The Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR makes it easier than ever to watch free live and recorded over-the-air TV without monthly fees.
The Nuvyyo Tablo Quad offers excellent performance for power users, but there are cheaper, easier-to-use options for budding cord-cutters.
The TiVo HD XL charges a hefty premium for its spacious recording capacity and THX certification, but most users will be content sticking to the all-but-identical standard TiVo HD DVR.
The Series3 delivers dual-tuner HD recording and some worthwhile networking features to cable customers, but the exorbitant price tag will be too much for all but the most devoted TiVo fans.
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
Pioneer's DVR-540HX features an impressive specification with user-friendly functionality and fine recording performance -- but an ordinary design and average DVD playback mean there are some better alternatives
Denon's DVD-1730 offers an affordable way of improving film performance from your new digital flat screen -- and picture quality is the best we've seen at this price
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.
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
Pioneer's DVR-545HX offers all the recording and playback features you're likely to use. But, in this competitive market, there are similarly priced rivals that do the same thing but better
A pricey high-end PVR with plenty going for it, despite the limited EPG and lack of USB/Firewire connections.
The Sony PlayTV is a good "freebie" for buyers of the new 250GB PS3 and it can be useful if you don't already have a PVR, but it's fairly limited in performance and scope.
The Pioneer DVR-LX60D DVD recorder boasts a 250GB hard drive, 1080p upscaling, PictBridge printing, and looks spanky in its glossy back coat.
The Samsung HR755 should only be of interest to those in analog TV reception areas. Everyone else can (and should) do better.
The LG LST-4100P is a solid high definition set top box which comes recommended for anyone with a DVI-compatible TV.
DViCO's TViX HD PVR promises a lot of functional ability, but it's not a product for those afraid to tinker.
The M-6600N is a feature-rich PVR let down badly by stability issues.
Samsung's DVD-HR735 offers HDMI connectivity, but beyond that it's a largely unexciting DVD recorder.