Freesat+ HD with free time
The Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ HD box with free time impresses with its easy-to-use interface and strong recording features. The backwards-in-time EPG works well but the on-demand services are not as tightly integrated as on YouView. It needs more service providers to come on board and I'd like to see the EPG populate faster and playback of on-demand programmes to start up quicker.
Typical price: £280.00
The Humax PVR-9150T is a no-frills, standard-definition Freeview recorder for those still enslaved by Scart. It's dull, but it's quiet and it does what it says on the tin.
Typical price: £120.00
Bin your preconceptions -- Sky 3D really does usher in a whole new way of enjoying TV. Consumed in small doses, Sky's 3D channel is fun, fresh and frighteningly addictive.
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The TechniSat HDFV is a decent piece of kit with superb picture quality and the advantage of being able to record to USB. We'd like to see its Wi-Fi abilities improved somewhat to allow more exciting features.
Typical price: £150.00
Virgin Media V HD
The Virgin Media V HD box would make a super second, or even a main, receiver for people who appreciate that the PVR is on its way out, in these days of IPTV
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Digital Vision GiGo
The Digital Vision GiGo has some great things going for it, although it's not without its downsides. Fortunately, the positives far outweigh the negatives. If you want to record Freeview to a USB memory stick, this machine is very convenient and does the job perfectly. If you don't know what a USB memory stick is, we'd advise you to get a more traditional personal video recorder
Typical price: £70.00
Sagem DTR 64160T
At around £100, the Sagem DTR 64160T is a very capable Freeview recorder. We aren't crazy about the design, and Sagem should be severely punished for the awful front-panel display, but, otherwise, it's a capable machine that will suit people looking for a quick and easy solution for recording Freeview
Typical price: £100.00
Grundig freesat receiver ( GUFSAT01)
If you're stuck on analogue, the Grundig freesat receiver is a good way to go digital, especially if you already have a satellite dish on your wall
Typical price: £50.00
A good player, which offers great performance for a pretty good price, although the HD-EP35 isn't leaps and bounds better than the HD-EP30
Typical price: £270.00
A great system for people looking to get started in the exciting world of home cinema, but who don't have an excess of space and thousands of pounds to spend
Typical price: £250.00