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# 204995 26-Oct-2016 08:29
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Some new TV's have twin tuners, USB record 'anytime', freeview plus, etc.


Has anyone found their smart TV is good enough to do away with the freeview recorder box?

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  # 1660445 29-Oct-2016 15:26
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The answer to that question is very much "it depends".


In my experience using a smart TV isn't as powerful and flexible as a good dedicated recorder, and certainly not when compared to a HTPC. Personally, I like my recorders and would replace one if it died.




  • not all recorders are equal, and a good smart TV might easily be as good (or better) that a cruddy cheap recorder
  • not everyone needs all the functionality a good recorder can offer (DLNA connectivity etc) and, depending on your usage pattern, the TV might be all you need, and
  • it does mean less wires and inputs to juggle, which might be better if there are people in the household who struggle with complex setups.

It's a case of horses for courses really.

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  # 1660522 29-Oct-2016 16:34
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The Sony TV freeview is awesome.


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  # 1660575 29-Oct-2016 17:49
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We have a 250GB hard drive connected to our 2year old 55" Samsung for recording. Works very well.


We usually use it to record movies only and use a freeview recorder for normal programs.

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  # 1660668 29-Oct-2016 20:45
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Recordings by a TV are usually locked to that TV for playback.

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