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8 Best Freeview Recorders in 2020

Published 07:17pm

This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter

Published 07:17pm

This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter

ProductKey FeaturesPrice
August DVB415 RecorderPause and rewind live TV, 1080p, HDMI and Scart Cable, Recording to USB£
Manhattan T3 Freeview Smart BoxYouTube, quad-core CPU, Built-in Wi-Fi, HDR Support££
Manhattan T2-R Freeview Recorder500 GB storage, 70 channels on TV, More than 25 stations on the radio, low noise££
Sky DRX890WL500 GB storage, Built-in Wi-Fi, 1920 x 1080 resolution (Full HD), Sky Service Mobile App££
Humax FVP-4000T Freeview TV Recorder4 channels at a time, 60+ channels, Pause and rewind live TV, 1-year guarantee££
BT Youview+ Box FreeviewVery low noise, 500 GB storage, Ethernet cable for connectivity, Standard 480p definition££
Panasonic DMR-HWT130EB9 Recorder500 GB storage, Viera connect, 2 USB ports, SD card slot, Diga Player App£££
Humax FVP-5000T Freeview Play RecorderUPnP compatibility, Built-in Wi-Fi, 3 programmes at one time, 100+ Channels£££

Best Freeview Recorder UK

In the fast-changing world of technology, you can now watch tv shows and programs that you may have missed. Freeview recorders allow you to record all that you have missed with simple convenience. Instead of investing in a very expensive smart tv that has a built-in recorder you can instead invest in DVRs or PVRs to record your programs and shows. These allow you to also simultaneously watch and record a show if, for instance, two shows are playing at the same time on two different channels.

Freeview recorders allow you to record programs on a hard drive without compromising on quality. PVRs also accommodate a much wider category of video/ audio formats as compared to other playback tools and software. These recorders thus help you to record at any time, whether you are at home or outside without having to leave your tv running for hours. Freeview services allow you to access a large number of channels without having to apply for a monthly subscription fee. This means that you only have to cover the initial cost of the device and can enjoy the service for as long as the device lasts. Maybe it’s time to consider buying a new TV as well? Our guide on 32 inch TVs can help you make the best choice.

This guide will help you choose a Freeview recorder that meets your needs and lists the features for you to decide whether it is worth it.

 

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The Humax recorder provides you with free TV and 100 channels that are of very high definition. With this recorder, you can record 4 channels at the same time because of its 4 receivers. The device acts as Freeview Play’s receiver which allows you to access about 100 channels including the ones that are video on demand based. Thus, you can also record shows that you have missed on iPlayer (BBC), Demand 5, and many others. 

What’s more, is that you can control the recorder just by downloading the iOS and Android App available on the respective play stores. The Humax Tv App can let you record the shows even when you are not at home but at work. Moreover, it has a 500 GB storage which is quite large and can accommodate almost 250 hours’ worth of recordings. Furthermore, this device also comes with Netflix and you can access it easily without requiring a Smart TV as long as you have a Netflix subscription, maybe buy some computer speakers to enhance the quality of your Netflix films and tv shows. It comes with built-in Wi-Fi so that VOD services can be accessed.

Last but not least, this recorder has a 5-star rating by What Hi-Fi awards in 2018. The only problem that users report is that the remote is heavy and quite large.

Key features:
  • Mobile App that acts a remote
  • 500 GB storage
  • 250 hours of recording
  • Compatible with Netflix
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This Panasonic recorder comes with twin tuners that allow you to record and watch programs and shows simultaneously. Thus, you do not have to worry about conflicting shows that air at the same time. It comes with 500 GB storage which means you can enjoy 129 hours of shows. It not only has features that help you record but also comes with other multimedia facilities. Furthermore, it has 2 USB ports along with an SD card slot so that you can copy shows, etc. to its internal memory.

In addition, it features an RJ-45 port that can let you connect your device and the home network. It can also be used with Panasonic’s mobile app which is available both on iOS and Android. Thus, this Freeview recorder is not only capable of playing and recording shows but also external media sources too. However, some users feel that the interface does not have the best visuals and is thus counter-intuitive.

Key features:
  • RJ 45 port
  • 500 GB storage
  • 129 hours of recording
  • Compatible with Panasonic’s mobile app
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The Sky HD box is a good investment if you already have Sky+ services. It can record shows and programs in abundance thanks to its 500 GB internal memory. Also, it features a memory card slot for external multimedia. It has SCART and RCA that help you to connect to any TV as long as it is HDTV or an LCD flat screen. Even if you do not have an HDTV the RCA and SCART features will allow you to access anything that you want to watch. The interface is very simple and easy to navigate through, even the initial set up is also quite simple.

