Humax PVR-9150T

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It doesn't have a Freeview HD tuner, but design wise, the PVR-9150T is pretty tidy and can be easily housed without rearranging the furniture. This is very much a standard-def box with a retro attitude. Instead of HD connections, you get a couple of Scarts, one a TV output and the other a loopthrough for a set-top box or similar gizmo. There's also an RS232 port designated for firmware updates (which we can pretty much guarantee will never be used). It's driven by a large, unsubtle remote control, which at first glance looks like a dog toy. You can schedule each from the programme guide in the time-honoured fashion, padding either the start and stop times to ensure you don't miss a beat. There's also an option to record single shows or entire series. The hard drive is a relatively modest 160GB, equating to around 100 hours of standard-def TV. Go easy on the season linking because this PVR will fill up fast.
Unusually, the PVR-9150T sports an ad-skip button that jumps forward in your recordings at the touch of a button. The leap is adjustable between 15, 30, 60 or 120 seconds. There's also a bookmarking feature, enabling you to rejoin a recording you failed to finish in a previous sitting. You can also PiP a second source, to keep an eye on a channel you're waiting to view.

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