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EchoStar HDT 610R Ultra Slim Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder

3.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
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  • Freeview+ HD DTR Watch & record TV in high definition
  • 500GB Hard Disk Drive
  • Audio – Dolby Digital Plus
  • Slim Remote Control with TV Control
  • 2 x DVB-T2 tuners

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
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  • Item model number: HDT-610R
  • ASIN: B007ZYL5ZI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 May 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,938 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

FREEVIEW+ HD DIGITAL TV RECORDER WITH SMART TV FEATURES

The slimmmest digital tv recorder in the world

THE SLIMMEST DIGITAL TV RECORDER IN THE WORLD

Ultra Slim Box is the complete entertainment solution; an advanced, high definition (HD) digital TV recorder combining Freeview+ HD, digital TV recording and access to Smart TV* entertainment.

REVOLUTIONARY

This exciting, feature-packed product is presented in an elegant, super-slim case that will fit neatly into any living room.

USER CENTRIC DESIGN

Featuring an award-winning HD onscreen guide with plug and play installation, the Ultra Slim Box puts consumers in complete control of their digital entertainment experience. The unit is installed in seconds using an onscreen set-up wizard.

A WEALTH OF ENTERTAINMENT

With Freeview+ HD you get the best TV out there – 50 jaw dropping digital channels and your favourite HD TV from BBC One HD, BBC HD, ITV1 HD and Channel 4 HD; all for a one off payment with simple installation and no monthly bills. HD gives you a crystal clear picture and Dolby® Digital Plus is supported to ensure glorious digital sound, when you’re connected to a compatible home cinema system and receiving compatible broadcasts.

ADVANCED RECORDING

The Ultra Slim Box features a user friendly, 8 day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) allowing you to plan your viewing and recordings at the touch-of-a-button. The fully integrated 500GB hard disk drive (HDD) ensures abundance of recording space; up to 300 hours in SD, or up to 125 hours in HD. Scheduled recordings also track the broadcast so you don’t need to worry if things change. You have the flexibility of watching one show and recording another; better still, if you’re watching a recording, you can record up to two other programmes simultaneously. You can even start to view a recording before it’s finished using the chase play feature; our intelligent software will even search for HD versions of your chosen recordings, ensuring that you get the best quality programming – the Ultra Slim Box will even seek out other show times if you have any recording clashes. A handy trailer booking feature allows you to schedule recordings directly from programme advertisements.

EASY-TO-USE

Easily browse and manage your library of recordings using the award-winning graphical user interface (GUI), the Ultra Slim Box instantly creates folders for series recordings and all your timers are presented in a single list in the daily schedule.

Ultra Slim box with Freeview+ HD logo

SMART TV & INTERACTIVE SERVICES

When connected to the Internet via your broadband router, the Ultra Slim Box provides access to entertainment on demand* and catch-up TV including BBC iPlayer; with more Smart TV services to come. The BBC’s red button interactive services are supported right out of the box.

OTHER FEATURES

Parental Guidance, Subtitles, Audio escription and Energy Saving – under 1W in standby. A fully functional remote control allows you to control both your Ultra Slim Box and your TV. Software updates are available over-the-air, manually and via the Internet*.

Echostar Remote Control

RECORD

The Ultra Slim Box allows you to record all your favourite TV programmes on the huge 500GB hard drive that we have fitted inside the slim casing – this is ample space for up to 300 hours recording of standard definition or 125 hours of HD TV. Series link ensures that all your favourite programmes are recorded at the touch-of-a-button.

PAUSE

Concerned about missing the action? Don’t worry. You can now leave the room without missing any of the action - pause live TV for up to an hour.

REWIND

Missed something, a goal, a must-see again scene on your favourite soap, or perhaps a vital ingredient for a recipe on a cookery show? No problem, as you don’t really ever miss anything with the Ultra Slim Box. Rewind live TV directly from your remote control to ensure that you can watch again, and again, and again.

Echostar HDT-610R Ultra Slim Box

WHY BUY THE ECHOSTAR HDT-610R FREEVIEW+ HD DIGITAL TV RECORDER?

Unique design; ultra slim case & award winning on-screen guide
50+ digital TV and radio channels, including 4 in HD
Pause, record and rewind live TV
Twin Tuner; pause live TV, record two programmes at the same time or a complete series
High capacity recording; 300 hours in SD, or up to 125 hours in HD
Smart TV+ ready; entertainment on demand* & catch-up TV

* On demand services are provided by third parties and may be chargeable. There are no monthly fees for BBC iPlayer. +To use Smart TV features you must connect to the Internet using your broadband router; at least 2 Mbps download speed is recommended. The Freeview service is subject to coverage. An aerial upgrade may be required.

