TVonics launches DTR-HD500 Freeview HD PVRFirst Freeview HD recorder from PVR specialist

10 September 2010

TVonics has launched its first ever Freeview HD recorder - the DTR-HD500. It includes the latest Freeview features - trailer recording and recommendation technology.

TVonics DTR HD500

First Freeview HD recorder from TVonics - the DTR-HD500

High definition recording and new Freeview features

This twin tuner PVR with 500GB hard drive can receive and record high-definition Freeview HD content and features new trailer recording and recommendation technology.

Trailer recording allows consumers to record programmes as soon as the trailer appears, and recommendation technology means the PVR will recommend programmes of a similar genre it thinks you'll like based on the type of content you choose to record.

Connectivity and surround-sound

You can connect two HDMI devices to the TV with one lead, which means fewer untidy cables. Consumers are able to ‘switch’ between their Xbox and Blu-Ray player, for example. Two USB ports let you connect external USB devices including a camera, so you could, for example, play a slideshow of your holiday snaps on the TV screen.

The DTR-HD 500 will be available with Dolby Surround Sound from mid-October. Those that purchase the product prior to that time can register for a free upgrade on 20th October.

Price and availability

The TVonics DTR-HD500 costs £280 and is available from John Lewis, Comet, Sainsbury’s, Tesco direct and others

Technical features

Trailer bookings - record a programme during its trailer
Recommendation - recommends programmes associated with pre-set recordings
A twin tuner to record two channels at the same time as watching a third
Twin input HDMI ports - to plug in supporting HDMI devices
Two USB ports - to plug in supporting USB devices
1080p viewing quality
500GB hard drive
Accurate recording – automatically adjusts the recording time if a programme runs over
Series record - record an entire series in one touch
Parental control features – sort and hide channels and recordings

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Which? will have a first look review giving our initial impressions of this model online soon and full test results will be available at as soon as our lab have conducted their extensive tests.  

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