A high definition journey

Using the MyFreeview|HD JCMattew DVR-320T

, posted: 2-Dec-2009 11:29

Now that all the hurdles are over it is time to explore the JCMatthew DVR-320T.

Setting it up was easy as, scanning for channels was kids play. The remote is not the simplest looking remote but I got used to it fairly rapidly. It doesn't feel as good as my Viera's remote but I don't mind it too much.

Changing channels and volume is done with the central arrow buttons, as expected, and the response time is pretty good. (I feel like the unit is snappier to the DVB-TB01 I used to have.)

There are 12 buttons at the bottom of the remote organized on three rows but only the top row is useful really because it contains the EPG, recording schedule and available recording buttons.

Changing channels is easy, like I said, and the OSD (on screen display) is pretty useful too as it display the name of the programme, the quality of the broadcast (resolution, e.g. 1920 x 1080i), aspect ratio (e.g. 16 x 9), rating (e.g. PG), sound information, current time, and more... This information can be displayed at any time by pressing the Info button (bottom of the numeric pad). Pressing the Info button twice will also display a short synopsis of the current programme (same as the EPG I believe). But the piece of information I like the most is by far a progress bar that tells me how much I have "missed" from the current programme and how much more is left. On the right hand side it shows what time the programme is over and to the left when it started.



The menu is very simple but don't let that fool you. You can set lots of stuff: auto subtitles, favourite channel list, OSD duration and more.

The first features that stand out are Pause live channel and Record from the EPG. Let's take them one at a time.

Pushing the Pause button will freeze the screen and in a couple of seconds it will show a still image and a media-player like menu on the screen. Sadly you can loose your recording if you push the wrong buttons... You don't want to push stop as it will all be gone. Also if you fast forward and catch up to Live TV your recording will also be gone. The only thing you can do is push the Play button. Once you do that you can forward and rewind as much as you want. The thing that disappointed me is that, despite the fact that there are two tuners in this unit, I could not change channels and let the current programme record. To achieve this result I had to push the record button instead of the pause button...

The feature that I really liked was being able to browse the EPG and select the programmes that I wanted to record. It was as easy as pushing the red button on the remote. If the selected programme was a series (in my case Top Gear) I was offered the option to record the whole series. Now, depending on my answer the EPG would label a programme with [R] if a programme was a one off recording and with [S] for a programme that was part of a whole series I had selected to record...

This is it for now but I promise to get back to you with more details in the coming days. In the mean time I invite you to tell me what you'd like to know about this unit via comments on this blog or a message to my twitter account @nicktmro.

About the author: Nick Parfene was born in Romania and emigrated to NZ in 2005. He is a consultant for a Wellington based IT company 4 days a week and spends most of his spare time building mobile solutions for a small start-up called Tmro. He adores his partner and his Goddaughter, loves playing adventure games on his PS3, sports, sci-fi, animals (has a dog called Haiduc) and travelling. He is slowly being drawn into the field of photography but has no regrets. You can follow Nick via his Twitter account @nicktmro or his blog http://www.tmro.net/blog.



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