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Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Reviews

Updated: Nov 27, 2015 00:28
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LG BP550

Adrienne Maxwell checks out LG's BP550, a 3D-capable Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, Music...

4 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT170

If part of the reason for getting a new player is to add catch-up TV to your set up, then give...

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Samsung BD-J5500

You might find the BD-J5500 an aesthetic pull. You might not. Either way there’s more to like...

2 expert reviews | 34 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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Sony BDPS5100

From its eye-catching design, to the intuitive user interface and stable images, there's a lot to...

9 expert reviews | 3091 user reviews

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MIO Mivue 538

The MiVue 538 is a good-quality compact dashcam with built-in speed camera alerts, but the...

4 expert reviews | 62 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...

5 expert reviews | 122 user reviews

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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus

Today DaveChaos takes us through the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus. Be sure to check out...

9 expert reviews | 1587 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...

4 expert reviews | 967 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 | 1373 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 | 459 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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Sony BDP-S3200

The Sony BDP-S3200 will play your Blu-rays just fine but it doesn't do enough to embrace...

1 expert reviews | 675 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 DMP-BD93

" We've had a few Panasonic disc players over the years. When we decided to upgrade and get a Blu...

19 user reviews

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Toshiba SD3020

Bought this to use as a CD player only. Does the job well but the absence of any visible display...

39 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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Samsung BD-J5700

This is a nice Blu Ray Player with a built-in wi-fi. The only downside is that it does'nt have an...

70 user reviews

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Corsair H100

ANOTHER ALL-IN-ONE liquid-cooling loop! Hooray! Corsair’s H100 is its fifth liquid cooler; after...

24 expert reviews | 1035 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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LG BP300

Arrived in good condition by the expected date. Set up was easy and I am pleased with the...

18 user reviews

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LG BP340

Great Machine it has played every movie I put in it. Shipping was very Fast AAA+++

654 user reviews

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Transcend DrivePro 220

Excellent piece of kit.

157 user reviews


    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!


    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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