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Sony RDR-DC100

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      20.01.2013 12:08

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      easy to record and watch dvds quickly

      I have had this DVD player / recorder for a year mow and I love it. It makes it quick and easy to record programs off the tv. As I have freesat on my television it means I don't have to miss my programs when I am not there to watch them and I don't have to pay a monthly fee for a tv box like sky +.
      The DVD player was easy to set up and although I wasn't sure how it all worked straight away I soon got the hang of it. At first I struggled to open the DVD draw but all I had to do was read the instructions as the first thing it said was that it would be locked. After this issue I learnt pretty quickly.
      I can record up to 157gb and can set the DVD player to record on certain times and days each week, e.g. Mon-fri or every Mon. If you don't set up the recorder in advance you can start and stop recording quickly when pressing record button which is great if you want to record something you are watching. After recording a programme you will see it in the title list and can rename, erase, lock so it can't be erased and dub onto a DVD. The A-B erase is particularly helpful if you want to keep something as you can use it to delete any adverts.
      It is quick and easy to switch between HDD and DVD modes. I couldn't live without this DVD player as it helps me to keep up to date with the tv I have missed.

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      08.07.2012 14:01

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      Unworthy of the Sony badge

      I hate having lots of boxes connected to my TV, so anything that combines a DVD/CD recorder/player, Freeview tuner and HDD recorder is bound to grab my interest.
      Unfortunately, this box feels far too glitchy and awkward to use - and that's coming from myself, a self-confessed gadget freak.
      For example, press eject, and you'd reasonably expect the DVD to be released within 5 seconds, right? Not on this machine. Sometimes this is the case - but there appears to be no rhyme or reason to how or when it does this. Also, the remote control is cluttered and poorly thought out.
      If you want to erase programmes from the Hard Drive, it takes forever, and sometimes, the box won't power up at all - requiring a mains reset.
      The Freeview EPG works fine and is easy to use, but otherwise I'm afraid, I found this box so awkward and frustrating that I no longer use it other than as a DVD player (an unreliable one at that), and use the BBC iPlayer via Apple TV/iphone to watch things instead.

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