Sony SVRHDT500B Freeview HD Personal Video Recorder with Twin Tuner (Old model)
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- Watch subscription free, High Definition TV with Freeview HD built in
- Record one channel while watching another thanks to twin Freeview HD Tuner
- Integrated 500GB Hard Drive for up to 300 hours recording
- Enables you to back up recorded programmes to an external storage hard drive
- Enjoy BBC iPlayer catch-up TV
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This product is suitable for receiving Freeview channels via a terrestrial aerial. This product is not suitable for using with satellite dishes. If you are looking for a receiver to use with your satellite dish please choose a Freesat product. Click here for more details.
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Freeview HD Personal Video Recorder
Watch all your favourite Freeview HD programmes and record up to 300 hours of video on the elegant SVR-HDT500. This high definition personal video recorder gives you total freedom to watch what you want, when you want. On board is a twin Freeview HD tuner that provides the best possible digital HD terrestrial broadcast reception and allows you to record one channel while watching another. You can record two channels simultaneously while enjoying a previous recording or even pause and rewind live TV, so you never need to miss your favourite TV moments again. With a hefty 500MB hard drive, there’s enough space to store all your favourite shows and it’s easy to back them up to an external storage drive too.
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Be entertained in high definition
Enjoy crystal clear pictures, brilliant colours and sharp contrast with five times the detail of a normal standard definition broadcast. With an ever increasing number of channels now available in HD, there’s never been a better time to welcome high definition into your living room. The SVR-HDT500 features a high sensitivity twin Freeview HD tuner that can receive all high definition channels as well as up to 50 free SD channels*. Simply plug in, connect to an HDTV and watch spectacular HD programming from BBC HD, ITV1HD and C4HD through your existing TV aerial. Best of all, it’s subscription free so you never need worry about monthly bills or contracts.
The twin Freeview +HD tuner lets you easily record one channel whilst watching another or record two channels while playing back a previous recording. With Picture-in-Picture, you also have the ability to split the screen and watch two programmes at the same time. Recording options are very straightforward and easy to use. You can choose to record the programme you want or simply select ‘series record’ and you will not miss a single episode of your favourite TV series. Programmes will either record in SD, if you’re watching a standard definition broadcast or in HD if the programme is on a high definition channel. You can even pause and rewind live TV. There really is no reason to miss your favourite TV moments again.
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Watch when you choose
Record up to 300 hours of standard definition video or up to 125 hours of high definition video on the built-in 500GB hard disc drive. That’s more than enough to keep you and the whole family happy for months.
Expand the capacity or back-up your favourite TV moments for a lifetime
If you do ever run out of space, you can back up your recordings to an external hard drive, then free up the space on your SVR-HDT500. You can watch your backed up programmes whenever you choose; simply connect your external hard drive via the USB connection and have full access to your saved programmes. The external hard drive you use must be over 250gb capacity and be dedicated for use with the recorder.
All your photos and films on a big screen
With two USB 2.0 ports, it’s easy to view your digital photos and videos on your large screen TV or listen to music files. Just plug in a USB stick or external hard drive and access JPEG images, MPEG movies or MP3 music – a really convenient way to share entertainment with friends and family.
The SVR-HDT500 is styled for contemporary interiors with a smart black fascia and a minimalist look to match latest TVs and other home entertainment products from Sony.
*Subtitle and audio description can also be used, so you never miss a word of your favourite show.
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Top Customer Reviews
Sony's SVR HDT-500 Freeview+ HD box contains the necessary DVB-T2 tuner for receiving Freeview in high definition, and also contains a 500GB hard disk drive for recording TV programmes. In fact, the SVR HDT-500 contains two DVB-T2 tuners, meaning you're able to record two programmes simultaneously. If you've ever used a Sky+ HD box, this works along the same principle. You can pause live TV, rewind, skip forward (though no further than the point at which the live broadcast has got to) and record up to 300 hours of SD programmes and 125 hours of HD programmes, which should be enough for most people - if you plan on recording more than this you can always opt for the 1TB version, which has twice the capacity of this one.
The box itself is very sleek and fits in with the recent Sony product branding, with a glossy face and matted top and sides, and a minimalist approach to buttons. It's relatively light, but heavier than a normal Freeview box due to the presence of the hard disk drive inside. The power supply is actually an external unit, so you have a little black box (just a bit bigger than a deck of cards) that plugs in between your wall socket and the player itself.Read more ›
******UPDATE*******. I have just returned this unit to Amazon, as it has developed the same fault as others report, i.e. when watching live TV the voice sync is so far out as to be comical, and the picture is jerky and flickers. This is the third product I've had from Sony that has developed faults within a shortish time. They are losing the plot and the sight of what their brand used to stand for. i won't buy Sony again. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PRODUCT.
******UPDATE******. Just wanted to add that Amazon were brilliant about the return, just one week short of its one year warranty. Even Yodel were not too bad. They lost track of the product for 5 days, but they were friendly and helpful when I called them
The picture quality is excellent and the sound is dramatically better than through my old freeview PVR.
Recording and playing back is a doddle as is set-up (which only took a few minutes all without stress or agro). The screens and menus are clear and easy. And while the fan noise can be just noticed when you stand near to the unit without any sound on, I have never noticed it when watching TV.
The menus are clear and easy to read and when connected to the internet via a network cable you can vie BBC Iplayer via the red button.
Oh, and if you have a Sony TV the remote control operates both your TV and the PVR.
I chuffed with mine.
What more is there to say?
However, it might look like a Sony, but it really doesn't feel like Sony at its best! In fact, this unit feels and functions like a cheaper generic PVR repackaged with some Sony branding. To wake this machine from its standby takes an AGE! The hard disc takes so long to spin up that it can easily take 45" before the unit will respond to commands from the remote.
Secondly, the noise. This box makes a distinct whirring that is often audible under even moderate TV volume.
There is no Sony branding on-screen which makes one wonder whether this is a generic recorder hastily repackaged in a Sony exterior. Yes, the Bravia-Sync functions kind of work: you can activate Sony TV and this unit with one button-push, but there the customary Sony cleverness ends. You'd expect to be able to set recordings from your new Sony Bravia TV, but no. You have to manually fire up this unit and then clumsily select the on-screen EPG.
The EPG is cluttered and difficult to read. The series-link function is haphazard and the "trailer selection" where you an respond to an on-screen promo seems only to work with BBC channels.
The availability of two USB ports suggests a useful export or archiving function. Sadly, not true. Yes, you can fit an additional HDD, but don't think you can take any subsequently recorded programmes elsewhere. Sony's rights management firmware makes sure all recordings are encoded and will only play back through the original recorder - so there's no portability of recordings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this for about 2 years - it's always worked, but minor glitches. It's now failed completely and I'm looking for another HDD recorder to replace it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Griffiths
Works reasonably well - get the occasional hiccup when I need to reboot the hard drive and it is very slow to boot upPublished 11 months ago by Peter97
Box does everything you need it too, had it for several years now and it's still going strong. Every few months there's a little glitch where a menu doesn't open or something but... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. D. J. Price
Had this for about 18 months now and following a few initial teething problems I'm fairly happy with it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by MR PAUL R JACKSON