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Topic # 100549 13-Apr-2012 10:45 Send private message

I have a house at the beach with no phone line but with Satellite Freeview and SKY. Until recently I have recorded programmes to watch later using an old VHS recorder. I do have a DVD player there too! I also have used an older laptop for recording stuff in Auckland and replaying it at the beach.

However we sometimes rent the place out and the tenants also want to be able to record and play things so the laptop is not an option there.

Now the VHS recorder has finally died and I have decided to replace it with a HD DVD Recorder. Ideally the recorder would have:

Integrated Freeview Tuner(s)..my Freeview Tuner is a manky Chinese import that needs dumping
USB input - to allow me to transfer recording easily from Home to beach
Ability to play DivX/Xvid, H264 etc for material downloaded from 'Net
DNLA would be nice although currently my TV there is an old CRT so it would not be required until I update the TV.

Happy for any suggestions on other features that I should consider

I have done a bit of Googling and so far can really only find the Panasonic DMR-XW380GZK but it would be nice to have some other options to consider

Price wise I'd be thinking of $700 or so but could go higher for the right unit.

Any suggestions welcome.


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  Reply # 609056 13-Apr-2012 22:36 Send private message

The Panasonic Freeview recorder you listed is designed for terrestrial (UHF) Freeview - not the satellite system you're currently using. I don't believe there is a Sat. DVD recorder on the market?

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  Reply # 609060 13-Apr-2012 22:45 Send private message

Personally I don't see the point in DVD recorders any longer now that you can have a recorder with a humungous hard drive.  I have a Vu+ Duo with 2TB hard drive, and the most disc space we have ever used is about 20%.  With MySky we were constantly running out of space, but with 2TB, this is no longer an issue.  If there is the occasional thing I want to keep, I can poke a USB stick into the front and copy the file over.

What's the point of having a DVD recorder except for playing the occasional DVD?  If that's all you want, there are much cheaper options, but for recording, multi-TB hard drives are the way to go IMO.





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