You don't need to buy the dearest. Equally,it's not always best to buy the cheapest. Stick to the well known brands for best reliability and performance. An extra cheap supermarket box with a name you have never heard of is not always the way to go. The best brands are on offer now as retailers want your business
In particular Sony have offers with "vat back" and folk like John Lewis give extended guarantees free
Read the reviews via google, Amazon etc. Some are easier to operate than others
You pay a bit more for the Panasonic, but in my view it is worth it as you can not only record Freeview on the HD, but also copy things you want to keep to DVD. Also you can watch DVD's and even do some editing of stored programmes (eg delete adverts). Also you could use it to convert VCR tapes to DVD. For these reasons it does more than a PVR such as the otherwise excellent Humax.
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