We like free. We also like doing things ourselves, which is why building our own DVRs to capture OTA broadcasts has been a habit for years. And we’re fans of devices that give us wide flexibility and range in their use. Given all these preferences, Silicon Dust’s HDHomeRun Plus—a networkbased external TV tuner—fulfills all our wants, on paper. In practice, it very nearly does likewise.
Moving out of the rumors category, Toshiba has confirmed the launch of a dedicated Freeview HD PVR, the HDR5010. Part of what makes this noteworthy is it's Toshiba's first attempt at releasing a digital TV recorder.
Consumers will find a pair of tuners packed inside, which makes it possible to record one channel while watching another. The HDR5010 also comes with the ability to pause and rewind live TV.
Storage duties are handled by a 500GB hard drive. Toshiba says this is enough to provide about 250 hours of standard-definition televisions content, or up to 120 hours of HD recording.
Other features include two USB ports for connecting digital cameras and music players, an Ethernet port, and the Audio Description system, which provides additional narrative for the visually impaired.
UK residents will be able to purchase the HDR5010 starting in June for around $550.