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4.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing (almost...), 7 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Sony RDRHXD970 - 250GB Hard Drive DVD Recorder With Freeview (Electronics)
We bought this Sony HDD recorder because we were sick of having video recorder, DVD player and Freeview box stacked underneath our TV. This machine replaces them all (well, my wife still insists on keeping the video recorder so she can watch her old VHS tapes, but...).

The best feature is one that users of Tivo or Sky+ are well used to: recording a programme (or a whole series) onto hard drive just by clicking the programme's title in the onscreen TV guide. The convenience of this cannot be overstated. No more hunting around for tapes or wondering if you've taped over your wife's precious copy of last week's Trinny & Susannah. Click the Title List button and all the programmes you've taped are displayed for immediate viewing, along with animated thumbnails of scenes from the programmes, like on a DVD menu. Recording onto DVD is another bonus if you want to keep your programmes, or lend them to others.

I haven't tried the "pause live TV" feature and one reviewer below suggests it's not all that brilliant. I also don't know about playing AVI files from the computer and I suspect this is a feature most of us won't use.

One caveat I have discovered is that you can't tape one channel and watch another. This is a significant problem, meaning that effectively the recorder is only good for taping if you're out or not watching TV. Otherwise we've been restricted to using the analogue tuner on our TV to watch one of the terrestrial channels. If you wanted to watch one digital channel and tape another, you'd be sunk. I suppose the only way around this would be if you had a digital tuner built into your TV, but as we're using an analogue TV and watching all our digital through the AV channel, then we'll have to wait, and hope they don't turn off the analogue signal in our area for a few years.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2007 00:32:56 GMT
I am a little confused about this review in which John says "One caveat I have discovered is that you can't tape one channel and watch another". well in Sony's description on the Amazon listings it says this facility does exist, see in Pause TV it says "With Simultaneous Record and Playback, you can watch one show and record another, making sure that you never miss you favourite shows when they clash!. Can anyone elaborate on this issue please? Please email me on john.kino@good.co.uk

Also does anyone know if the issue that Richard Cox raised has been rectified by Sony yet? (he EPG is a great feature BUT there is an design fault which means the system will often wipe the setting within 24 hours of it being set).

I've been l.ooking to buy a DVD recorder for a couple of years now and I would rather buy a branded model but I am so confused by al the different models available. If you can help I'd be grateful.
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2008 19:43:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2008 19:44:43 GMT
DVD Fan says:
it only has 1 digital tuner, so it can only view or record 1 freeview channel at a time.

to watch a different freeview channel while recording requires you to have either a freeview tuner built into your TV as some new TVs do, or to buy a cheap (under £20) freeview set-top box, so you can watch that while the recorder is recording from it's own freeview tuner.

this is completely normal and the same with every DVD recorder that has built-in freeview.
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