I think the Panasonic Freeview box has only one scart socket. You really need a Freeview box with two scarts. One connects to the video and other to the TV. It works best with two. The Pioneer has two altho I haven't got that one. I use three Pace Freeview boxes (which only have one scart socket) and a Grundig Freeview box (which has two scarts). With the Pace boxes I have trouble setting the Widescreen 16:9 as only having ONE scart this has to go via the video (JVC). As no VCR's are widescreen capable this causes problems with the TV widescreen setting. Therefore - go a FREEVIEW BOX which has two scart sockets. You will have less hassle. Must admit that the freeview picture quality on the VCR is excellent.
Re-reading that posting does not really make it clear what I mean. The Freeview boxes are capable of outputting in 4:3 format or Widescreen. If you only have one scart on the Freeview box it will have to be plugged into the VCR first with the output going to the TV via the VCR's second scart socket. If you have both the freeview box and the TV set at Widescreen you will have problems because the VCR will not work with the W/S format. Hence the need for two separate scarts on the freeview box you choose. Its usually the cheaper boxes which only have the one scart socket.
Remember B4 you buy the Freeview box check that you can receive the digital channels in your area. Also you will need to check if the aerial you have is good enough to receive digital TV and is pointing in the correct direction.
I've got a Pioneer 2010 ITVDigital box - the only one the firm has made to recently and very rare (it followed the original Philips and then the Nokia, a triumph of style over substance, previously housed under the TV).
It's a very classy piece of kit with hi-fi style case, clear readout and excellent pix and sound.
It's proved so good that my son is getting Pioneer's just launched DTR-DT100GB for Christmas (see click here) for details.
It can capture images, has a screen saver to protect your (more elderly) TV from screen burn whilst listening to digital radio stations, two Scart sockets etc.
More details on Pioneer's own website.
Price at Techtronics is £88.65 including delivery, lowest price I could find and also somewhere which has it in stock...
My son says he wants the Goodmans GB5 with built in DAB receiver at £99, but launch keeps being put back and is now at least Fehruary.
There'll be a rush before Christmas for Freeview boxes so get one while you can if you want one.