As I mentioned a little while ago, the Digital Stream Freeview HD recorders are being updated to enable iPlayer, via the Red button on BBC channels. The firmware update has been released today, and you’ll find it available for download from their support site at MIT London. There are two versions, depending on whether or… Read More Installing the iPlayer update on the DigitalStream FreeviewHD recorder
I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while, since the PR people for TVonics kindly send me one of their DTR-HD500 units to play with (I’ve previously looked at the Z500HD for RegHardware.) Both units have essentially the same software and UI; the difference with the HD500 is that it’s in a rather… Read More iPlayer on the TVonics DVRs, IPTV on Freeview
My review of Echostar’s Freesat recorder is over on RegHardware, but I thought I’d add a few more words and some extra screens here. First, the connectivity side of this was very straightforward – I fully expected configuration problems with remote viewing, but there weren’t any. While I can’t promise it’ll work fine for everyone,… Read More Remotely viewing the Echostar Freesat box
A recent survey, reported on Broadband TV news, suggests that it’s smartphones rather than PVRs that pose a threat to ad revenue. For many years, there have been some in the TV industry who are concerned that video recorders and especially PVRs might cause a decline in ad revenue, so this is quite interesting, if… Read More What do you do in the ad breaks?
I’ve just finished reviewing the TVonics DTR-Z500HD Freeview HD recorder for Register Hardware; it should be published in the next week or so. I can’t tell you exactly what I thought before then (after all, they pay me for my opinion), but I thought it’s worth raising some questions that people will have to think… Read More Choosing a FreeviewHD recorder
For those who didn’t spot it, last week the excellent Broadband TV News site carried a report about a ruling from the European Court of Justice which may have implications for the pricing of PVRs – the hard disk recorders that many people are using for satellite and terrestrial services like Freeview, Freesat and Sky.… Read More EU court decision could cut price of PVRs
One of the things that many people appreciate about the Topfield PVRs (and to a lesser extent the Humax 9200) is that they allow you to transfer digital recordings from the hard drive to your PC. That allows you to convert them for portable media players, or to burn DVDs very easily, or you can… Read More Is content transfer essential in a PVR?