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# 18929 29-Jan-2008 23:03
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Hi everyone,

I have a question about hard drive DVD recorders that I am hoping someone may be able to answer for me.  Basically all I want to know is does a hard drive DVD recorder exist yet that will allow you to record two programmes simultaneously like can be done with MySky?  If not does anyone know when this will eventuate?

Cheers Lilly

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  # 107530 30-Jan-2008 11:44
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No, not unless you wish to buy two sky boxes.
When this will be done without having to buy two sky boxes? Probably never... Thanks to SKY.

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  # 107532 30-Jan-2008 12:06
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Actually, it depends on what you are recording.  If you have Freeview (DVB-S) then there are set-top boxes with dual tuners and an internal hard drive, so you can record one program whilst watching another.  But none of them have DVD-recorders built in, if that is a requirement I would recomend either buying a seperate DVD recorder without a hard drive or burning the shows on a DVD writer in a PC.

For normal TV I have never seen a dual tuner solution.  Of course you could always go down the HTPC road, which would give you everything you want, plus more.  A basic HTPC with a dual tuner card with already have a hard drive and a DVD recorder, and offers more flexibility than any set-top box, and can be upgraded as needed.


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  # 107533 30-Jan-2008 12:11
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Ok let me clarify myself. There are no hard drive recorders that can record 2 sky channels at once.
If you build a htpc then you can record a sky channel and a free to air, or freeview with the appropriate equipment  

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  # 107535 30-Jan-2008 12:20
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HTPC - Any combination of Sky, Free to Air, Freeview etc, but need a seperate tuner for each. I have a colleague with an htpc and 2 standard sky decoders (Multiroom service), so he can watch/record 2 x Sky channels at same time).

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  # 107587 30-Jan-2008 17:14
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Hi everyone,

Sorry I think I had better clarify and make myself clearer.  I do not have sky and am not interested in getting it at this stage.  I was only mentioning MySky to illustrate my point.  I am basically looking for a hard drive recorder that I can use with free to air TV but that is able to record two shows at the same time, as you can do with MySky.  But I am gathering these recorders do not yet exist.

Cheers Lilly

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  # 107627 30-Jan-2008 20:42
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HTPC is the way to go. Nothing is available from the likes of Pioneer, panasonic etc, which I think is what you are asking?
With an HTPC you can have up to 4 channels recording if you like(with the right equipment)

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  # 107646 30-Jan-2008 22:19
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Dreambox make a dual tuner PVR that can record one and play another satellite feed.  The DM7025 can do this for SD... and in theory once the DM8000 turns up that will have HD support with a DVI interface (no HDMI).

The 500 can stream one TV show over the network to a remote HD.
The 600 can record to the local disk, or stream over the network.  However both are only a single tuner model.

There are a number of other STB's that can be found worldwide... but I don't know of any consumer devices in NZ.


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  # 107653 30-Jan-2008 22:50
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Could always go the utilitarian approach and get 2 DVD recorders, and split the cable to the roof!! (tongue in cheek).

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  # 107657 30-Jan-2008 23:05
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There are several dual tuner satellite based PVR's available (I have the Hynduai HSs-880)
I am able to record 2 channels and watch a 3rd or any previous recording - timer recording can be done using the epg.

and the is a usb connection to connrct the stb to a pc or laptop to edit and burn recordings (I have not yot tried).

ther are also Topfield and Kaon units available

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