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Topic # 129155 5-Sep-2013 12:35
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I am used to a Panasonic HD recorder menu system for DVB-T (Freeview), I think its the same as on the Samsung TVs.  I was looking into trying to find a DVB-S (Satellite) based Hard Drive recorder, but the ones I have seen so far have rather awful TV guides on them.   Just wondering if people knew of any main brand Hard Drive recorders that had a decent guide system on it.

I am looking for something that is responsive and easy to use (not complicated).  The one on the Panasonic was simply push the button, cycle through the channels and see each days listing for that channel.  Press red button to record series or single program.

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  Reply # 890498 5-Sep-2013 18:44
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There aren't many satellite recorders with hard drives, especially if you want Freeview approved (uggh) ones. Off the top of my head:

Option One. There is a twin-tuner Dish unit (which I haven't used). But it won't give you many of the features of the Panny - ability to burn disks, DLNA streaming of recordings over the network etc. Plus, from what I have read, the quality isn't up to the Panny units either. While I haven't used it, FV compliance means the guide should be pretty much the same as any other FV unit.

Option Two. MySky. No disk burning, DRM on the outputs, and you have to rent from Sky - but otherwise apparently a fairly decent unit.

Option Three. Buy the Panny anyway. Connect to a satellite STB. Not elegant and you have to book things on both boxes for timed recordings. But does keep all the advantages of the Panny units without a Sky rental fee. That's what I currently do.

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