDD, 3 x USB, Set-top box with CI Slot
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- Watch and record up to 50 Freeview Channels (Hard Disc Space: 320GB)
- Recording Time equivalent to 180hours in SD or 90hours in HD
- Two digital tuners allowing you to record two channels while watching a third
- Picture in Picture feature to watch one channel and view another at same time
- Integrated Common Interface slot for additional Pay TV channels
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The Digital Stream DHR8203U is the first Freeview HD PVR (Personal Video Recorder) available in the UK. Not only can you record SD programmes, you can now record HD at the touch of a button. The 8-Day EPG has one touch recording, supports Series-Link to enable whole series recording, and the newly released feature TRAILER BOOKING. This lets you set a recording simply by pressing the green button during a normal advertisement for the programme. There is no subscription cost whatsoever for Freeview HD, unlike other HD options.
The DHR8203U Freeview+ HD PVR Set Top Box is an exciting product that enables you to record not one but two Freeview channels at the same time onto the built-in Hard Disc of 320GB while watching a third thanks to it's two digital tuners. It has an 8 Day Electronic Programme Guide which is easy to use so you don't miss out on your favourite programmes while you're out. It has some great features like Split Recordings, Picture and Text, High Definition for superior picture quality and Dolby Digital Plus for excellent sound quality, Auto re-tune, Power Saving Mode, and Picture in Picture which enables you to watch one channel while previewing another. This product also comes with one HDMI connection, two scart sockets, three USB connections, a Common Interface Slot enabling you to watch Pay TV channels and an Ethernet port so you can connect to the Internet.
A stylish and compact Set Top Box that has many great funtions and features with versatile connectivity to enhance your viewing experience.
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Top Customer Reviews
The only downside is the rather noisy fan, even with the latest update it can be noisy. You probably wont hear it at normal TV volumes but you probably will during quiet moments. Thankfully the latest update has changed things slightly and the fan now only comes on when the box gets warm, it used to be on all the time.
Stunning picture quality on HD channels.
Excellent picture quality on SD channels.
Easy to use.
Reliable recording (although depends on broadcaster sending signals at correct time, are you listening Channel Five?).
Can record two channels at the same time (and in certain circumstances, even watch a third).
Some may think SD picture quality is slightly soft.
Noisy fan when the box gets warm.
I recently performed the suggested upgrade to 4.03.r7901 using USB memory stick, it was trouble free and worked straight away after reboot, all the updated and new funtions performing as described. Really no complaints with this device and of the four types I have experience of the Digital Stream is by far the best.
I would have awarded 5 stars if it wasn't for the poor remote. However, don't let this put you off! I took the opportunity to consolidate and get a good universal remote to control my TV, DVD and PVR in one. Great investment.
The set up was really easy - though I would suggest installing the software update first or you will have to retune the channels. (And having downloaded the software on to a memory stick, remember to unzip it first, or the Digital Stream box will not be able to detect it.)
Sound and picture are fine, though my area does not receive Freeview HD until April 2011.
Control via the remote is relatively straightforward; a case of getting used to which button does what and where it is. It was not obvious (to me at least) that the "Media" button gives access to the list of programmes that have been recorded and the "Schedule" button to the list that have been set to record (or "reserve" in the odd Digital Stream parlance). Like all these things, when you have done it a few times, it becomes almost second nature.
Choosing what to record (from the programme listing) is very easy and it's great not having to worry about whether the recording will end before the programme has actually finished. The "record all in this series" function is very useful. As is the "pause/play" function for time-delaying some or all of a programme if you are interrupted while watching it live. You can also whizz through recordings at 4 choices of speed up to 64x, and have the option of watching a recording from the beginning or from where you last reached in it.
The one very minor drawback is that it takes 32 seconds from waking the box up to actually getting a programme on screen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to return as product developed a fault. Shame as I had one previosly that was greatPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Very good machine disappointed it did not say in the ad that it doe's not have a dvd player installedPublished 22 months ago by Mr. Roy Tungate
Stopped receiving TV signal. All I could do was watch what I had recorded, then throw it awayPublished 22 months ago by Carl D Belby
Excellent box for the money, once you get use to navigating through the menus etc it is easy to use.Published 24 months ago by wci383