TVonics DTR HD500 Freeview HD Recorder
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- Record High Definition at the touch of a button
- 500GB to record upto 500 programs
- Just Like Sky+ but with NO monthly contract or Fees
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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The DTR-HD500’s Slim and stylish design makes a statement in any room. This Freeview+ HD Digital TV recorder allows you to watch, record and pause digital SD and HD TV plus much more. With its 500GB Hard drive you can record hundreds of hours of your favorite programs, as well as catch up on missed BBC programs with BBC iPlayer via the red button.
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There is much else to praise. It handles pausing live TV as well or better than Sky plus, it's very easy to set up programmes on the machine for recording and to access its library of recorded programmes. It also has handy sort functions, and, thanks to a new firmware upgrade, a search facility accessed by pressing the "Right" arrow on the EPG. Firmware upgrades have also solved the problem with the garish green EPG referred to in other review, as a variety of colour schemes are now available.
(For those who aren't yet familiar with the term, firmware is a machine's built-in software program. The firmware in today's gadgets can often be upgraded to add new functions, and the DTR-HD500 is no exception. It can be manually upgraded via a small download from the internet placed on a USB stick, through a LAN cable connected to a router, or upgrade itself automatically "off the air".)
As you may gather I'm generally very satisfied with the machine, but I do have a few niggles. The original styling doesn't sit well with the usual rectangular boxes in gadget stacks, and the curving face can make it difficult to read the front panel display unless you're viewing it from just the right angle.Read more ›
This unit was recommended by Vision TV network to assess their Freeview data channels - like the Freeview 226.
Unfortunately, over the last few days the sound volume control was functioning intermittently.
I tried to contact TVOnics for support & advice - to my horror they have gone into administration!
What a real disappointment. I thought the supplier should have the moral obligation to inform the buyer.
Other reviewers have mentioned the box intermittently freezing and having to reboot. I've not had any problems with mine as yet. I've had other makes of freeview boxes in the past that have frozen - but then so does my Sky box and my computer from time to time - I think its just one of the infuriating things about modern technology that we have to put up with.
The remote is sturdy enough and the box itself is good looking, sleek and most importantly for me cheaper than its contemporaries!
Just as good as any other on-demand or catch-up device but it has NO SUBSCRIPTION costs and its HD.
Very easy to set-up and use.
A great present.
Clear and intuitive Menus
Excellent HD recording
SD up scaling
Digital photo's viewed via usb
Some access to home network via Ethernet cable (viewing indie movie shorts - somewhere past channel 200)
linking blu ray player to one of two HDMI outputs at back of unit
opt digital out
Handset has been programmed to control my TV's volume control
Takes time to boot up from standby approx 20secs
short delay whilst channel changing
Can be glitchy sometimes
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