Digital set top boxes with HD recorders


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  • I think the HDD recorders are the best thing ever invented. I will definately buy one to record my favourite programs. I will record Day Dusk (not Day Night as falsely stated on Cricket fixtures)cricket matches from Melbourne mainly.

    Brett Savage
    Date and time
    January 19, 2009, 1:06PM
    • Excellent article! Thanks Risto. Finally someone is writing a simple technical paper for us average folk to understand! Well done

      David McDonald
      Date and time
      January 20, 2009, 8:19AM
      • Thanks for the easy to understand advice Risto...
        Can you recommend any brands or models to look out for?

        Date and time
        January 23, 2009, 8:46AM
        • Hi Lucy,

          As with all technology products, make sure it's easy to use. No amount of bells-n-whistles will make up for a complicated device, which you are then unlikely to actually use. Have the salesperson take you on a tour of its features. Most devices I have seen in this category are pretty easy to use. Maybe print this article when you go shopping to make sure the features I have described are included. Personally speaking I purchased a Palsonic HDD320G a few months ago and it's been a pleasure to use so far. It has an RRP of $599,- but can be found considerably cheaper if you shop around a little. Perhaps the main drawback of this unit is its inability to accept an external hard drive, so this is something to bear in mind if you're a bit of a 'TV junkie'.

          Date and time
          January 23, 2009, 9:57AM
          • Living out of Melb I find digital TV nbg.I have a new antenna system. Any interference results in loss of sound, picture either breaking up into checkerboard or freezing then resuming sometime later - missing the storyline. At least with analogue you can follow the story and sound through the snow. My HD set top box is not as clear sometimes as the analogue reception.

            Raymond Trewartha
            Date and time
            January 23, 2009, 2:18PM
            • Hi Raymond,

              Three possible causes come to mind - 1. Despite having a new antenna its not aligned properly, so better get it checked by a reputable antenna fitter. 2. Your set top box is playing up. Can you try at a friend's house with guaranteed good digital reception to eliminate this possibility? 3. The reception at your location is simply too low. A booster might help and again an antenna fitter should be able to help you out here.

              Date and time
              January 23, 2009, 3:47PM
              • Yes , the antenna was installed by a tech with his magic box. There is a m/h amp also. Will try the other option also.
                Geelong may not be the best location for long distance digital reception.

                Raymond Trewartha
                Date and time
                January 23, 2009, 11:23PM
                • Hi Most the LCD's I've looked at don't come with their own HD. Is the hd in a set top box able to still be used when I bite the bullet and buy the LCD tv? Or do i then need to buy a separate device? cheers, M

                  Mandy B
                  Date and time
                  February 15, 2009, 2:07PM
                  • Hi Mandy,

                    TV sets themselves more or less never come with Hard Disk recorders, but that's no problem.

                    When you buy a sigital set top box, make sure it is HD capable - and by that I mean it's is High Definiton capable. This is what will give you the highest screen resolution and will allow you to tune to High Definition channels.

                    Then make sure it has a HD - and this time I mean a Hard Disk recorder - gun for at least 320GB. More the merrier as you'll be able to record more.

                    The output port at the back of the set top box should have a HDMI interface as this will allow connection to a digital TV when you get one. It should also have whatever your current TV uses. When you do buy a digital TV later down the line then you can simply connect the set top box to your new TV and 'off you go' with all recorded material still there.

                    Risto Sampola
                    Date and time
                    February 16, 2009, 10:06AM
                    • Hello,can i connect a high definition set top box to dvd recorder then to a plasma tv and receive and record high def tv,thanks.

                      Date and time
                      March 13, 2009, 7:20PM

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