PVR - how does this work with a TV with built in Freeview?

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My TV is a Panasonic 37" LCD with freeview built in. I want to get a PVR which can record something on a different channel to the one I'm watching and I'm happy if it can record up to about 40 hours of programming. I don't need a PVR with freeview built in as my TV has it already although I'm technically naive so someone may tell me different! Can anyone suggest something that suits my needs? The budget is c£200. (I aim to get a BluRay player as well for another £200 or so, I have enough hdmi sockets to attach it to so everything should be compatable I think). Thank for your help in advance. Mark
 

John Duncan

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Get this. Forget the fact that your telly has freeview built in, because with this box you'll never use it - you'll always be watching the Humax's tuner, because it means you can pause the programme you're watching, whilst recording two others. There's a more expensive one with a bigger hard dis, but sounds like you don't need that.
 
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Hi
Any PVR you buy will have it's own freeview tuner. This means you use the pvr tuner to record from and the TV tuner to watch the other channel. I use a Panasonic DMR-EX77 which is excellent but is a year old now so is probably out of date. Plus you've got Freeview+ now. Check out the reviews to see which fits the bill. You coul also consider Freesat if it floats your boat.
Good luck
 

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Marktrl:
My TV is a Panasonic 37" LCD with freeview built in. I want to get a PVR which can record something on a different channel to the one I'm watching and I'm happy if it can record up to about 40 hours of programming. I don't need a PVR with freeview built in as my TV has it already although I'm technically naive so someone may tell me different! Can anyone suggest something that suits my needs? The budget is c£200. (I aim to get a BluRay player as well for another £200 or so, I have enough hdmi sockets to attach it to so everything should be compatable I think). Thank for your help in advance. Mark

Mark

If you are wanting to watch one freeview digital channel & record another digital channel at the same time,you will need a second digital tuner, a PVR or DVD/HDD recorder with a digital tuner.

The way you appear to be set up at the moment if you just want to record an analogue program while watching digital or the other way round, then you will not need a recorder with a digital tuner.But if you want to record digital while watching digital you will need a second digital tuner.

I'm about to change my setup but at the moment it's like this,i don't have a tv with a tuner.

I have a twin tuner tvonics hard disc pvr,with the two tuners i can do what you, i think want to do.In fact i'm daisy chained into a dvd/hdd recorder which also has a tuner and i can if i want to, record 2 digital channels while watching another because of the 3 tuners.

Hope this helps,i'm new here & have received a lot of info from others on here.
 
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Anonymous

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I see you've stated you don't need a hard drive this extensive but this Humax is within budget and also includes a HDMI output. The real benefit is a digital transfer and upscaling, I think this box fully justifies its premium over its predecessor. Well as long as your TV is HD Ready.

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Anonymous

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Thank you to you all. Great advice and really helped me in thinking this through. I'm going to go for the Goodmans GHD8020F2. It does enough at a cracking price, simple as that.
 
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Anonymous

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...at least I was going to buy it but Amazon out of stock. Now I can't find one in stock anywhere!
 

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