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Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Reviews

Updated: Nov 13, 2019 17:03
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TiVo Bolt

The Bolt isn't for cord-cutters, or power TiVo users who value Lifetime service or need more...

7 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Humax FVP-4000T/500GB

Asked by John from England on 10th Jan 2017 Asked by Michael from Uk on 28th Dec 2016 Asked by...

10 expert reviews | 979 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...

11 expert reviews | 1698 user reviews

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TiVo Roamio Plus

The speed of the menu system still has the occasional hiccup, as with any set top box with a...

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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Humax HDR-1010S

The Humax HDR-1010S is a good choice for ex-Sky customers with a satellite dish already installed...

5 expert reviews | 666 user reviews

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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 gaming Edition is slightly pricey and suffers from HDMI limitations with...

12 expert reviews | 1589 user reviews

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Panasonic DMR-PWT550

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1 expert reviews | 138 user reviews

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Western Digital TV HD Live Media Player

Included in the box is the power cable, manual, the remote control plus batteries. The remote...

15 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

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Panasonic DMR-BWT850

Panasonic’s Blu-ray recorder is an impressive, but expensive, box of tricks

1 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

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Hauppauge HD PVR

The DVD burning portion of the software offers a nice assortment of design themes and menu...

13 expert reviews | 1511 user reviews

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Arcam UDP411

British boutique manufacturer Arcam has a new component for consideration, the UDP411 Universal...

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Humax HDR-FOX T2

Deluxe Freeview+ HD PVR with outstanding networking

7 expert reviews | 1151 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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TiVo Premiere 4 TCD750500

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

19 expert reviews | 1615 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...

4 expert reviews | 226 user reviews

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Sony BDPS370

It's difficult to not be impressed by the BDP-S370. Even though it is pitched as an entry-level...

5 expert reviews | 363 user reviews

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Humax PVR-9200

Well equipped and easy to use, but now needs a hefty price cut to stay competitive

18 expert reviews | 1451 user reviews

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Channel Master DVR+

Those who need a DVR to record free, over-the-air TV without the bond of a subscription should...

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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LG Electronics bd390

The LG BD390's combination of excellent image quality, superfast loading times, and its currently...

5 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Panasonic DMR-EX77

The DMR-EX77 seems to be having a hard time deciding what kind of device it wants to be. Although...

8 expert reviews | 506 user reviews

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LG Electronics BD370

LG's entry-level Blu-ray player packs Netflix and YouTube at a reasonable price, but the BD370's...

11 expert reviews | 435 user reviews

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Dish Network Hopper

Although the Hopper offers some unique features you can't find anywhere else, it leaves big...

8 expert reviews | 51 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.

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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...

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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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