Registered: Nov 2002
I've got one and it's handy for occasional clashes, and useful to have as a permanent pipe of CBeebies, but if you're considering getting it for the children to use, I'm not certain I would recommend it.
One thing to note is that there isn't an automatic buffer, and you can't even rewind after using live pause, which is very frustrating for someone used to tivo.
It's also very very fiddly compared to tivo, with buttons doing different things in different situations - e.g. to get out of some screens you have to press Exit, others you have to press Return. If you press Library twice, it doesn't toggle you in and out of it (unlike most of its other buttons), it starts showing the first programme in the list. And the various function buttons, like Guide, Library and Timer List, only work from live tv, not from within each other. But someone using it regularly would probably get used to those things.
Having said all that, I do get quite a lot of use from it, mainly from recording BBC programmes that clash with Sky One (though that can be very frustrating because you can only set up recurring recordings, not proper season passes as yet), or for watching special one-off events like football or Eurovision.
It has an excellent programme list function, where you can choose the channels you want and arrange them in the order you want, and you can have up to six of them, I think, so you can have one for each member of the family, or by theme, all easily accessible by pressing left/right - for example, we have one for Day channels, one for Night channels, and one for Radio.
It also has twin tuners, unlike the other freeview pvrs that I'm aware of, so you can record and watch at the same time. It can't record two programmes at once itself, and is unlikely to be able to (you can't delete a programme while it's recording, so people think it is limited to one hard drive action at a time or something), but you can set a timer event for two programmes at once, and tell it to output the second tuner to a video or tv. You can in theory connect it to two tvs at once showing different programmes. You can also choose which of the tuners to output to the rf lead.
It also works pretty well in tandem with the tivo - the tivo plugs into the back of it and it defaults to pass-thru mode.
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