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Sony HDT500 / 500GB / Freeview plus / HD PVR Digital TV Recorder


Released on 01 April 2011

Manufacturer: Sony

4.0 out of 5 (3 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Freeview+ HD - Pause, rewind and playback live TV, record your favourite shows

Picture quality - View and record the latest Freeview HD channels with stunning quality, clarity and sharpness

500GB HDD - Record and store TV programmes to watch later, with up to 300 hours of recording time

External HDD backup - External back-up lets you playback content direct from the HDD - no need to copy to the Recorder

Twin HD Tuner - Watch one digital channel while recording another; or record two channels at the same time

Series Link - Record an entire series of your favourite TV programme at the touch of a button

Electronic Programme Guide - See 8 days programming and simply select to record them in advance

2xUSB play/transfer/import - Plug in a USB device and enjoy photos and music on your TV

BRAVIA Sync - Play or adjust the settings on your home entertainment systems with just one remote control

HDMI - HDMI output with 1080p upscaling to maximise picture quality

Picture in Picture (PIP) - Picture in Picture lets you watch a second channel, displayed within the main picture

Monolithic Design - Design concept features luxurious materials and a stylish, minimalist finish, match with your BRAVIA TV
  • Freeview+ HD tuner built-in
  • HDMI upscaling
  • Built-in 500 GB hard drive (up to 300hrs (SD) / 125hrs (HD) recording time)
  • Twin tuner
  • External HDD back up
  • 2 x USB
  • Picture in Picture screen split
  • BBC iPlayer (via network update - Launch TBC) Digital TV features:
  • Digital text.
  • RF loop.
  • Auto setup.
  • Auto scan for new channels.
  • Now and next programme guide.
  • 8 day electronic programme guide (EPG). Recording features:
  • Freeview+.
  • Twin tuner.
  • 500GB hard drive.
  • 300 hours recording time.
  • Record 2 channels at the same time.
  • Record 1 channel whilst watching a previous recording.
  • Series record.
  • Pause live TV. Connectivity:
  • HDMI output.
  • 2 USB port.
  • Ethernet connection. Additional information: Upscales to 1080p.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (3 reviews)

 Great for Freeview HD+

| | See all sdt492's reviews (1)

I purchased this to replace my Sony RDR-DC100 which in my opinion was a horror. My main reasons for buying this was for the Bravia Sync integration with the rest of my Sony Home Cinema equipment and for the dual hd freeview recorder.

I was not disappointed, the Australian Grand Prix really showcased its abilites and the broadcast looked absolutely gorgeous live and when played back from the hard drive. The tv guide is crisp, easy to view and very good.

The unit itself is relatively small and the front is unobtrusive with only a power button, 2 recording lights and a white power light and a hidden usb port/reset button keeping you company. The fan at the back is smaller than the rest of my Sony equipment and whilst I don't notice it in my living room, it may just catch the ear of someone operating it in a bedroom.

Why only four stars you ask? Well it does it's job well but doesn't go above and beyond that, at the time of writing there is no bbc iPlayer or any online connectivity. There is also no preview window when reviewing content that has been recorded to the hard drive.

For anyone with other Sony equipment there is no 'Home' button on the remote control or menu styling which is found in the PS3 or Sony Bravia TV's, there is a more basic menu but everything is easy to find and admend as required.

It has operated without fault for me so far and in that respect i'm happy that i'm not waiting for Sony to release a glut of firmware updates.

 Iplayer support now available off red button.

| | See all James981's reviews (1)

Works brilliantly, only slight annoyance is you can't tell how far into a programme you are without pausing.

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