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  # 1017034 2-Apr-2014 10:48
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Personally, I regard all recording capabilities on TVs that I have seen as a bit of a gimmick. Nice on paper and to pad out the spec sheet for gullible buyers, but not actually that useful in practice. Particularly as most TVs only have a single tuner - who wants to lose the use of their TV for an hour or so so something can record?

As B1GGLZ succinctly points out at the start of the thread, If you want easy recording you are better off getting a PVR. There are some adequate models around for surprisingly little cost, and they will be a much better experience than trying to record on a cheap TV.

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  # 1017036 2-Apr-2014 10:50
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And, further to above, if you want to record something while you are asleep or away form home, wont the TV have to be on? Sort of makes even the timer recording a bit redundant (unless, of course, they can record while in standby - I'd be surprised though).


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  # 1017055 2-Apr-2014 11:08
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If it is still plugged in and on stand-by why would you be surprised if a TV could do a timer record? How do you think the PVR does it?

Apparently Freeview in Australia broadcasts the EPG in EIT format as well as MHEG so some TVs (eg LG) are designed to use that for scheduled recording and are only capable of timer recording in NZ.

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  # 1017098 2-Apr-2014 11:50
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Bung: If it is still plugged in and on stand-by why would you be surprised if a TV could do a timer record? How do you think the PVR does it?

The only TV I ever had that would record (Panasonic anaolgue with SD card slot) had to be turned on to record and I think you'll find digital TVs are the same. They need access to an internal clock and that's usually via the time signals imbedded in the Freeview transmission. Turn it off and no more time signal. Recorders can do it from standby because they're programmed to do so in the Firmware and they have an onboard clock which is auto-updated by Freeview when turned on..

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  # 1017143 2-Apr-2014 12:42
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LG and Sony have TVs that will record to USB HDD from standby, I haven't checked further.

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  # 1017423 2-Apr-2014 18:12
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Blame Europes obsession on efficiency for tvs doing nothing in standby. All I have tried also drop the ethernet link and USB power so waking them up is an IR only operation.


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