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Our video's bust, any ideas?

Our 10 year old VCR has died and it's not just the fuse this time. Given the immenence of HDTV and the possibilities of watching cheap American Manga imports on a nice DVD player, on what would you recommend we splash our cash?

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fractalgeek
Oct. 10th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
A leading question: Who is your internet provider?
chilledchimp
Oct. 10th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Hi. This is chilledchimp as Steve is, sensibly, asleep at this time. We've with Orange, mainly because we started with Freeserve and have kept our cheap deal.
gbsteve
Oct. 10th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
And we've got a BT phone line. We don't have cable in our area even though our street is only 10 years old.
fractalgeek
Oct. 11th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
OK,so you can't get the cheap deal on BT Vision.... Some of the network connected ones will do HD, even though Freeview doesn't yet have a commercial HD service.

I got my mother a Humax 920T - two freeview channels, 160Mb, under £200. Excellent, but no disk burning. The T doesn't have series link yet but will; the other 920 models are there already.

There are many combined TV & DVD recorder deals around.

We bought for £50ish an upscaling DVD player that is excellent; just the thing for HD.
thefon
Oct. 10th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Trip to China?
chilledchimp
Oct. 10th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
Oooh. All right for some. All we have is our video and even that has deserted us:).
ubiquitous_cat
Oct. 10th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
http://www.topfield.co.uk/products.html

I have a Toppy and it's great, record direct to the hard drive and if you want to keep the show then just transfer it directly to your pc and burn to dvd.
gbsteve
Oct. 10th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
It does look good, especially the ability to record two freeview channels whilst watching a third.

We'd still need something on which to play our Vids and DVDs though.
ubiquitous_cat
Oct. 10th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I don't know if I've ever tried that, to be honest I don't think there has been three programs on at the same time that I've wanted to watch. Plus most digital stuff is repeated endlessly.

If you go for it make sure you do get the 2 tuner version otherwise you can only watch what you are recording.

I gave up on videos a while ago, dvd players are amazingly cheap now though.
ubiquitous_cat
Oct. 10th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
PS One of the reasons I went for the Topfield is the great user forums and applications that have been developed for it;

http://www.toppy.org.uk/

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