I bought this unit because my previous DVD recorder would sometimes not record scheduled programs. I spent the extra money to purchase this unit to get the extra space to record more programs on the hard drive instead of having to keep switching out DVDs. I only got the 500 GB model because if I ever need more room to record in the future, I can plug in an external hard drive into the unit by USB. If you want to record 2 shows at the same time then you will have to go with the 1TB model. This will only record 1 show at a time. It does everything it says it will do. One feature I really like is you can set up folders for your different scheduled programs. So every time I tape the news, it goes into my NEWS folder. Every time I tape a movie I want to watch, it goes into my MOVIES folder. I don't have to go searching for it through all the other programs I tape. The only thing I don't like about it is that the buttons on the remote are a little small. The remote is about half the size of my TV remote.
Magnavox MDR865H HD DVR/HDD 500GB ATSC Tuner
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Magnavox MDR865H HD DVR/HDD 500GB ATSC Tuner
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Built-In Hard Disc Drive (HDD) &DVD Recorder with Digital Tune
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16.50 x 12.00 x 2.40 Inches
Magnavox HD DVR/DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner
I've only had this DVD recorder a short time, but it is performing exactly as it is supposed to. It works great recording antenna TV programs. I don't understand why electronic stores don't carry this type of recorder--no one seems to carry DVD recorders with a built in tuner. My only complaint would be the instruction manual--it could be a little more specific for novices like me. I had to learn some functions by experimentation, but overall I am very happy with it.
Magnavox MDR865, 867, 868 HD DVRs
N.A.'s first HD DVRs with DVD burners, line inputs, editing, and user-selectable HD/SD rec modes. Basic info on these first-of-a-kind HD DVRs from Funai, a 55-year-old Japanese company, under the Magnavox brand name (licensed from Philips). More detailed info here: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/42-hdtv-recorders/2142154-magnavox-mdr865-867-868-hd-dvrs-dvd-burners-line-inputs-editing-rec-modes.html#post37432762 Mag info page: http://www.magnavox.com/product/HDDVR2015.php PDF manual (same for all 3), 11.6MB (pdf doc will appear all at once after slight delay or be saved in your Downloads folder): http://media.webcollage.net/rwvfp/wc/cp/19306938/module/cpwalmart/_cp/products/1445456827305/tab-49a37c8d-01da-47af-bd1c-1a01170c6a9d/4652ce6e-50f4-4d32-9a27-46b6ead9b78a.pdf?action=download-resource&caption=Owners%20Manual&a=d • 3 models: 865 has single, 867 and 868 have dual digital HD tuners (no analog) for OTA antenna and unscrambled cable. • Include several "firsts" for a N.A. HD DVR: -SD DVD burner. -SD inputs. -Editing. -HD and SD rec modes. • Recording format: Video mode, like Pioneer, Panasonic, et al Video compression formats: MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio compression formats: Dolby Digital, MPEG-2 AAC • Coax in/out, composite YWR RCA in/out front and back, S-Video in front, HDMI out, digital optical audio out, USB, Ethernet/LAN (867/868 only), wireless LAN adapter (867/868 only), external Reset button. • Simultaneously tune two digital broadcast video streams in dual-tuner units (867/868) and record to a single drive or to different drives (HDD/EHDD-FT/DVD) via menu selection, as described here... and here. • Internal HDD (500GB/1TB/2TB) and up to 8 external USB HDDs (EHDD) or fast flash/thumb (FT) drives, min. 32GB to max. 6TB each, one at a time, max. 50TB total storage. See applicable EHDD-FT info for previous Funai DVRs, Philips 5710 and 5750. • High-speed dub (HSD) to copy or move titles between drives HDD>EHDD-FT>HDD. Create genre or backup HDDs. • Record to and real-time dub to/from DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW. No HSD with DVDs. • Copy from external devices (DVRs, DVDRs, VCRs, cameras, etc.) to HDD or DVD via YWR RCA or S-Video+WR RCA inputs. • Wired LAN and built-in wireless LAN (867/868 only)... no separate dingle-dongle-doodad required. No networking on 865. • Stream live TV and stream/download recorded titles to iOS and Android mobile devices for viewing in any room with free mobile app (867/868 only). • Antenna Out settings to select coax passthrough (Old) or no passthrough (Off) when in power-off (Standby) mode. Old (On) maintains power to internal amp so no signal degradation thru coax in Standby but slightly more power usage. • Editing: Divide/Combine/Delete Chapters (HDD/EHDD-FT/DVD), Divide/Combine/Delete/Rename/Protect Titles (HDD/EHDD-FT). Funai's use of "Chapter" is in their DNA, but not ours. Prior SD units actually set a Chapter mark at each Scene Delete. Apparently, Scene Delete has become Chapter Delete. Unfortunately, NO details in manual except on title delete but it's basically same as or similar to "Scene Delete." • HDMI CEC (fun-Link) for integrated system control (TV/DVR on/off, auto input selection, etc.). How-it-works (any unit). • Attenuator setting if signal source is too strong, which causes digital channels to disappear (fall off the "digital cliff"). • Built-in digital-CC decoder. Subtitle Recording option to select whether digital CC get recorded on DVD or not (manual pg 58). • Pause TV button that starts recording a live program in FHD2 rec mode (manual pg 33). No buffer. • 100 timer programs. No Guide. • 2000 titles max. on each HDD/EHDD-FT with custom folders for storing them (genres, episodes of same series, etc.). 