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FetchTV

The FetchTV is a harbinger of good things to come; it easily integrates free-to-air and IPTV channels and presents them in a fuss-free way. We wish there was more channel variety, though.

Olin OPVR-1000

The Olin OPVR-1000 is a bare-bones recorder which does a decent job, but is overshadowed by its competitors for features and ease of use.

LG HR559D

If viewed as a Blu-ray player, the LG HR559D does a great job, though as a PVR it's simply too inflexible and too expensive.

Moxi HD DVR three-tuner

If you can get past the high price of entry, the Moxi HD DVR's bevy of network and Internet-enhanced features--and its capability of recording three programs at once--make it a potentially worthwhile TiVo competitor.

Goodmans GDB300HD

The Goodmans GDB300HD is a good Freeview HD box that does the job for a pretty small sum of money. At around £70, we think it represents a great deal.

Panasonic DMR-XW380

The Panasonic DMR-XW380 is a sleek PVR, and one that we think everyone will enjoy using. The problem is the hard drive is too small, it's too expensive and you can't save HD recordings to DVD.

TVonics DTR-HD500

The TVonics DTR-HD500 is a great little Freeview PVR with a decent amount of features and, most crucially, impressive picture quality.

Sky 3D

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.

Editors' Choice

Sky+HD 1TB

The Sky+HD 1TB satellite box is a peach of a PVR. A huge hard drive means you no longer have to ration your recordings and the interface is slick and easy to use. With 3D compatibility and Sky's Anytime+ video-on-demand service just around the corner, it's a must-have upgrade for any self-respecting hi-def obsessive.

IP Vision FetchTV SmartBox 8000

The IP Vision FetchTV SmartBox 8000 is a good idea, but it has two massive problems in the credit card registration process and Freeview picture quality. While it has some impressive features, we simply can't recommend you spend your money on this Freeview PVR.

TechniSat HDFV

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.

Humax HDR-FOX T2

The Humax HDR-FOX T2 is a very good Freeview HD PVR that we have no problem recommending. The only issues we have are with its low storage capacity and high price. It's a capable machine, though, that works very well indeed.

Panasonic DMR-XW480

Once again, Panasonic's served up a feature-rich PVR/DVD-recorder and saddled it with an unfriendly remote control and befuddling menu structure. DLNA streaming and plenty of storage space make this a sensible buy, but only for those with plenty of patience.

Editors' Choice

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

Editors' Choice

Sky+HD

If you love TV, then it's quite likely that getting a Sky+HD box will be the best decision of your life. Sports fans will find more than they could ever watch while holding down a job, and movie lovers are pretty well catered for too. The hardware is also easy to use and rarely breaks down. There are dozens of useful extra services too, like remote-recording capability. Even if you just take into account the core TV channels, though, Sky is the market leader, offering a very compelling service

Kogan HD Digital Set-Top Box with PVR

Kogan's cheap Freeview-compatible set-top box bucks the trend of crippled Freeview PVRs, but it's not an easy product to get along with.

Sony RDR-HDC300

Sony's latest PVR is functional, but the lack of a dual-tuner really hurts.

Virgin Media V+ HD

Virgin Media's TV service and V+ HD box offer plenty of entertainment potential if you get the top-end viewing package. The video-on-demand functionality is super, as are the catch-up TV services from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The only problem is the lack of HD channels, with crucial fare like Sky Sports HD and Movies HD being unavailable. Nevertheless, Virgin's service is well worth considering

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