New PVR tops Which? testsLatest tests include three new Best Buy PVRs

07 May 2014

Virgin TiVo box

We've put eight more PVRs through the new and improved Which? test, including free-TV and pay-TV models.

The new PVR test means we can give you extra ratings for internet TV, electronic programme guide (EPG) navigation and recording, playback and editing, on top of the standard ease of use, features and energy use ratings. 

This gives you more insight into the pitfalls of some PVRs, as well as highlighting where others excel.

Free-TV vs pay-TV

The type of PVR you opt for will largely depend of what TV channels you want to watch, and how much you are willing to pay. You can access a wide variety of shows on the free channels - including some in high-definition - with a free-TV box that uses the Freesat or Freeview TV service. You only need to pay a one-off fee for these PVRs as there are no subscription costs.

If you're looking for a bigger selection of channels and can't wait to watch all the latest releases, you may prefer a pay-TV box. They often come free of charge, with a pay-TV contract from the likes of BT TV, Sky, TalkTalk or Virgin Media, however there will be a monthly subscription fee.

Find out if free-TV or pay-TV is right for you with our comprehensive guide.

New PVRs on test

All the latest models we've tested are listed below - click on each link to read the full review and find out which is our new top-scoring model. You can also see how they compare with over 40 other models in our PVR reviews section.

  • BT YouView+ box
  • Bush Smart Digital TV Recorder
  • Huawei YouView+ box
  • Humax HDR-1010S
  • Humax HDR-2000T
  • Humax HB-1000S
  • TalkTalk YouView+ box
  • Virgin Media TiVo box

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  • Find out how to buy the best PVR
  • Take a look at how we test PVRs
  • Explore all the latest PVR features