I currently have a TF5010PVR (twin tuner DVB-S) which has served me well for years (albeit with an unfortunately small HDD), but it's just given up the ghost.
Part 1: the symptoms are that the day before yesterday it failed to start one scheduled recording (but did start another one) but was otherwise working ok; since yesterday it shows no picture and only gets as far as showing the firmware version on the front panel during boot, and all it'll respond to is the standby button on the remote (and it shows the emergency shutdown dots when doing so). If anyone has suggestions on things to try to resurrect the beast, they'd be appreciated.
Part 2: if I can't resurrect it, or just out of upgrade-itis, I'm interested in finding out good candidates for a replacement PVR. My situation/requirements are as follows:
- I have very good satellite signal.
- I have decent DVB-T signal although the picture does break up on occasion (possibly weather related).
- My TV has builtin DVB-T with single-tuner recording functionality, although I prefer not to use it as it has some glitches (mainly that if the TV is on when a scheduled recording is due, it displays a warning and fails to record, even when watching a non-TV input).
- I have an HDTV but don't really care whether recordings are SD or HD (I can see the difference but it doesn't bother me).
- I'm using a number of TAPs (user written plugins) for my current PVR to add features it didn't ship with. I'd like to keep as much of the functionality as possible; notable ones include:
- skip forward/backward (currently I have an adaptive skip, so whenever you change directions it halves the skip size)
- auto-extend scheduled recordings a few minutes before and after
- include date of recording in filename
- trim start/end of recording (permanently)
- I need at least twin tuner (two simultaneous recordings plus watching a recording or another channel on the same frequency), but the more the merrier.
- The EPG isn't a big deal, but I prefer having a full 7/8 day one. Bonus points for Series Link.
- I want to be able to offload recordings to a PC; mainly for extra storage but bonus if I can watch them from there too.
- Bonus points if it can act as a DLNA media server for files on an external USB HDD.
Another possibility is building an HTPC; I do have a spare PC with a reasonable amount of grunt, but no TV cards. But my brother went that route (first Vista then Win7 MC based) and has had a fair bit of performance-related grief, which I'd rather not repeat. (Although if I built my own I was thinking about using MythTV instead.)