TVonics DTR-Z500HD Freeview HD Recorder

August 10, 2013 - Comment

Record Freeview HD TV and gain access to the BBC iPlayer, subscription free, with the TVonics DTR-Z500HD.With a built-in hard drive, the TVonics DTRZ500HD gives you the ability to record your favourite TV programmes without the need for any blank media. The drive gives enough capacity for around 100 hours of HD recording, or over

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Record Freeview HD TV and gain access to the BBC iPlayer, subscription free, with the TVonics DTR-Z500HD.With a built-in hard drive, the TVonics DTRZ500HD gives you the ability to record your favourite TV programmes without the need for any blank media. The drive gives enough capacity for around 100 hours of HD recording, or over 200 in SD; or up to 500 programmes.Freeview HD TV offers a huge improvement over standard TV, giving you more intense detail and realism. Up to five HD channels are currently available and they’re all free, meaning that no subscription is required. With twin Freeview tuners built-in you can watch one channel whilst recording another. Or, as an alternative, record two different channels at the same time. Freeview HD + also means that you can pause and rewind live TV – just like you can with subscription TV boxes.Another highlight with this Personal Video Recorder is the ability to receive the BBC iPlayer. Simply connect an optional wi-fi dongle to the unit and you’ll be able to connect to your home network. This not only gives you access to the iPlayer but also any automatic internet upgrades.You can choose to link up the DTR-Z500HD to your TV by either SCART or HDMI. Additionally, there are also two HDMI inputs, allowing you to use the PVR as a junction box for your other sources too. An optical digital output lets you improve upon your TV’s sound quality by plugging into a home cinema or soundbar system. Finally, twin USB ports allow you to plug in a media player and optional wi-fi dongle.Despite packing so much in, the DTR-Z500HD is very neat and compact. Its small size makes it easy to place and ideal for TVs that you may have in other rooms around the house. The black gloss aluminium casing features rounded edges for a smooth, unobtrusive style.For a fully functioned digital TV recorder with Freeview HD + and the bonus of the iPlayer, the TVonics DTR-500HD is a top value choice.

Product Features

  • Freeview
  • Freeview HD
  • Freeview +
  • HDMI

Comments

Techtest says:

Top Marks for Excellent British Made HD DTR! After reading reviews extensively on the internet and from customers here on Amazon, I decided to buy this TVonics DTR-Z500HD. This was a very good decision. It is so easy to use it puts all the competitors’ machines that I have tried to shame (especially seeing as this company is competing with the development budgets multibillion dollar Korean, Japanese & American conglomerates).The 500GB hard drive is ample for HD recordings and even more ample for Standard Def, the TV guide, menus and overall layout of the GUI are extremely user friendly. If you can use a microwave oven you can use this, if you can use a regular digital box, with this you will be an expert.The company provides updates on a regular basis, adding new features, the last one I downloaded added a text to speech option for the menus (it reads out menus for partially sighted people, and is good to switch on for a laugh), the one before that allowed me to play downloaded Youtube and Dailymotion videos…

Mr. A. Whiteside "tonyjackie3" says:

A good piece of kit but not without problems I have had this Freeview + HD recorder for a couple of weeks now and by and large been very impressed with it. It was pretty easy to set up, the recording process was easy even for a novice like myself and the HD channels are great. I couldn’t really fault this unit at all but then……I have tried programming the remote in order to use it with my Panasonic TV and have had no success at all. There are codes listed in the manual but I couldn’t get any to work so that was a bit disappointing. Also, and perhaps more of a worry, the unit wouldn’t work correctly when I last used it. By that I mean that it wouldn’t switch channels, it wouldn’t play any recorded programmes and the sound was jumping all over the place. After trying various things to get it working again, I switched the unit off at the mains and powered it up again and everything worked OK. So maybe that is just a blip but seeing as we have only had the unit for a short while it is a bit of a concern…

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