sbiddle: If setting up manual timers and making sure the channel is correct on the external STB is your thing it could be an option.
A single PVR with full EPG just makes things so much simpler.
butlerboy: what about the panasonic pvr's. i'm pretty sure that they record from both freeview hd and an external source. (i could be wrong though)
broonie27:butlerboy: what about the panasonic pvr's. i'm pretty sure that they record from both freeview hd and an external source. (i could be wrong though)
hey butlerboy, you're spot on, the panasonics does what i'm looking for. the only problem may be the EPG - i read a review of the blu-ray version in PCworld and it said the EPG didn't work properly in NZ.
broonie27: I meant to ask, what connectors do I need to be able to record from a telstraclear decoder to this device?
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ZollyMonsta:broonie27: I meant to ask, what connectors do I need to be able to record from a telstraclear decoder to this device?
You can use from the SD TCL decoder:
- RF Out: Lowest quality output
- Composite + L/R Audio: Higher quality
- S-Video + L/R Audio: Highest output from current SD box
How you connect it depends on what inputs your device has... S-Video would be best, otherwise use Composite.
- Composite will require a cable with 3x RCA Plugs at each end (Yellow, White, Red)
- S-Video will require a S-Video Cable and a cable with 2x RCA plugs at each end (Red, White)
Note: S-Video is only available on some models of the SD 'ADB' set top box.
Hope this helps.
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JimmyH: I own two older Panny recorders (that both lack a freeview tuner) and think they are both great, I therefore looked at the new Panny HDD recorders, with twin Freeview tuners, with a view to an upgrade. There were two issues - the cost (which was steep but not a showstopper) and the nasty fishhook with HD recording that they don't publicise. Namely, it records HD to the harddrive, but if you burn to disc it re-encodes it to standard definition only. If you just want to watch and delete off the drive (which isn't that large - 250MB from memory) then that's OK. But if you occasionally want to archive material, transfer it to a laptop to view "on the road" or transfer to a media player then it's not great. I will purchase something like it when I can access the HD recording - either by burning to disc, accessing the harddrive over a network, or a USB drive transfer option.