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PVRs and set-top boxes advice guides

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Freeview or Freesat? Sky TV or Virgin Media? We’ve got expert advice on buying and owning the best PVR or set-top box, including popular brands, features, and types, along with reliability scores to help find the right TV box for you.

How to buy the best PVR or set-top box

You’ll need to buy a set-top box or PVR that suits the platform you use. Some models are designed for pay-TV services from Sky TV, Virgin Media, BT TV or TalkTalk, others work with free-to-air services from Freesat or Freeview.

Top five best PVRs for 2021

We’ve rounded up the very best PVRs from our testing, so you can pick a model that combines great picture quality with handy features.

Which PVR and set-top box brand to buy in 2021

Unique Which? reliability data can help you choose a PVR or set-top box brand that lasts. We survey owners of BT, Humax, Manhattan, Panasonic, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media  PVRs and set-top boxes to find out which develop the fewest faults over time.

Sky Q vs Virgin Media V6

It's the battle for the best in 4K TV, with both Sky and Virgin Media delivering their latest 4K set top boxes. Read on to see who comes out on top

Best cheap PVRs for under £200

We've taken a look at the best PVRs we've tested to find you models that will deliver great picture and sound without breaking the bank.

Top three best set-top boxes for 2021

The best set-top boxes give you trouble-free access to all your favourite channels and don't compromise image quality. We've picked the top three to help narrow your search.

Best Humax PVRs

Humax is one of the biggest and best-loved names in the PVR market. But which Humax PVRs are worth buying?

The best way to record TV

Discover the differences between PVRs, DVD recorders and smart TV PVRs to help you choose the best digital TV recorder for you.

PVR and set-top box Jargon buster

A set-top box or PVR can revolutionise the way you watch TV. We bust the jargon that could affect your buying decision.

How we test PVRs and set-top boxes

Which? puts PVRs and set-top boxes through their paces. We rigorously assess the latest models so you can find the best one for you.

Freesat vs Freeview: which should you choose?

If you want to watch TV without being tied into a subscription, then a free-to-air service like Freeview or Freesat could be right for you.