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Wednesday September 07 2005

Recently, in the Radio Times I think, they included one of those little advert booklets, and one of the products feautured was a Panasonic DVD player and DVD recorder, for a bit under £300.
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This interested me.  Could this be the answer to my problem with recording digital TV programmes?  At present I can’t do this.  I can only record analogue stuff, on tape, but my analogue reception is vile.

What interested me about the Panasonic thingy was that it has built in Freeview, i.e. it receives all those free digital channels that I can watch (thanks to my peculiar little bulbous digital box), but cannot record, because tape goes all mad and ziggy zaggy.  But, talking about Freeview in connection with a DVD recording machine says, to me, that the whole question of recording digital stuff has obviously been gone into.  Maybe I will finally be able to do that.

Plus, I had no idea that I could make my own DVDs for less than some unimaginable sum like £700 for the kit.  With a machine like this, I could be making my own DVDs off of the telly, instead of paying a tenner each for the damn things.  It would “pay” for itself after about 20 DVDs had been created.

I took the advert to Tottenham Court Road, and learned a little more, but not a lot.  Yes, I can record Freeview stuff.  But, no need for built in Freeview, I can just shovel the stuff in to the DVD maker from my Bulbous Digital Box.

Then I went to Dixon’s, where they had a Goodman’s product, the snappily named GHDD177DVDR.
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This is a DVD creator and player, with the bonus of a hard disc.  On offer for £200.  Perfect.  I bought it.  But when I got it home and working, the thing roared like a train in a tunnel whenever it was switched on.  To be exact it roared like a rather noisy heat extractor fan.  This is not what you want if you are trying to listen to a televised Promenade Concert.  No wonder it was on offer.  I knew at once that I would always hate this thing, and always regret having it.  It roared.  So, today I took it back.  Very sportingly, they refunded the money.  Apparently roaring counts as a defect.

Do all hard discs on TV copying machines roar?  If not, which ones are the quietest?

Is a hard disc a good thing to have?  I can’t hurt, surely.

Is built in Freeview an advantage?  Surely yes, because if all you have is a Scart connection at the back, then all that the machine knows about is the “Scart” input.  But if it has its own built in Freeview, maybe it can make finer distinctions than that.  Maybe, when I’m away on holiday, it can record things on different Freeview channels, hopping as required from one to the other.  That doesn’t sound unreasonable.

In general, which gizmo along these lines is the best?

The reason I asked for money back, instead of buying something else was that I decided that I needed to think about all this more carefully than I have so far.

So, so far, my only un-reversed purchases have been copies of two magazines, What Home Cinema, and Home Cinema Choice.  £8.98.  I have work to do.

Just for starters, what the hell is the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R?  Or between DVD-RW and DVD+RW?  And will DVD-RW and DVD+RW play on other DVD machines?

It’s a jungle out there.  I seem to have stepped into the middle of a standards battle that I do not understand.  At all.

Presumably much of the confusion is caused by the fact that one lot of capitalists want me to copy lots of stuff, and another lot of capitalists want me to be taken out and shot if I copy anything at all whatsoever, and at the very least not to be able to make any convenient use of it if I have copied it.  But what do I know?