I love this machine. Very easy to use. Remote is bigger than most. Some of my other remotes are so small and difficult to read. This is a good one! You plug the cable into it and the other cable into the tv. I do not have digital cable. You do need a TV that has the three AV jacks or a modulator, i think that is what it is called, costs about $20.00 at Walmart. You can record on the HDD while watching a DVD or you can record on the HDD while watching something else you recorded on the HDD. You can then delete programs you have already watched. So easy to use. Programming is easy, you can preset alot of programs. I didn't even need the instructions to do it as it had a picture on the box where to plug the AV plugs (red, yellow and white. I was up and running in less than 5 minutes. You can record something from the HDD to the DVD, can't do anything else while this is going on but you can still watch TV by changing the video setting from the TV remote. Great product for the money. I have other DVR players, this one is my favorite. I am not paying monthly fees for a DVR either. The picture quality and sound are excellent. You can't control the sound from the HDD/DVR remote. At least I don't see any buttons to do that. I didn't care about that. It is also lightweight. I truly love this unit. Very quiet as well. It will shut itself off after recording. You can start watching a program and if you get interupted you can hit pause and start watching again but if you have something preset to record, you will lose it without presetting the recording for 30 or 60 minutes or whatever. I have had it for a few weeks now. It doesn't lose time so far as some units seem to do. If you are looking for an HDD unit, for the money, this is awesome and so easy to set up and use daily!! Excellent value. I was looking for one on Ebay. This one is brand new, shipping much cheaper and I did buy the 3 year warranty. I have had problems with Magnavox products in the past. Buy the warranty as well. With the fall season coming up and being on a medical leave, this has been just wonderful for me. If you are considering it, buy it. I have done so much research, this was the best for the money and shipping was very reasonable. I wanted it so bad, I paid for overnight shipping and got it overnight. Buy it, you will love it!
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