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Preferably with a hard drive and DVD-R, but the latter is not essential.

The main requirement is to have the ability to record two programmes simultaneously, on the odd occasion there is a clash.

It also has to be easy to use (for an elderly person or three), which includes a good remote control layout, not too many buttons.

They already have a TV from LG and so anything that allows this to be used with the same remote would be a bonus.

Any ideas ?
 

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LG made a DVR/tuner for their HDTV line up, it was a LG LST-3410A - DVR, but I dont think they make it anymore, you might find a used one if you look around.
 

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Thanks, that model has been out of production for some 10 years
 

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Putting the question in the Terrestrial section should be a clue.
 

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My non-techy, elderly (well, older than me, anyway) former neighbours had a Panasonic and they got on OK with that most of the time. I see C...ys have a couple of Panny twin tuner models.
 

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Just to be clear: are we talking freeview? Or generic dvr or what?

...oh, never mind. I'll go and spend my time on something else.

FreeView (and Freeview+) are services in the UK where no subscription is required, at least not beyond the umbrella of having a valid TV licence. Anything used to receive and record from terrestrial in the UK by a UK viewer does not normally come with a cost beyond the initial purchase.
 

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My non-techy, elderly (well, older than me, anyway) former neighbours had a Panasonic and they got on OK with that most of the time. I see C...ys have a couple of Panny twin tuner models.

Thanks, I will check if the Panasonic has remote codes for the LG television. I own a much older single tuner model that doesn't and whilst easy for me, it could be daunting to the client, since the remote control has some 50 buttons all over.
 

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I bought my parents a Panasonic DVR, a few years ago, and although they can master the basics, recording, and playing back, they still can't use the timer, or delete recordings. They even struggle when having to update the channels.
I would check out some of the LG models, as these seem more basic, in menu navigation, and use, but I doubt you'll find one that is completely user friendly for those that aren't au fait with modern technology.
 

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OK, I've read all there is on the LG versions and there is a lot out there to put people off. I'm still not convinced about the Panasonic for the clients, I have one and the remote would probably be the most daunting part.

So, starting again, what DVR out there has an easy to use remote control and actually does what it says when it comes to recording two programmes. I might even forego the Freeview + HD type since they only have a 17" television in their living room.
 

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And it works......... OK :)

The remote is a major plus point, having a large set of buttons. It also does what it says on the tin, with a 500GB drive and DVB-T2 tuner.

Two recordings and the ability to watch a third.

There is also a USB socket stuck on the front panel for something that might be reality in the future.

I just hope it can handle the abuse from the client, since they now have to look at channels 101 and beyond for anything in HD.
 
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