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From time to time, life commitments will see you miss an episode or two from your favourite tv series. But thanks to technology, you can record tv programs or films available in free-to- air channels and keep them for years.
In our review of the best freeview recorder, we take an in-depth look at this fantastic home entertainment accessory.
The best freeview recorder is the 500 Gb Television Freeview Recorder By Humax. We gave it a 5/5 star rating.
Imagine that you subscribed to Sky TV for seven years. During which time they increased your subscription by over 70%. This is despite their set-top box proving to be unreliable each year. So you summoned the courage to ditch pay-TV and go Freeview all the way. Your only concern now is how to maximise your free content and enjoy it to the fullest.
The Humax HDR 1100S is a great way to do just that.
This Humax unit can record two programmes simultaneously. There is also a feature to preview programme listings for the week.
The HDR 1100S can also pause and rewind live TV while recording. It comes pre-loaded with relevant apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime. So if you subscribe to those platforms, just plug and play!
Second place goes to the Freeview PVR Set Top Box By Finlux. We gave it a 4.5/5 star rating.
This black and rugged set-top box comes with HD/SD MPEG2/4 technology. It supports 1080p resolution, built to cater for the UK market. This device comes with additional feature of audio description for the visually impaired.
Of course, the Finlux Freeview 1TB Freeview Recorder comes loaded with PVR functionality. You can pause and rewind live TV. With over 12 HD channels to watch Freeview, 7-day catch-up services and 1 TB recording capacity, we can tell you that you are in for a treat with this set-top box.
Third place goes to the Freeview Play 4K Smart Recorder By Manhattan. We gave it a 4.5/5 star rating.
This set-top box is rated number 29 on Amazon's Bestsellers list in the set-top boxes category. With its aesthetically appealing slick black design, this lovely device will surely catch your fancy. And just so you know, it is specially designed in the UK by Manhattan for your ultimate subscription-free experience.
The T3-R has great features such as a strong WiFi, a quad-core CPU for fast performance and support for Ultra HD and HDR, as long as your TV can handle it.
Fourth place goes to the 500GB Twin HD Freeview Box By Bt (Youview). We gave it a 4.5/5 star rating.
Rated number 35 on Amazon's bestsellers list in the set-top-boxes category. This very quiet box gives you the chance to store countless films and TV episodes. You can also download the app for Android and IOS and see the line-up of shows that will be airing soon.
This recorder towers above all others as a pioneer in Ultra HD TV technology. It comes with the BT SPORTS Ultra HD channel which you can only enjoy if you are a BT subscriber and your TV is compatible with Ultra HD.
You can pause, rewind and record up to 600 hours of Standard Definition TV. Also, you can record as much as 250 hours High Definition TV content and 60 hours of Ultra High Definition content.
The device has a slick and easy-to-use menu system.
The EPG grants access to an on-demand library.
Fifth place goes to the Freeview Play HD TV Recorder By Amazon Renewed. We gave it a 4.5/5 star rating.
This box enables you to watch over 60 TV channels for free. Also, there is a simple 8-day forward-7-day-backwards electronic program guide (EPG). This lets you check to see if you have missed a programme days after it may have been on. It also offers you the option to series-record. This way, you never miss an episode, to begin with.
The FVP- 4000T possesses triple digital TV tuners with which you can record 4 programmes simultaneously.
With the built-in WiFi, you can easily connect the recorder to your home network. This way, you enjoy catch up services such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Player.
These renewed products work and look like new. They have been duly tested and checked, and they all come with the 1-year Renewed Guarantee.
Sixth place goes to the Youview+ Set Top Box By Bt. We gave it a 4/5 star rating.
This recorder allows you to watch the TV you want, when you want. In brilliant HD.
This box has a unique programme that allows you to scroll as far back as 7 days and watch the TV you missed. You can also to scroll forward so you know what to look ahead to.
With space for 300 hours' worth of TV, you can record all the TV you want, anyhow you want.
Your recordings can be sorted by date or title. Should you forget to fix record for your favourite show, the YouView Smartphone app allows you programme your box to record remotely with your iPhone.
Seventh place goes to the 500 GB Freeview HD Recorder By Manhattan. We gave it a 4/5 star rating.
Rated number 17 in Amazon's Best Sellers' ranking of set-top boxes, the T2-R box is compact, near-silent and fits into any room. It is specially designed in the UK by Manhattan for a memorable Freeview HD experience.
Unlike several other alternatives, this box comes with a large, well designed remote control. This has all the constantly used buttons well-spaced at the top. In line with your expectations, the box allows you to record the entire series for playback whenever you choose.
If you need to record more programmes, the T2-R will suggest alternative broadcasts to make it happen for you.
Eighth place goes to the Smart 500 GB HDD Recorder By Panasonic. We gave it a 4/5 star rating.
Perhaps you never imagined there could ever be a set-top box that would do some of the things your smartphone does? Well, welcome to the Panasonic DMR HWT 150EB.
Just like the HWT250EB, this Freeview recorder doubles your recording capacity with its Long Record feature. You get to record up to 341 hours in HD mode and 129 hours in normal mode. It works seamlessly with an HD 3D Camcorder and is compatible with all Android devices.
On the function menu, there's quite an array of services like Catch Up TV, iPlayer, All 4, Netflix, Youtube and more.
Ninth place goes to the 500GB HD Digital TV Recorder By Amazon Renewed. We gave it a 4/5 star rating.
Rated number 24 in Amazon's bestsellers' list of set-top boxes, the Humax HDR-2000T is a digital television recorder loaded with recording, multimedia, home-networking, and on-demand services for the ultimate subscription-free TV experience.
Hook the device up to an HD-compatible TV and brace yourself to enjoy 10 HD channels plus up to 50 Freeview standard definition TV channels and 24 radio channels.
The Humax HDR-2000T allows you to record up to 300 hours of Standard Definition (SD) TV content while providing access to over 70 channels, ten of which are HD channels. You also have the option of recording two programmes simultaneously while watching one. And, surely, you can record, pause and rewind live TV all you want.
Tenth place goes to the Smart 1 TB HDD Recorder By Panasonic. We gave it a 4/5 star rating.
Sleek and beautiful design with in-built Freeview Play. And the user has a choice to access catch up for all stations and seamless network connectivity. What's not to like in the Panasonic DMR HWT250EB?
The Long Record feature on this device doubles your recording capacity. You can record up to 684 hours in HD and 259 hours in normal mode.
Catch Up TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and All 4 are available, and the series link function ensures you never miss a thing.
In addition, the programme guide shows you content from 8 days ahead and seven days behind.