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PVR [Aug. 28th, 2007|02:38 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I'm thinking of getting a new PVR, so I'm looking for recommendations. I
want one with built in Freeview and twin turner. It would be very good if
it could use the EPG to do season pass style record-every-episode-of-this
type stuff, and a nice extra feature would be either a built in DVD
recorder, or a method of getting the programmes off the PVR and onto a PC
for archiving. Can anyone suggest such a magic box?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-28 01:47 pm (UTC)
There's only T.
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[User Picture]From: bengraham
2007-08-28 02:04 pm (UTC)
I counted F. Which would be FTM.
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[User Picture]From: spoonrefuter
2007-08-28 01:47 pm (UTC)
I've got a Windows Media Centre installed on a Shuttle PC tucked away under my TV, which does all of the above (well, my controls the Murdoch box, so it's not Freeview, but it could have been). It was a little pricy, mind you, but it's been worth it for me.

For an off the shelf PVR, I've heard good things about Topfield products. According to http://www.toppy.org.uk/index.php, the TF5800 does pretty much what you want (not DVD, but you should be able to get stuff off of it onto your Mac/PC)
http://www.turbosat.com/acatalog/Topfield_TF5800PVR.html
270 GBP for a 260 Gb model
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[User Picture]From: ozgirlabroad
2007-08-28 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think we've got the same - it's ace.
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[User Picture]From: spoonrefuter
2007-08-28 02:28 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling that there is no season-type information on OTA EPGs

I also believe this to be true; you can download stuff for the Topfield PVRs, though, that allow you to record based on keywords in titles/descriptions.

Haven't you got a TIVO, though, Tim ? What's up with it ?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-28 02:39 pm (UTC)
There's nothign wrong with it, I'd just like something with a bigger capacity, and that can record 2 things at once.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-29 12:10 am (UTC)
I don't understand what the difficulty is to implement season pass functionality. The EPG contains the programme name, so why can't they just have an option in the PVR software to record every instance of a programme with that name?
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