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Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Reviews

Updated: Apr 24, 2014 02:34
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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...

10 expert reviews | 3098 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 | 1131 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT330

Interface and smart content could do with a bit of work, but for picture and sound this is a...

2 expert reviews | 101 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 | 19 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 | 97 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 | 663 user reviews

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Sony BDPS790

The Sony BDP-S790 is an excellent player. It's fast, produces an excellent quality picture, is...

2 expert reviews | 641 user reviews

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Humax HDR-FOX T2

Deluxe Freeview+ HD PVR with outstanding networking

10 expert reviews | 652 user reviews

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Sony BDPS3100

I first ordered this Blue Ray player in mid December. The first one --was defective and Amazon...

1 expert reviews | 4589 user reviews

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Toshiba Symbio BDX2400

Entry-level Blu-ray player ain't smart

2 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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Yamaha BD-S673BL

If you need nothing but an HDMI output on your Blu-ray player and have an Ethernet connection...

3 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

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TiVo Premiere 4 TCD750500

TiVo continues to stand head and shoulders over provider-issued DVRs, but it still falls short of...

16 expert reviews | 1579 user reviews

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Panasonic DIGA DMR-EH69

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

15 user reviews

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Bandridge SVB7733 Commutatore video

I bought this box to link my freesat and DVD player to my TV. I have given five stars because the...

16 user reviews

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TiVo Mini TCDA92000

The Tivo is now the hub for our entertainment system. Now Netflix and Xfinity on demand are under...

440 user reviews

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Toshiba DR430

If you are looking for a DVD Recorder Player so you can create a home library of old videos, take...

1 expert reviews | 281 user reviews

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ViewSonic's WMA100

Remember the WMA100 we told you about a while back? We were kind of stoked on it (until yesterday...

1 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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TiVo® TCD846500 TiVo - Roamio DVR

Words hardly could describe the simplicity and the experience, you've got to try it to believe it...

812 user reviews

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Manfrotto 502 Video Head MVH502AH

Bought this for use on a slider. Works great! As far as Manfrotto heads go, I do like my 504 head...

49 user reviews

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Sedatech UC00577I2VI7HF Evolution - Miniordenador (Intel G630T 2x2.3 Ghz...

I don't usually write reviews but this product absolutely deserves sharing my thoughts with the...

5426 user reviews

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LG Electronics DP122

...but not the second half. Unfortunately after 4 months of minimal use this unit failed. It...

61 user reviews

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Magnavox MDR533HF7

The unit works better than expected and the final show which I have recorded is so improved that...

191 user reviews

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Samsung BD-F6700

Bought this unit in April 2014 to replace and old Playstation 3 Blu Ray gaming system. Easy to...

123 user reviews

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Magnavox MDR537H

has mor e harddrive & easy to operate.I like the harddrive & the ability to edit my recordings...

131 user reviews

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LG BP620C

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

47 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.

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