I am planning on replacing my VCR with a Panasonic DMR-EX75 DVD recorder with hard drive and Freeview. However, do I really need to pay the extra for Freeview if I have a Freeview box? My local Sony shop told me that you can still only record whichever Freeview channel you have on, the DVD recorder cannot change the Freeview channel to record while you are out. Can anyone tell me if this is correct?
You switch on then press 'guide' on your remote. Up comes the programme guide, you use the up, down or sideways buttons to find the prog. you want to record then press 'enter' and it tells you that it's been programmed. If you've got say half a dozen programmes you which enter you repeat this untill they've all been done, switch off and come back days later and you'll find it's all been recorded! Great. They can be on any freeview channel, the recorder organises it for you and switches from one channel to another as required. Additionally should you, after programming, decide you wish to add further programmes you just do it and the old machine sorts it! Needless to say you can watch any other programme on your TV (if it's got a digi tuner, or in analoque if it hasn't) whilst any of this recording is going on and you can play back anything which has already been recorded whilst a recording is taking place. You can also timeslip as it were by starting viewing a programme from the start part way through it's being recording. Hope that helps. But don't expect the manual to help you, if you're like me you'll find it near useless and have to figure it all out for yourself!
If it's any help the Panasonic DMR-EX75 is the recorder I am about to buy as I've heard lots of good reports about it. If you keep your old freeview box you will be able to record of the built in freeview tuner & watch a different channel on the old freeview at the same time. The Panasonic will change the channel to record automatically.