It also comes to a built-in Wi-Fi that lets you access the Video on Demand services. Thus is you are an existing user of Sky+ this device will make your life even more entertaining. Many users, however, feel that the Built-in HD is a little too noisy and loud.

Key features:
  • RCAs and SCART
  • 500 GB storage
  • 360 hours of recording
  • 1-year warranty
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The T2-R is a very sleek and stylish device for a Freeview recorder with a simple and easy to use interface. The recording of live television and radio is done with just a simple click. The remote control also has a round and modern shape which is also convenient and easy to use. Not only that, but the remote can also be used as a TV remote so that you do not have to use two separate remotes. You can very easily play, pause, rewind and forward live TV with this device.

It not only features live TV channels but also Video-on-Demand channels through this device. It has a 500 GB storage, which can store and record 300 hours of the shows and programs, with amazing HD quality. In general, this Freeview player is appreciated by those who are not very tech-savvy because of its simplicity. You can record up to 70, 15, and 25+ TV, HD, and radio channels respectively on this Freeview recorder. They need a simple connection to your outdoor aerial, while it is not compatible for indoor aerial. Unfortunately, this device is not compatible with Bluetooth, for more information check our guide for Bluetooth transmitters.

Key features:
  • 70 TV channels
  • 500 GB storage
  • 300 hours of recording
  • 1080 p resolution
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This Freeview recorder, much like the others also has 500 GB worth of storage capacity which means you can record almost 150 hours of High Definition content of TV broadcasts while you can also watch about 300 hours of TV shows in 480 p. You can also watch external multimedia content by simply inserting a USB. The USB can also be plugged in when the internal space runs out. What’s amazing about this Freeview recorder is that it does not charge any hidden fees. It allows you to avoid any subscriptions and also does not require a satellite dish.

There is also a mobile application that is compatible with the play store with this recorder, on which you can also schedule the recording. Moreover, the recorder also offers a search feature for when you forget to catch a show. The memory of the recorder allows you to access recordings on sir for the last seven days. Thus, this is a low-noise recorder that has passive cooling so that the user does not get disturbed by the noise. The only problem that users have with it is that it takes time to start.

It is compatible with TVs of any size. We have a guide specifically for 32 inch TV screens in case you are interested.

Key features:
  • Search feature
  • 500 GB storage
  • 300 hours of recording
  • Mobile app
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This Freeview recorder allows you to access over 6o channels for no cost. It also features an EPG (electronic program guide) that applies to 8-day and 7-day forwards and backwards respectively. This way you will never miss another program that might’ve aired. In addition, there is an option to record an entire series and this enables you to never miss out on any episode. It is also known for its ability to record 4 shows at the same time.

Moreover, it comes with built-in Wi-Fi so that you can watch VOD services such as iPlayer by BBC or ITV, etc. It comes with a renewed guarantee for an entire year (refurbished). However, users have sometimes reported problems with it recording shows that the user never asked it to or it sometimes fails to record shows that the user asks for. The user must also know that it is not compatible with a dish and only works with an aerial. And the better the signal the better the quality of the show.

For more interesting gadgets read our guide for wireless earbuds.

Key features:
  • 4 shows simultaneously
  • 7 day EPG
  • VOD services
  • 1080 p resolution
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This Freeview recorder by August has a high resolution of 1080 p, which features recordings of High Definition picture with no subscription charges on a monthly basis. It is quite a low priced recorder but is known to do the job just right. You have to insert a USB to record as it does not have a lot of internal memory. Moreover, it features 7 day EPG which means the chances of you missing out on shows is quite low. In addition, it has a pause and rewind-feature for live tv which is really something for the amount it is for.

However, users do report that the interface is quite slow and the picture quality can be quite low if the reception is bad. Many also feel that the remote is quite small and it becomes hard to navigate on it. It is one of the most basic types of Freeview recorders out there especially if you are looking for a low-priced one.

For more budget-friendly gadgets read our guide for aux cables.

Key features:
  • Good quality
  • 7 day EPG
  • USB recording
  • Scart connection
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This model by Manhattan has a simple interface that is easy to work with. It has many popular streaming apps apart from Amazon Video, Now TV or even Netflix. That being said it has a 4K HD quality resolution which is quite impressive for a Freeview smart box and is actually also what sets it apart from the rest. Unfortunately, it does not have recording capabilities but the streaming services are unmatched. It uses up very little power and despite that, it takes seconds to wake up.

It is ideally for people who want a Freeview play experience that is a very high definition. Additionally, it features most of the biggest UK TV apps along with an instant video on demand (VOD) services.  It allows you to watch YouTube in the most 4K definition which makes it worth the buy. It is also super fast and the interface quite easy to scroll through because of its quad-core CPU. However, it is not cheap for a Freeview play service that does not offer recording ability.

Key features:
  • 4K
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • 8 day EPG
  • Simple interface

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