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Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Reviews

Updated: May 16, 2017 22:22
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TiVo Bolt

The TiVo Bolt makes a strong claim to the throne as king of DVRs and streaming media, but those...

4 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

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Panasonic DMR-PWT550

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1 expert reviews | 37 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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Panasonic DMR-BST745

Review of Blu Ray player/recorder Panasonic BMR-BST745 BEWARE! I have allocated a 3 star rating...

1 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus

At $179 through Hauppauge site directly, the HD PVR 2 GE Plus is comparable to other devices on...

13 expert reviews | 1697 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...

14 expert reviews | 1595 user reviews

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Wadia 121

Very good product at a great price. This product replaced a line drive (passive preamp), and a...

3 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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Hauppauge HD PVR

Other than that, the Hauppauge HD PVR is a great piece of hardware for recording high-definition...

17 expert reviews | 1521 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 | 730 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT230

The DMP-BDT230 hits the major points we look for in a Blu-ray player: good A/V performance, good...

3 expert reviews | 226 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...

19 expert reviews | 1660 user reviews

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Philips DR4S6B00F

Philips is an excellent brand of blank DVD's which should fill all of your needs nicely.

13 user reviews

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TiVo Roamio Pro HD Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player (TCD840300)

The Roamio Pro is great for those of you like me that enjoy recording more than one program at a...

60 user reviews

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TiVo Roamio Plus 1000 GB DVR (Old Version) - Digital Video Recorder and...

After quickly growing tired with Charter's horrid cable boxes and UI, I decided to try Tivo. I...

165 user reviews

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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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Voyager VYCDVD7

Stopped working after two months

25 user reviews

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Humax PVR-9200

Overall, Humax have done a great job adding this functionality, not only to new purchasers of the...

19 expert reviews | 1061 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...

607 user reviews

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Channel Master DVRPLUS 1 TB Digital Video Recorder (Each)

The 999 recording limit is a know issue to Channel Master that they have failed to address. It...

38 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BD93

" after successful WiFi setup, neither the Pandora or Netflix app works, never even prompts for...

22 user reviews

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Panasonic DVD-S700

I needed a new DVD player for my living room audio/video system since the old one crapped out on...

174 user reviews

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TiVo Roamio

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

1152 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BD83

very good

21 user reviews

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Tesco TDVD215

Bought this for my little girls room and its a great little DVD player looks good not to big and...

111 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...

73 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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