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We had this set top box, the Humax PVR 8000 a while ago and only got rid of it when it one day decided not to work anymore for reasons known only to it. We got a good few years use out of it first though, so it wasn't too much of a problem.
It is very much an entry level PVR for people who don't have subcription servies to things like Sky, Virgin Media or BT Vision and so isn't suitable for people who like all singing all dancing packages. It is suitable for people who just watch the regular free to view channels and would like the added bonus of being able to pause live television and record either individual programmes or whole series. It is a cheap and simple alternative to the subscription services I was talking about.
The box is very easy to use and the guide has a full seven day listing which makes it easy to see what is on and to go through and choose what you want to record. The guide is sometimes a little slow in displaying all the information, but it does get there eventually. The remote control makes things very simple too as there isn't an array of random buttons to confuse you and it is easy to use. My seventy year old mother in law had one and managed to record things (mainly Dad's Army and Keeping Up Appearances!) without too many lessons!
The box isn't widely available now in stores because, as is the case with technology, they are always replacing stuff. But you can get it on ebay for around the £25 mark, which is pretty good value for money.
Don't pay a lot for it, but like I said, it is a good, cheap and simple alternative to spending a lot of money on TV packages.