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Old December 12th 06, 12:05 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
John Rumm
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Anyone got a recommendation for a HDD recorder?

I would like:

160 GB or better
Integrated digital tuner
Something with ethernet would be nice - for offloading of recordings or
playback of video files held elsewhere on PC.

Integrated DVDR would be nice, but not essential if the box has network
capability.

Is there anything out there that does that?


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Old December 12th 06, 09:12 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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"John Rumm" wrote in message
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Anyone got a recommendation for a HDD recorder?

I would like:

160 GB or better
Integrated digital tuner
Something with ethernet would be nice - for offloading of recordings or
playback of video files held elsewhere on PC.

Integrated DVDR would be nice, but not essential if the box has network
capability.

Is there anything out there that does that?


Check out either the Humax PVR-9200T (~190) or the Topfield TF5800t
(~230). Both are very good machines. Neither has a DVDR. The Humax (which I
have) is very good, and getting better with the software updates they keep
producing. (A major upgrade is due in the new year.) The Topfield really
needs third party software upgrades (TAPS) to make it really useable, and is
considered to be more suited to 'enthusiasts'.

You can see a comparison of the two he
http://www.pvrjunction.co.uk/compare/

Check that out, and if you have any specific enquiries, ask them here.

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Old December 12th 06, 09:32 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Nigel Whitfield
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Max Demian wrote:

The Topfield really
needs third party software upgrades (TAPS) to make it really useable, and is
considered to be more suited to 'enthusiasts'.


While the Topfield's built in interface isn't the best, it's by no
means the worst either, and many people (possibly the majority) do use
it without TAPs; it's a capable box as it comes, and TAPs add the
option to customise.

If the USB connectivity is important, that seems to be a little more
reliable than with the Humax, and there are ways to bridge it on to a
network.

Nigel.

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Old December 12th 06, 09:39 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Mark Carver
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Max Demian wrote:

Check out either the Humax PVR-9200T (~190) or the Topfield TF5800t
(~230). Both are very good machines. Neither has a DVDR. The Humax (which I
have) is very good, and getting better with the software updates they keep
producing. (A major upgrade is due in the new year.) The Topfield really
needs third party software upgrades (TAPS) to make it really useable, and is
considered to be more suited to 'enthusiasts'.

You can see a comparison of the two he
http://www.pvrjunction.co.uk/compare/

Check that out, and if you have any specific enquiries, ask them here.


I've got a Toppy, and I concur with those comments. I'm very happy with
my Toppy, but it's still not quite user friendly enough without TAPs
for 'normal' folk.

I assume John was referring to a DTT receiver ? For D-Sat there's the
Linux based Dreambox. Of course C4 and C5 are currently an impossibly
for it, but it's a toy for the real enthusiast.

http://www.net42.co.uk/dreambox.shtml

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Old December 12th 06, 10:35 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Andrew
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On Tue, 12 Dec 2006 10:12:33 -0000, "Max Demian"
wrote:

Check out either the Humax PVR-9200T (~190) or the Topfield TF5800t
(~230). Both are very good machines. Neither has a DVDR. The Humax (which I
have) is very good, and getting better with the software updates they keep
producing. (A major upgrade is due in the new year.) The Topfield really
needs third party software upgrades (TAPS) to make it really useable, and is
considered to be more suited to 'enthusiasts'.


TAPs make the Toppy a lot more useable than the Hummy with features
like series links.
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Old December 12th 06, 11:44 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Stephen Henson
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In article . com,
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I assume John was referring to a DTT receiver ? For D-Sat there's the
Linux based Dreambox. Of course C4 and C5 are currently an impossibly
for it, but it's a toy for the real enthusiast.

http://www.net42.co.uk/dreambox.shtml



I think C4 and C5 are possible with a dreambox using a soft cam. It
apparently handles updates meaning you don't have to insert the card
into a real Sky box from time to time.

Can't confirm that myself and its use could be regarded as "dodgy".

Steve.
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Old December 12th 06, 01:16 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Paul Schofield
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"Andrew" wrote in message
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On Tue, 12 Dec 2006 10:12:33 -0000, "Max Demian"
wrote:

Check out either the Humax PVR-9200T (~190) or the Topfield TF5800t
(~230). Both are very good machines. Neither has a DVDR. The Humax

(which I
have) is very good, and getting better with the software updates they

keep
producing. (A major upgrade is due in the new year.) The Topfield really
needs third party software upgrades (TAPS) to make it really useable, and

is
considered to be more suited to 'enthusiasts'.


TAPs make the Toppy a lot more useable than the Hummy with features
like series links.


Whilst this may be true, the series link feature is not a good reason to
choose one over the other. The Freeview Playback standard is to launch soon
and that embeds series info in the EPG.

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Old December 12th 06, 01:29 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Mark Carver
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Paul Schofield wrote:

TAPs make the Toppy a lot more useable than the Hummy with features
like series links.


Whilst this may be true, the series link feature is not a good reason to
choose one over the other. The Freeview Playback standard is to launch soon
and that embeds series info in the EPG.


I'm told the Beeb are running on-air tests with the series link data
for about a week now.

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Old December 12th 06, 01:42 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Andrew
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On Tue, 12 Dec 2006 14:16:01 -0000, "Paul Schofield"
paul_AT_sonifex_DOT_co_DOT_uk wrote:

TAPs make the Toppy a lot more useable than the Hummy with features
like series links.


Whilst this may be true, the series link feature is not a good reason to
choose one over the other.


It is easily good reason enough for me, let alone all the other
advantages the machine has.

The Freeview Playback standard is to launch soon
and that embeds series info in the EPG.


When it is launched and when the Hummy supports it, feel free to shout
about it. Right now and for the forseable future, it doesn't.
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Old December 12th 06, 01:59 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Paul Schofield
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"Andrew" wrote in message
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On Tue, 12 Dec 2006 14:16:01 -0000, "Paul Schofield"
paul_AT_sonifex_DOT_co_DOT_uk wrote:

TAPs make the Toppy a lot more useable than the Hummy with features
like series links.


Whilst this may be true, the series link feature is not a good reason to
choose one over the other.


It is easily good reason enough for me, let alone all the other
advantages the machine has.

The Freeview Playback standard is to launch soon
and that embeds series info in the EPG.


When it is launched and when the Hummy supports it, feel free to shout
about it. Right now and for the forseable future, it doesn't.


The foreseeable future is exactly when it's due to start and if I was given
advice to buy a more expensive machine and then found out that the killer
feature was available on the cheaper option a few weeks later I'd be pretty
hacked off. Especially as it'd be unlikely that by then I'd managed to get
to grips with all the TAPs that are necessary to make the Toppy a proper
machine to begin with.

YMMV and Andrew's obviously does

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