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?
I recently published a well-deserved critique of Topfield, makers of the TF5800 PVR. But it’s worth recalling some of the things that their boxes do really cleverly – or can be made to do – that make them still the PVR of choice for many people. Last night, I was catching up on some recordings… Read More It’s the little touches that make a PVR
Long time readers of this blog will know that I also run the Toppy.org.uk site, which is a pretty useful resource for owners of the Topfield Freeview recorders, principally the TF5800 but also the TF5810. There was a time, a few years ago, when the accepted wisdom was pretty much that, if you wanted a… Read More How Topfield lost the plot
Over the last few months, I’ve been playing with various Freeview HD recorders; I wrote a piece a little while ago about the work involved in thoroughly testing them, but I thought I’d say something about what I want a PVR to do for me, and how I want it to work. Some of this… Read More What do I want from a PVR?
PVRs – Personal Video Recorders – are one of the technologies that can dramatically change the way that you watch TV. Also known as ‘Digital TV Recorders’ or DTRs, they’re essentially a dedicated computer with a couple of TV tuners and a hard drive. You can select what you want to watch from the electronic… Read More What’s so great about a PVR?
At the moment, I’m working on a roundup of Freeview HD PVRs; while I do that, I thought I’d share some information about Topfield PVRs. The TF5800 was one of the first twin tuner Freeview recorders in the UK, and when it launched in 2005, I had one of the first models. The amount of… Read More Testing PVR firmware
Finally my pre-production sample of the Icecrypt T2200 has arrived, so I’ve taken a few photographs to show. The front panel is the same as in the pictures available elsewhere, with a few tweaks to the logos. The rear panel has changed substantially from the prototype unit that I was using – now the only… Read More Icecrypt T2200 FreeviewHD photo gallery