28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
, 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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