With so much great television on Freeview right now, Freeview Play and Freeview HD Recorders are a great way to manage what you watch. We’ve updated our list of the top Recorders with the latest offerings from the top brands.
A Freeview Play Recorder means you can make the best use of your shiny new HD TV, combining all the best TV with our streamlined approach to catch up, and a big hard drive to record your favourite shows.
Alternatively, a Freeview HD recorder is good if you want to record entire box sets (using the series link option), or just two programmes that clash.
Here are our top picks of Freeview Play and Freeview HD recorders:
Humax FVP-4000T 500GB (Also in 1TB and 2TB)
Humax have established a reputation for quality products that are easy to use. This Freeview Play offering is typically sophisticated, with a clean, intuitive interface.
With versions in 500GB and 1TB, both offer a good amount of storage. With a quirky design, and recently updated TV guide, they combine the latest technology with excellent layout. Twin HD tuners mean you never have to fight over what to watch, and if you miss something, simply scroll back in the TV Guide to catch up on available shows.
This Freeview Play recorder boasts a sleek, elegant design and is simple to connect to your Wi-Fi for on demand services. The 500GB hard drive gives you 129 hours of HD recording. It is also available with a 1TB hard drive.
This Blu-ray/Freeview Play combi puts all the entertainment you’ll ever need in one place. Not only do you get BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5, but it also boasts access to YouTube and pay services such as Netflix and Amazon.
The 1TB hard drive offers over 259 hours of HD recording. What’s more, you get a Blu-ray player capable of processing 3D Blu-rays, that even upscales them to 4K. All this makes it an excellent future-proof choice.
Price: Around £300
Freeview HD Recorders
If your needs are not so exacting there are some bargains to be had with older Freeview HD recorders. These don’t offer catch up on demand, but the lower price point can make them an attractive proposition.
This elegantly designed Samsung Blu-ray player/Freeview recorder means you can enjoy Freeview (in its full HD glory), record to the 500gb hard drive, and also play Blu-rays (including 3D). With USB connectivity, you can play music, photos and media from your memory sticks or external hard drives. Unfortunately, you still have to make the tea, but it does just about everything else.
Price: Around £169.99
This award-winning recorder was, in its time, slick as they came. Finished in attractive brushed aluminium, and featuring 125 hours of HD recording, it is still a great option for Freeview HD; with twin tuners, there’s no need to fight over the remote – you can record one show and watch another.
Price: Around £150
A great all-rounder. As well as a large 1TB hard drive, the Panasonic HWT230EB has plenty of great features like built-in Wi-Fi, that makes connecting to your wireless home network a doddle. You get great apps like BBC iPlayer, YouTube, and Skype all in one place. And to top it off, this recorder is lightening quick and doesn’t take long to boot.
Price: Around £155
There’s plenty going on under the bonnet with the Samsung BD-J7500. This TV recorder has a built-in 3D Blu-ray player. And that’s not all; connect to your home network and stream video, music and photos from other devices.
Price: Around £130
Bush DTR with Smart 500GB
This one’s certainly popular with the punters. This well-reviewed TV recorder is all about ease of use, with a simple, compact design that will fit into most entertainment centres.
Price: Around £130
Don’t need to record? Just get a Freeview HD set top box…
Manhattan Plaza HD-T2
Small and mighty, the ultra-compact Manhattan Plaza HD-T2 is packed full of great features. The onscreen menu is simple and easy to use, but what’s really great about this receiver is its price tag; at around £50, it’s an absolute steal.
Price: Around £45