DVD+HDD recorder with Freeview - does ANYONE make one?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Martin Underwood, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. Do any manufacturers make DVD+HDD recorders with a built-in Freeview

    Looking at Currys' and Comet's offerings, I noticed that Sony make a model
    that has DVD and Freeview (but no HDD) and another model that has DVD and
    HDD (but no Freeview). No other manufacturers whose products were on sale in
    those shops had built-in Freeview.

    A quick check on Pioneer, Sony, Panasonic and Hitachi web sites doesn't show
    any DVD/HDD/Freeview recorders.

    For my own use, a Freeview/HDD recorder would be fine for time-shifting, but
    I'd need to be able to archive programmes onto DVD if I wanted to keep them
    or loan them to anyone else.

    I'm amazed at this state of affairs. I wonder why no-one's done the obvious
    thing yet and produce a recorder which can record to HDD and DVD with a
    built-in Freeview decoder.

    I have a separate OnDigital box but it is a bit temperamental and has a
    habit of locking-up sometimes so it no longer responds to signals from the
    remote, and sometimes won't come out of standby to start a timed event. As
    long as I leave it on one channel, it seems to work fine. But long-term it's
    got problems, especially for unattended recordings when I'm not around to
    turn the power off and on to reset it when it gets into a funny mood.

    I don't want to have to buy another separate box (in addition to a DVD+HDD
    recorder) because having the decoder separate from the recorder seems a
    ludicrous state of affairs - imagine if VHS recorders didn't have a built-in
    tuner! Having to program the same event on both the recorder and the
    Freeview box is absurd.

    I think the scarcity of integrated TVs and recorders is going to be the
    biggest stumbling block to switching off analogue: many people (eg my
    parents) see it as a retrograde step in going from a VHS recorder that
    allows its events to be programmed by Videoplus to a set-top box that has to
    be programmed by entering date, times and channel - in addition to
    programming the VHS recorder by Videoplus but then remembering to correct
    the VHS recorder's channel to AV2 to pick up the Freeview signal. What is
    needed is the digital equivalent of the functionality of a VHS recorder,
    with a built-in decoder.
    Martin Underwood, Jun 29, 2005
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  2. Sony will do, maybe in September
    Some more here http://www.avland.co.uk/dvd/dvdr.htm

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Jun 29, 2005
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  3. Martin Underwood

    Andrew Brown Guest

    I have been looking for such a device for nearly a year now, and I only
    today do I get a hint that it's on its way.

    It seems strange that no one has put the combination together before now.

    As I see it both Sony and possibly philips are about relaese a product. I
    think the problem is that digital TV is a UK only transmission standard.

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  4. Martin Underwood

    Tony Morgan Guest

    I believe you're wrong there.

    There's a map of the countries who have adopted and implemented DVB-T


    And that's only DVB-T (Terrestrial)

    There's also other variants - DVB-S (Satellite), DVB-C (Cable) and MHP
    (provides interactivity on the DVB variants).
    Tony Morgan, Jul 7, 2005
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    Simon Patten Guest

    Does it have to be "wife-friendly"? Why not just get a Digital
    Terrestrial receiver card and a DVD writer for your PC and plug an
    aerial in?

    As mentioned in another message, I use the Nebula DigiTV card which
    comes with a good remote control, it streams the received signal
    directly to disk (as .MPG) which you can then edit and burn to DVD or
    just watch on your computer.

    Better yet, build an HTPC (Home Theatre PC) which is pretty enough and
    quiet enough to sit in the lounge and you can also play all your MP3s
    through it, look at your photos, watch videos on disk and even use it
    as a computer from time to time.

    As I see it, the problem with integrated units is that you can't do
    much in the way of editing (i.e. toping and tailing, removing adverts,
    joining files, etc.) and, being a fussy old bugger, that would put me

    Simon Patten, Jul 7, 2005
  6. You aren't married, are you ?


    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jul 8, 2005
  7. Martin Underwood

    Simon Patten Guest

    Hehe, how did you guess? :)

    (She saw me writing the "wife-friendly" comment earlier and had a good
    giggle about it)
    Simon Patten, Jul 9, 2005
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