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I bought this online about a year ago for I think £100 brand new. I looked at all the other models and decided I did not need HD to record with this time, and I am glad I went with this one for many reasons including picture quality.
This one has a 250 gb hard drive and a twin tuner. The hard drive is plenty big enough for me, I have about 8 films and 20 other programmes on there that I watch from time to time, and it is about one third full. There is a bar along the screen when you go into your recordings list, which shows how full the hard drive is, which is very helpful. The menu screen has a very classy feel about it and looks luxury more than cheap like my Technika HD freeview menu.
You can also record the series, in GUIDE push OK button on remote and you have options of
select channel ( watch)
It is a bit annoying when the tv guide is up that when you select the channel ( either by number or arrows on remote) you then have to push OK as well. If the guide is not on you can go directly to the channel.
you can check out your timers you have set by selecting MENU, or timers button and delete some ones you may have forgotten about. I use this every day and record 2 or 3 things late at night, 2 can overlap as it is a twin tuner, if you try to record a third or watch a third channel, a message comes up and you have to cancel that and go to timers and delete something.
I record radio shows early in the morning and the skip to the good bits and also set chapters for the songs and other parts. The chapters are very useful and easy to use. When you have a recording playing back you simply pause it where you want a chapter, then push menu and OK ! I put them in after adverts as then I can go straight to the start of each part next time I watch.
Another useful feature that I use a lot is the skip forward 2 minutes and fast forward, you just push the left or right arrow during playback to FF or RW 2 minutes very good for boring bits or adds.
It has a resume where you left watching button for playback, but that stopped working about 3 months ago.
You can alter the channel list to suit,( remove some ) I have left mine. The recordings always playback and the quality is almost as good as live tv. Sometimes when I record a programme it then records the repeats all week, which is slightly annoying filling up the hard drive with duplicates, but not a big problem.
My partner and I have never watched a huge amount of television, so we knew that we didn't want to pay a monthly subscription for extra channel or benefits, but we found that we were constantly missing the programmes we did want to watch. After looking into our options I decided to invest in a Freeview+ box for us. After shopping around and looking for one which we could buy on a budget I settled to this Hitachi model.
We purchased our box from eBay for around £50. I felt that this was a very reasonable price, as it had a 250gb hard drive, and some others with simlar amounts of storage were more than double the price. Our box came in neat packaging; a cardboard box with polystyrene packaging to ensure the box was kept safe. To set the box up you simply needed to plug in the power cord (supplied), and connect it to your TV with the scart cable (also supplied). You can then scan for chanels and get watching! The box also comes wth a remote, and 2 AA batteries to get it working. I appreciate the gesture as nobody likes having to run around looking for batteries when they get something new.
This freeview+ bo allows you to record programmes at the touch of a button. You are able to record 2 programmes at once, or record one programme and watch another. If you decide to record 2 programmes at the same time you will either have to watch one, or watch something that has already been recorded onto the hard drive. This isn't usually a problem for us, but I suppose it could be for those with a big family at prime time.
The box has an 8 day TV guide which allows you to see all programmes on each channel, as well as giving you a small description of each. You have the option to record the programme, or to set a timer to record the whole series of that programme. This can be particularly helpful if you don't want to be constantly setting a programme to record - I use it regularly. Once a programme is recorded it can be found in the 'Library'. here you have the option to watch it, delete it, and just keep it. A small bar along the bottom of the lbrary shows you how much memory each programme uses, and how much you have left.
The box is black, and very slim. It has a small display on the front which can show 4 digits - either the channel number, or the time. It fits very neatly onto a TV stand and is very discreet if you would prefer it to be kept out of the way.
The box is very easy to programme and scan for channels. We had to rescan ours a couple of times during the freeview switch over, and it was extremely easy - you simply go to the option on the menu.
The only problem we have encountered with the box is that it sometimes freezes when it's in standby. It has a setting whch means after 2 horus of being on without any buttons being pressed, or channels changed, it will ask you if you want to keep it on. If you do not repsond in 2 minutes then the box will automatically turn off and go into standby, showing the time on the front of it. This has only happened on a few occassions, but I have come downstairs some mornings to find the clock has frozen during the night, and the box needs to be unplugged and plugged back in again. This has never affected the way it works though, but we have never had a programme set to record at this time so I am unsure whether that would be affected.
All in all, the box is extremely easy to use, and I would very much recommend it. It's quite basic compared to some other freeview+ boxes, but it does it's job, and I think it's been very good value for money.