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Homecast HT8000 high-definition PVR

Homecast HT8000 high-definition PVR
alaScore 75

22 reviews

Nov, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Homecast HT8000 high-definition PVR. The average rating for this product is 2.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Homecast HT8000 high-definition PVR is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Alex Kidman (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

The Homecast HT8000 PVR brings a budget approach to the twin tuner HD market — and that budget approach has both its good and bad sides.

HDMI support ; 320GB HDD ; Twin HD tuners with no loop cable

Useless Ethernet port ; Quirky EPG and menus ; No 1080p output support

The Homecast HT8000 PVR does have a certain budget appeal, given its twin HD tuners and the rise of more free to air HD content, but the practicalities of using the unit make it a bit of a non-starter. We'd suggest that a single-tuner HD unit, such as...

May, 2008

Expert review by : Stephen Dawson (avhub.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 high-definition PVR

 

The latest twin-tuner HD PVR from Digital Products Group achieves the rare task of excelling with SD images as well as HD.

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

"HDD burnt out after 11 months, timers dont record or dont stop recording"

 

Firmware updates all in place, HDD errors after 11 months. Replaced under warranty now 6 months on another HDD problem despite plenty of ventilation. Timers wont start and if they do they dont stop. Timers wont start if your watching in time shift....

Would be great if it did what it said it does

Just about everything

Apr, 2011

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

For some reason it won't record or even save the things I am currently watching (you know how you can rewind etc). I've read the manual and I can't figure it out. It is set to PVT mode. Im stumped, can anybody help?

Jan, 2011

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

I have a HT8000, and it has been working fine, with the firmware update improving a number of the original bugs.

Dec, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

Had this for 12 months or more now and generally happy with the playback quality, it produces a brilliant HD image on my Grundig LCD and recording and playback functions have worked reliably. File transfers are a little clunky (PVR to PC) this was a...

price, layout, looks

functionality, clunky file interface, lack of third party file support

Aug, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

Bugs, bugs, bugs....

Nothing

Everything

May, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

i had enough and took it back for a refund after store replaced it 3 times

none at all

hard to use, freezes always, loud fan, many more

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

I'll be looking for something better soon.

Good picture. Bigger HD (why are these things so small?)

Mine loses the signal a lot, but only when I'm surfing. HD management is clunky with titles and icons hard to read. Menus are counter-intuitive.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Homecast HT8000 PVR

 

Works great since firmware upgrade via usb stick, need to surf the web to find better instructions and bug fixes

Love the timeshift fuction, plenty of hard disk space, good picture on my CRT TV. Can copy files to computer (Windows Vista)/burn to DVD and watch elsewhere if required

Picture in picture not available on CRT TV only HDMI mode, ethernet port does nothing and no sign of software upgrade to fix it. Icons on recording screen a bit hard to see on my 81cm TV!

Jul, 2008

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