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Want to record your favourite TV series at the touch of a button? Use Which? reviews to find out which PVRs and HD PVRs are best, and how we rate top brands such as Panasonic and Humax for reliability. Compare PVR features and prices to find the best deal on the model you want.
You'll find PVRs in the shops priced from £90 to £900, but before you hand over your cash, watch our video guide to find out what you should be looking for and how Which? PVR reviews can help ensure you don't buy the wrong model.
If you've made the switch to digital or high-definition TV, a PVR or HD PVR will make recording your favourite TV programmes a lot easier. Get the lowdown on PVRs from Which? experts in our video guide.
Personal video recorders (PVRs) are like digital TV set-top boxes, except they let you record what you're watching. They use an internal hard drive to store programmes, so there's no messing around with tapes or discs.
The type of PVR you need will depend on whether you want to watch Freeview or Freesat, or subscription services such as Sky and Virgin.
Free-to-view high-definition TV programmes are now available via Freeview and Freesat though you'll need an HD-ready TV to view them and a Freeview/Freesat HD PVR to record programmes.
The best PVRs have well-designed electronic programme guides that make it easy to select the programmes you want to watch and record.
There are other important issues to consider, including the size of the hard drive, whether you want to be able to record one programme while watching another, and how noisy the PVR's fan is.
If you don't know your EPG from your PVR, or your Scart from your VGA, you're not alone. That's why we've put together a TV jargon buster that explains key digital TV terms in plain English. Don't head to the shops without taking a look.
And if you need help setting up your PVR once you get it home, our interactive TV connection wizard can show you how it's done.
Which? assesses how well PVRs handle wayward TV schedules, so you can be sure the Which? Best Buy PVRs are easy to use.
Have you ever used a PVR only to find that the beginning or the end of the show was cut off? When Which? tests PVRs, we check whether they automatically add some ‘buffer’ time on either side of a programme – and whether it's adjusted properly when you record a consecutive show on a different channel.