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List of brands we tested in this review.
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The prices shown are recommended retail however you should be able to find most of these models for a lower price if you shop around. The Foxtel IQ3 and 4 are subscription based with different monthly payments based on the viewing package you choose.
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Ultra-high Definition (also called 4K) could be the next 3D in the sense that there's a lot of hype, but virtually no content available yet. UHD TVs have a lot more pixels than an HD TV, but they also cost a lot more. This is one of those features that may turn out to be a nice feature to have, but shouldn't be a factor in your purchasing decision.
FreeviewPlus features include the ability to display of all TV networks' programs without the need to change channels, a search function and the ability to enjoy catch-up TV channels such as iView, 9Now and SBS On Demand.
Record directly to external storage
Programs can be recorded directly to an external hard drive. However due to copyright protection the PVR may format the drive in such a way as you can only use it on that PVR and not connect it to any other device.
Hard disk capacity (GB)
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Ease of use score
We look for an auto-tuning system that's informative and simple to use. We make instant recordings and check the menus for ease of understanding, navigation and clarity. We also play back recordings to check the quality and range of functions that are possible. We look at the front panel controls to see to what extent the machine can operate various tasks without using the remote control, and look at the quality of information conveyed via the front panel display.
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For Electronic Program Guide performance, we look at the channel and program layout to see how easy the characters are to read and the quality of descriptor words, phrases or symbols and that selections stay on screen long enough to read.
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Series recording score
We test series recording by using the 'series link' feature on the PVR. We note any discrepancies with the end and start times and penalise PVRs for any truncated footage or dropouts, as well as for any times where the series link feature fails to locate a program within the scheduled period.
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Dedicated Netflix button
The dedicated Netflix button on the remote will excite binge watching enthusiasts – you are sent to the Netflix opening screen with a single button press.
Recordings can be copied for viewing elsewhere
Recorded programs do not have DRM protection so you can move the video footage onto a USB device and watch it wherever you like.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- CHOICE buy
- Ease of use score
- EPG score
- EPG accuracy score
- Remote score
- Series recording
- Timer recording score
- Standby energy score
- Standby power (Wh)
- In use power (Wh)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Annual running cost
- Recordings can be copied for viewing elsewhere
- Record directly to external storage
- Wi-Fi direct
- Smartphone mobile scheduling app available
- Dedicated Netflix button
- Optical disc player
- 4K resolution
- Freeview plus
- IceTV support
- USB 3.0 port
- Hard disk capacity (GB)
- USB ports
- Ethernet port
- Memory card reader
- Composite video RCA output
- Component video RCA output
- Stereo audio RCA output
- HDMI output
- Digital RCA output
- Toslink output
- Wireless LAN adaptor
- Stream video to app
- Favourite channels
- Supports standard epg
- Auto padding
- Ad skipping
- Timeshift time limit (hours)
- Number of digital tuners
- Dimensions (cm, h x w x d)
- Weight (kg)
- Country of origin