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Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Reviews

Updated: Mar 30, 2015 20:54
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Samsung BD-H6500

Blending a speedy and intuitive UI, loads of features, and gorgeous video performance, Samsung’s...

9 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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TiVo Roamio Plus

The TiVo Roamio series is the latest top-of-the-line digital video recorder and media hub from...

3 expert reviews

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#3
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Sony BDPS5100

The Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player offers a wealth of services and very good image quality for the...

11 expert reviews | 1847 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT330

4K scaling and an SD card slot set the Panasonic DMP-BDT330 apart from its peers in terms of...

3 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition is a capture device designed specifically for video games...

18 expert reviews | 1344 user reviews

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Sony BDPS1100

If you just want the ability to play Blu-rays and streaming content, along with a fairly robust...

3 expert reviews | 320 user reviews

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Yamaha BD-S473BL

With the BD-S473, Yamaha has created a nice Blu-ray player that does a good job in the...

3 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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Panasonic DMR-BWT735

Panasonic currently stands alone in producing decks capable of both recording Freeview programmes...

2 expert reviews | 98 user reviews

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Humax HDR-FOX T2

Deluxe Freeview+ HD PVR with outstanding networking

11 expert reviews | 757 user reviews

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#10
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Yamaha BDA1020

Vivint is offering 50 Mbps upstream/downstream wireless for $55/month in addition to security...

2 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT230

The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 is a mostly solid Blu-ray player, except it serves up obnoxious ads in...

2 expert reviews | 218 user reviews

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Philips DR4I6B50F

good buy, was used for a project and then i keep the rest since i like to write on the disk...

48 user reviews

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TiVo - Roamio Pro DVR

The best DVR in the market, adding "roaming" and huge capacity in this version. Pricy but...

38 user reviews

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FiiO D3 Digital to Analog Audio Converter With Micca 6ft Optical Toslink...

Works great! Thanks!

1286 user reviews

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#15
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Bandridge SVB7733 Commutatore video

Perfect for the new TV I bought which has only got one SCART socket. So now I have the SKY plus...

17 user reviews

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TiVo Mini TCDA92000

So easy to set up and love how it is so small compared to big HD box you rent from cable...

487 user reviews

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Manfrotto 502 Video Head MVH502AH

I was upgrading from a Davis & Sanford fluid tripod that was broken to this one. I really like...

76 user reviews

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Premium QT5680-1 Digital Video Recorder - 1 TB HDD (H.264, D1, CIF - Ethernet...

Good quality product, easy to install and the image looks great. Setting up the software and...

18 user reviews

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TiVo® TCD846500 - Roamio DVR

Recently cut the cable cord and decided to go with TIVO because of the combination DVR and...

852 user reviews

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FINIGO Portable 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with ON/OFF Switch +Super Speed 5gbps USB...

Excellent product, works great, no complaints, has 4 usb inputs, all good, connections all solid...

106 user reviews

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LG Electronics DP122

It is a good DVD player, but does not have HDMI. The design is next to perfect though. I have...

64 user reviews

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Sedatech - PC Multimedia, Ordenador de sobremesa (AMD A4-5300 2x3.4Ghz...

pleased so far

7406 user reviews

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#23
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Magnavox MDR533HF7

Ok so we don't have a PVR...for what its it worth this great for what We wanted it for. We are...

225 user reviews

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Q-see Advanced QS494

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ZTHY S3000A 3.5 inch LED Screen HD 720P H.264 Dual Lens Car Camera DVR...

Instructions extremely small and hard to read, but once it was set up pictures were very clear. I...

12 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Digital Video Recorders (DVR)

    A DVR allows you to easily and efficiently record and save programming directly from your television, just as how it used to be done with a VCR. The main difference is that DVRs are simple and intuitive to use – search through the interactive programming menu by category, show title, or broadcast time, and with the push of a button you can record any show you want – there's no need to fiddle with setting a start time or a stop time (although you can customize this if you like), or changing out clunky tapes, it is all handled automatically.

    Advanced models can even transfer recorded programming to your computer or a flash storage device, letting you save shows for as long as you like. The technology is designed to make television viewing a pleasure again, rather than a chore with a fixed schedule. Once you have experienced television with a DVR, you will never want to go back!



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    Why Should You Buy a DVR?

    Missing your favorite television shows and programming is very easy to do. The demands of work and family are obvious, but today there are so many entertainment formats competing for your time, it can be simple to miss an episode or two and be left helplessly behind. DVR offers a simple solution, allowing you to organize and schedule your viewing for when it is most convenient – watch shows when you want to, see episodes you would otherwise miss, all at the touch of a button.

    Are you a fan of two shows that broadcast at the same time? No problem, a DVR allows you to negotiate schedule conflicts – watch one show while recording and saving the other for later. All DVRs allow you to watch live programming while recording at the same time, and some models allow you to do this while recording multiple programs. Customer satisfaction is built into the technology.

    A DVR also optimizes your viewing habits by allowing you to fast forward through and skip entirely all of the commercials and wasted time within a typical broadcast. With the commercials removed, watching an hour long show only takes forty minutes! A three hour football game can be enjoyed in well under an hour if you are simply interested in skimming the highlights. Miss a subtle clue in the murder mystery you are watching? Rewind and see it again. Time is money, as they say, and the extra hours that a DVD returns to you every week is well worth the investment.

    Most, if not all, cable and satellite television providers will offer to lease you a DVR unit as part of your subscription – the monthly fee for this is typically $10-20. While this is a modest fee in the short term, as the months add up the total can become quite expensive. Purchasing a DVR saves you the subscription fees and ends up saving you money in the end.

    Popular DVR Brands

    Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, and Panasonic each make several different models of DVRs, and they allow them to be re-branded with a cable or satellite service provider's name for many leased units – these products perform well with few technical problems. TiVo is a popular and familiar brand, and one of the first on the market.

    Popular Digital Video Recorder (DVR) products

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