Box Contains


HDT-610R Unit
Quick Start Guide (Download full User Guide at myechostar.com/support)
Warranty booklet
External power supply
HDMI® lead
Ethernet cable
Remote control & batteries
Mini digital audio adapter (digital optical cable not supplied)



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Customer Reviews

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Great bit of kit, straight forward, hooked up and on the go within about 10 minutes (that includes diving behind the tv faffing with cables).
Picture quality noticably better, functions easy to use and fairly intuitive, the remote control does feels a bit plasticy and cheap when compared to the quality of the unit itself but that is just me being a bit picky.

To echo what was said by a previous reviewer, my only issue is that at the moment there is no access to BBC iPlayer, a page on the Echostar website says the following:

"July 13th, 2012 It is with regret that as a result of a certification backlog at the BBC, we are unable to confirm when we will be able to make the BBC iPlayer service available on the Ultra Slim Box HDT-610R. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. We are working closely with the BBC to enable the BBC iPlayer feature and will keep myechostar.com updated with more information as soon as it is available."

Once that is sorted I would quite happily give 5 stars.

Pull your finger out BBC! - Please
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Unit is super slim and very well built with a metal casing.
Unit was easy to set up with all channels found.
HD is very good.
EPG is intuative with options on screen to record HD instead of SD if available, also if you want to do a 3rd recording ( obviously you can't with 2 tuners) the EPG will seach for an alternative time if available.
Disappointed that iPlayer is not available yet, but I understand this is only a couple of weeks away.
I own other Humax and Samsung PVR's and this unit is well up there with them.
Better looking than a large plastic STB.
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The only reason this was purchased was so I could slide/hide behind a wall hung Sony TV (rests neatly on the wall bracket) out of sight without the need start making holes in plaster board etc.

First box was clearly faulty, constantly freezing during channel changing etc. Replacement in-hand, the box so far has been stable, took about 10 minutes to tune the usual freeview + hd and radio channels, so a bit slow but you only do this occasionally anyway.

Pro's/Con's
+ Slim (only if you need this feature)
+ If box is not faulty, very easy to set-up & use, EPG is neatly laid out and controls intuitive
+ Easy to add IR extender to keep box hidden away
+ Picture quality as good as Sony's built-in tuner
+ USB ports (since 2014) allow harddrive/pendrive to export standard definition programmes. You cannot import them back though.

- The power supply is on the large slide given you're buying this device for it's slim features
- The remote control feels very cheap
- 2015 update: still no notable online channel/apps offerings other than BBC iPlayer (which is less obviously accessed by being on BBC 1, not HD channel, and pressing Red button or Text). For me this is not an issue as the Sony TV is internet ready, but for others given its price there are better alternates out there.
- No DLNA support

It ticks the box as I had quite a specific need with the size of the device. If you don't care for the size, then other devices offer much more functionality and storage space for the same or less in price.
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Easy to set up out of the box, unusual connector for digital audio. Picked up all the HD terrestial transmissions straight away and a noticable difference in the quality. These get displayed to to the TV at 1080. New feature on some of the channels eg E4 as trailers are played for new programmes during adverts new 'green' button that enables 'book now' to record. Impressive piece of kit.
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This is very easy to set up but this was for my mum and dad who are in there 80's - the buttons on the remote are small and not easy to use. The worse of all the subtitles kept turning themselves off and the box would randomly turn off.
I exchange for another EchoStar with exactly the same results, I also returned.
Then bought a Logik L1HSTB12 which is brilliant.
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The item is slim as expected ,faster than my Panasonic .not sure if the had drive is solid state but its very fast load and fast between choices on screen.
The only issue is the remote control ,its nice to look at does the job ,but the clicking noise on every press is very annoying .
But now the price has come down from £270 last year to a more affordable range its worth every penny .
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Liked it at first, is very slim and nice looking, but as time has gone on it is getting more and more buggy. Difficult to turn on, takes forever, a lot of times have to do a restart by turning it off at the wall. Don't really see it lasting which is a pity as I like the look of it, the menus when they work are clear and straightforward, and it was easy to set up.
But as I said has being getting buggy as hell, and the picture quality and sound on the hi-definition channels is bad at times, lot of picture break up which has been getting worse.
I did the update on it so it's not that. Pity ,couldn't recommend it really.
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This has got to be the most pathetic, unreliable piece of electrical equipment I have ever come across. Already I have had to return the first one as it kept switching off the sound and then regularly missing recordings. The second box was slightly better but now seems to miss recordings with alarming regularity. It even reports it has already missed recordings that are planned for the future.
Whenever you retune to Freeview channels (which should be done every month of so) you will then most likely have to reprogramme most of your planned recordings. As for it integrating with BBC iPlayer - don't even go there.
If you visit the manufacturers website it looks very like this was an item they produced, realised there were quite a few problems / complaints so just gave up on any future updates or enhancements and just let the remaining stock sell
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