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Philips HDT8520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 reviews of Philips HDT8520. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Satellite Receivers for all reviews. Views about the size and price are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good feedback, but there are some critical views about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Philips HDT8520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 user reviews of Philips HDT8520 from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Satellite Receivers on Reviews about the price and design are on the whole positive, but the size and reliability get critical views.

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53% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Philips HDT8520 500GB PVR Freeview HD Digital Terrestrial Recorder

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Jason Denwood (

Philips HDT8520 - Pocket-lint


The age of the personal video recorder (PVR) dawned long ago, but the folk over at Freeview are only just catching-up. Freeview+ recorders - initially

Picture quality, speedy interface

LED lighting, no Top-Up TV, no online features

Quick, functional and sporting good quality SD and HD pictures, Philips HDT8520’s benefits hugely from a new software update to become a good value Freeview HD recorder. There’s few bells and whistles - missing features include Top-Up TV, media...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (

Philips HDT8520 review


A difficult birth, but this Pace/Philips Freeview HD PVR is now as able bodied as any

Usability ; Hi-def & SD pictures ; 128x speed scanning

Separate EPG ; Lo-res graphics ; Not Top-Up TV compatible

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (

Philips HDT8520


Despite the lack of alluring features like USB media playback or HDMI switching, the HDT8520 remains a very likeable Freeview HD PVR.

And like any good PVR, the HDR8520 offers all those essential tricks that most people can’t live without these days, such as pause/rewind live TV and the ability to watch a programme from the start while it’s still being recorded. When live TV is...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: (

Philips HDT8520


Stylish and feature-laden, the Philips is an excellent Freeview HD+ box

Great styling and display; detailed, vibrant HD and SD pictures; solid sound; 500GB HDD

EPG could have more features; the Digital Stream DHR8205U has an even better picture

Expert review by: paul_smart (

Philips HDT8520 Dual HD TV Recorder


This Pace unit (badged Philips) was the first HD unit I saw in a presentation in the spring, here now the production unit. If you need HD recording then this 500GB digital unit may just tick all the boxes on your wish list.

A nice unit with good sound and picture quality even in standard definition in HD it is truly excellent, it is virtually silent in use

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Geoff Rabans (

Philips HDT 8520 Freeview HD Recorder


The Philips HDT 8520 was the first Freeview HD Recorder to be released in the UK, but at the time there was a general feeling that it had been a little rushed onto the market in the Spring, to capitalise on the World Cup during the summer.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: (

Review of Philips HDT8520 PVR


Good points: Smart set top box manages to keep its energy consumption low, despite the bright blue LED strip. It also has a simple on screen menu system and a great remote control that allows one touch and series recording. The big 500GB capacity means...

Smart set top box manages to keep its energy consumption low, despite the bright blue LED strip. It also has a simple on screen menu system and a great remote control that allows one touch and series recording. The big 500GB capacity means you can...

Slight lag when channel surfing

Consumer review by: John (

Philips HDT8520


It was easy to use, looked great and really cheap for a recordable HD box, This was all really good whilst it worked

Worked fine for about three weeks then had problems with the box freezing, nothing i did could solve this problem, so I was unable to access my library. I had a look online and it seems this box is doomed with lots of faults. I will be returning it

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Tom (

Philips HDT8520


Superb picture quality. Excellent, well written, set-up instructions

Difficult to 'start up' from being switched off. Sound quality poor, great variations in volume

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: john (

Philips HDT8520


ideal for pensioners who cant afford broadband/sky/bt vision or any other pay for using tv


Aug, 2011

Product Specifications


1080p Upscaling: No
Built-In Modem: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HbbTV: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Show View: No
Twin Tuner: Yes
USB Recording: No
Web Browser: No


DLNA certified: No
Ethernet: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Decoding Systems

Free-to-Air: Yes

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

Analogue Satellite Receiver: No
Reception Standard:Digital
Table / Portable:Table