PVRs: Compare features & prices
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|Goodmans GD11FVRSD50 Remove||Panasonic DMR-HW100EBK Remove||Add another||Add another|
|Price||£84.99 Best price found from 4 retailers||£169.00 Best price found from 2 retailers|
|Launch date||Sep 2011||Aug 2011|
|Test Date||13 December 2011||13 December 2011|
|Hard drive capacity (GB)||500||320|
|Max recording in SD (hours)||250||154|
|Number of tuners||2||2|
|Number of USB ports||0||2|
|Record one channel/watch another||Yes||Yes|
|Record two channels/playback a third||Yes||Yes|
|Record two channels/watch a third live||No||No|
|Full Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)||Yes||Yes|
|Pause live TV||Yes||Yes|
|Pause and rewind||No||Yes|
|Archive to VCR/DVD recorder||Yes||Yes|
|Power use when 'on' (watts)||6.5||9.7|
|Power use in standby (watts)||1.99||0.13|
|Ease of use|
|Recording, playback and editing|
The type of digital TV service the PVR delivers
Whether there is a monthly subscription to a TV service or not
Whether you can access channels in high definition or not
Hard drive capacity (GB)
How big the hard drive is, larger hard drives can generally store more recordings.
Max recording in SD (hours)
The claimed maximum storage capacity of the PVR
Number of USB ports
USB ports can be used to playback media from a memory stick and plug in wi-fi adaptors
Whether the PVR can wirelessly connect to your home internet network or not, with or without a wi-fi dongle
Whether the PVR can connect via a ethernet cable to your home internet network or not
Record one channel/watch another
This will allow you to record one channel while watching another
Record two channels/playback a third
Means you can record two programmes while playing back a third.
Record two channels/watch a third live
The most versatile PVRs allow you to record two programmes and watch a third live channel. The live channel has to be broadcast in the same group of channels (called a multiplex) as one of the recorded programmes.
Full Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
An EPG displays on-screen listings for the next week for all available TV channels.
Pause live TV
This feature allows you to pause live TV.
Pause and rewind
Means you can rewind live TV at any time - before even selecting pause.
Archive to VCR/DVD recorder
This allows you to copy recoded programs to another format.
Edit features usually let you crop programmes and cut out adverts.
Many of the latest Freeview playback PVRs continually update the information in their EPGs - so any schedule changes will be picked up when you record.
Record an entire series of programmes with the touch of a button.
If programmes to be recorded clash, the PVR will try to find an alternative time that one of the programmes is being transmitted and offer to record that broadcast instead
PVR will offer to record programmes of a similar genre that it thinks you'll like when you are programming a recording using the EPG
You can book a programme to record by pressing a button while the trailer is being shown rather than only via the EPG
Versatility and features of each box
Energy efficiency of the PVR
Ease of use
This score includes ratings for ease of recording, playing back and using the EPG.
How easy it is to find the programme you want to watch
Recording, playback and editing
How good the recording features are
How good the internet TV feature is