99 titles on DVD. • Auto-titling of recordings from metadata broadcast with each show. Set Auto Clock via General Settings > Clock > Auto Clock Setting menu, then set timer start times for exact start times of shows. See applicable info and tips for older Funai DVR, Philips 5710. If you can't find good time signal for Auto Clock or you pad beginning of shows before metadata starts, you could get title of prev. show. One workaround for "padders" or other persistent titling problems: while setting timer recording in Schedule Recording menu, as last step, select Folder Setting option (manual Step 8 pg 31) and select named folder for that show (or create New Folder) so every recording of that show will reside there, regardless of title, listed by date in order you select. • SW keyboard for renaming auto-titles, naming/renaming EHDD-FT, network setup, etc. • User-selectable aspect settings for the source (how it gets recorded) in General Settings > Video menu. Settings for HDD/EHDD-FT include default 16:9 Squeeze for 4:3 and 16:9 sources regardless of TV aspect or HDMI res. settings, and Auto for DVDs (manual pg 51). Not the same as TV's aspect settings. • User-selectable standby modes in General Settings > Others: Normal (fast startup) and Energy Saving (slower startup but less power consumption) (manual pg 58). • Remote with 3 codes for controlling 3 separate units, incl. Mag SD HDD/DVD recorders (Code 1, the default). Menu @ General Settings > Others > Remote Control > Code Select. Set machine code(s) then, for each "wrong-code" machine, press and hold OK button and press 1, 2 or 3 for that machine. • Clear+ option to sharpen edges of 1080i/p playback via HDMI @ MENU > Clear+ > Old/Off (manual pg 40). • Simultaneous record/play (867/868 only). • Rapid Playback @1.3X with audio. Press Play while in playback to turn on and off. • User-selectable HD and SD rec modes.
EXCELLENT Dvr / DVD recorder
This is my second unit. A power surge fried my 1st. Magnavox has made some wonderful improvements. The picture and color is really great. REALLY excellent digital tuner. Since I am on DTV (no cable here), there is plenty of power there as well. It records very well. Able to recieve transmissions from a bit of a distance. All around, MAGNIFICIANT buy :)
Works very well and easy to use.
I am very happy with this, I had tried a couple other types of recorders for digital OTA signals and they were terrible, needed several peices you bought all separate. This is very easy, just connect the cables and follow instructions. The only think I am looking for now is if there is a way for it to dispaly upcoming schedule of shows are not. Currently I just enter the channel and datea nd times for what I want recorded and that is fine. I did not expect anything more.
Perfect for users of tv antenna
I would have bought this long ago but I did not know these recorders with tuners existed. i thought hard drive DVRs were exclusive to cable & satellite. Magnavox needs to get the word out in mainstream advertising. Works great with my external antenna. Anyone familiar with VHS or DVD recorders will have no problem navigating the functions of this unit. I tested all of the quality levels and I see no difference between the highest and the medium level plus i can get 182 hours recording time at medium. That's probably why it's tagged as "recommended". Saves wear and tear on the hard drive and still get a good picture. (the lowest stated 710 hours) The illustrations in the book are screen grabs and a little hard to see but by reading the text step by step it is very useful. The time display is a little small but overall i am very happy with this purchase.
Works as advertised.
After getting this I soon figured out that I should have spent the extra 50 bucks and got the 1TB model. The 1TB unit has Built-in wireless LAN. This one does not. Have not had a chance to record any programs...to watch later. About the only thing I do have a concern, right now, is when the unit is on the HD makes a noticeable whirring noise. You can hear it across the room over the TV audio. So it stays off most of the time and I just watch TV off the antenna.
I Really Wanted This t/b Great, but...
I Ditched my DirecTv, and am using a digital antenna. I couldn't find a DVR, anywhere, that didn't come w/ a monthly fee. This unit seems to be the exception. There are multiple connection options from coaxial to HDMI. The included "quick start" guide is very clear & intuitive. My TV, a Samsung 4k 72", found 26 channels w/ just my antenna. I was hoping this would do the same, but allow me to pause & record @ will. Unfortunately, when running the signal through this device to my TV... It only locates 4 channels. A deal breaker in my opinion. I have just invested in a outdoor, rooftop antenna. If this allows me to get the same number of networks as my tv's tuner... I will update this review. As it stands; The pause, record & set up work as advertised. The ability to locate ota channels is completely unsatisfactory.
ATSC does not work for many cable channels
I purchased a Magnavox DVR/HDD a few years ago and it worked great, however when I purchased this model with ATSC Tuner, it would not display many cable channels such as CNN and FOX News. I called tech support and they said that TV channels must be in ATSC format, which many of mine must not have been. I ended up returning it to Walmart for a full refund.
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