Freeview PVR

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  1. Spinal

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    As some may have seen, I've just swapped to BT infinity... which means I'll be losing my Virgin TV service.

    Now, I don't watch much TV and while I will miss the history and discovery channels, I can always get sky if really desperate. That said, I do need a freeview box as my tv doesn't appear to have a receiver built in.

    I was thinking of something with PVR and HD capabilities... what's the general consensus? Any brands/models I should be looking at (or avoiding?)

    M.
     
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    We recently dumped BT's freeview offering (after being with them from launch) simply because BT refused to upgrade the boxes to HD..

    Now have a Panasonic PVR freeview box with twin HD tuners, access to Netflix etc.. and all the "wind-back" tv services. Excellent bit of kit. :)
     
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    Don't be tempted to get a cheap non HD freeview PVR-- won't have access to On Demand TV such as BBC IPlayer- check the spec carefully as to the extra facilities /inputs video formats it will accept. Difficult to decide between the big names Humax PANASONIC SAMSUNG SONY etc maybe get one that will integrate best with your existing TV = one less remote. They have all been criticised for their EPG sources from time to time which are farmed out to third party providers -- some offer better= further into the future recording facilities then others.
     
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    I have Humax HD PVR. Didn't cost a lot and works well, will get another when/if it goes phut. TV is Pan Viera.
     
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    Does the Humax one allow to stream video from a SMB share?
     
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    Is that the same as this?

    "....share your recorded content with other devices around the home."

    If not then no idea :(

    Ian
     
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    Quite a few options in the Panasonic range with twin Freeview HD tuners that are DLNA compliant (server and client).
     
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    Thanks- Ian, nope, it's not.

    I was thinking of something that lets me stream directly from an SMB share as I have a drobo and have no idea how to get the DLNA server working. Drobo themselves are dreadful with support of apps... I have a PS3 that will stream, but it needs another computer on to do the SMB->DLNA transition.

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    You get a free Humax YouView box with BT Infinity, with monthly fee of either £5 for their Essentials package, or £12 for their Unlimited package.
     
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    We bought a cheap one from Tesco two and a half years ago (Technika Smartbox 8320HD) and have to say it's been fine. It was £200, which was quite a bargain for a twin-tuner HD box back then.
     
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