Written on: 16/11/2011
My Digihome PVR160 has worked fine for several years, apart from occasional crashes. However, since digital switchover in the Oxford area 2 months ago, it is unable to play or record some channels without picture & audio freezing irregularly every 2-5 seconds. I have retuned several times, including 2 factory resets. It has the latest software v13.0. And the signal quality is good or very good on all channels. Some programmes play & record fine while the next freezes and the next is fine... (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2010
had my first digihome for about 4yrs, loved it, when it started to go wrong, went straight out and bought another one, pvr80, have had this one for about 3yrs, its fast and simple to use, no real problems at all. wanted to upgrade to a box that recorded 2 channels, could only get one out of argos with my card, but they dont sell digihomes now, so got a humax less than a week ago, it was awful, put it back in box today to go back, brought my digihome back out of spare room. cant believe the... (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2010
I have owned a 160 for nearly 2 years. Has been superb. I've always got a library full of stuff to watch and we can skip the ads. Fine until a couple of months ago when recorded stuff is jumping and skipping. Music recordings are often ghastly. Saying that, I recorded BBC 1 and that seems to be OK so recording is worse on ITV channels and freeview channels. Any body think it can be repaired? (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2010
I bought my Digihome several years ago and have found it to be excellent value, It has never caused me any problems, always updates flawlessly. I think I must have been lucky reading some of the other reviews but I would certainly recommend them. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2010 by keithw2 (1 review written)
Reading the other reviewers I seem to be the lucky one. I've had a pvr80 for 4years and found it to be best bit of kit i've ever owned. It's the easiest and most intuitive machine to use and has never let me down. Even going digital no problems at all. I have a Sagem at another address and that is a real pain to use. I've been delighted with my Digihome. ps I don't work for Digihome or have anything to do with the company. (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2010
Have had mine for 4 years and it has been great no problems easy to use, and really I can not fault it what so ever but for one thing it has finally gone to the big DVR in the sky.
So I went and brought a Samsung DVR and if you thing you have problems with this one the Samsung is really bad.
All in all I will get another one and would and have told mine work mates all about this one.
Find job (read more)
Written on: 12/03/2010
we bought our pvr with the view we would be ready for the digital switchover and up till then everything was fine, then after the first switch over we lost bbc2 and after the second we have lost all the bbc channels after ringing the help line which was no use at all i e-mailed digihome and have had nothing back from them at all they are little more then useless, we are now having to get a new machine and it wont be a digihome , we also live in the granada region does this have a relevancy ? (read more)
Written on: 14/02/2010
Extremely disappointing machine with problems throughout the last 1 year. Problems to do with the poor consideration of manufacturer for the ever faulty remote control which I had replaced twice under warranty. It also kept suddenly jamming itself of and needs to be switched of from the mains and restarted with loose of often valuable programmes. Now after just 2 years it has completely stopped and the light has disappeared from its panel and no one seem to be interested in giving any... (read more)
Written on: 25/01/2010
I have nothing but praise for my Digihome digital recorder ...for those who complain about failing after one year I should refer you to the latest E.U Law reference 1999/44/EU which states that all electrical items should be guaranteed for TWO years. I have just learned about this but it is worth knowing when arguments start with the supplier.
Written on: 09/12/2009
There is a software issue with this product and after the retune on December 2nd I can not receive BBC1 & 2 I live in the Granada area (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2009
I pirchased two recorders, the second one records two programmes at the same time which is great. I have not had any trouble with them so far. If a problem occurs it only needs to be reprogrammed. Great value for money. There's very little I don't like about it and would recommend it. (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2009
When it works, the DVR160 is a very good, affordable system with all the features you'd want. However, as others state, it's prone to bugs. System freezes where none of the controls work have happened several times, requiring mains disconnection. Sometimes programmes get bugged on playback or record, either missing bits, or as today, halfway through the recording it skips randomly through the show. Slow rewind shows it's all there, but it won't let us watch! Errors occur every 10 to 15... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2009
I can not fault this DVR, have found it most reliable,and think it is
good value. (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2009
bought 2 from argos which stopped receiving when my area changed over to digital, argos refused to help and digihome wont reply to my emails.i wont buy any more digihomes or buy anything further from argos. (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2009
mixed feelings about the Digihome PVR80/160
spec. good . use problematic
unpluugiig major means of remedy
reported loss of signal when other receivers still report adequate signal,
shows black screen as if no recording, until reboot
norrmally 2 mins but sometimes several hours before recovery
lost favourites menu after two months
navigating epg menu is difficult as each single key press results in a response equivalent 1 to 6 ... (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2009
The Digihome PVR80/160 recorder was a lot of trouble. Remote would turn machine off but not on. Even manual use of button on set often did not work until third try. Picture inclined to sieze. Because of this recordings poor or only partially made. We returned the set. (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2009 by omega2498 (3 reviews written)
The Digihome PVR80/160 is Easy to use, great picture when it works ... Not reliable in my opinion. Sometimes locks up, tuner section more prone to break up/loss of signal than my Thomson DTI 1000 set top box. Cannot seem to rely on recording from the `Guide'. No upgrades to software available. Potentially very good product, but too unreliable for comfort. Returning to Argos for refund. Argos now listing an ALBA machine in what looks like the same casing ... ? (March 2009). (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2009
After several months, whenever I tried to record, the picture and sound jumped so much that the recording was hopeless. I re-tuned the unit several times; turned off the electricity supply from the mains; but still the problem persisted. In the end, while trying to record, I picked up the unit and thumped its underside. That fixed the problem! (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2008
Simple to use, it doesn't even need a child to program it. Good capacity, it took us over a year to get near filling the disk. A good machine ruined by badly tested software and unhelpful support in my experience I feel. I would never buy another of that brand. Do not recommend the Digihome PVR80/160. (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2008 by JT1000 (1 review written)
I contacted Digihome but they were not much help, asked me to check my ariel (which is less than 5 years old) and get a signal booster (which I have anyway) So I am no further forward at this stage. I would be glad to hear from anyone whi might have a solution. (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2008
When it freezes you either have to unplug it to restart it. Which is a pain as I can't get to the plug. But found that if I press and hold the power button for about 5 seconds, it then resets it and does a disk check after a few minutes its then restarts and works as normal. I use this as a reminder to start deleting things from the library. (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2008 by geocou47 (1 review written)
Good product when working had problems after 6mths took it back to Argos exchanged no problem other one has gone from working after 14 months hard drive problem phoned up helpline but no joy as it is out of guarantee. Overall, I think these products should last a little bit longer than over the 12mths guarantee period (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2008 by bbeennjj (1 review written)
Would recommend if you are on a budget. It is a good product with good hard drive space. (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2008
For something electronic to play up after only 18 months is not really good enough, as digi is the tv of the future, so what chance do we stand of being able to afford to watch telly if units fail at this rate. Cannot afford a new box at the moment so my pvr80 was a waste of money. (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2008
Had the first Digihome PVR80/160 for 2 months it stopped receiving TV Channels altogether but could pay all recorded programs. For the technical the RF stage had gone down. It was replaced by Argos where we bought it, no fuss.
Now 15 months and out of guarantee the replacement has exactly the same fault.
Electronic items should last longer than 15 months. Argos say it's not a repairable item. (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2008
The Digihome PVR80/160 has a 7 day EPG ,easy to use ,set programs to record and they do record the picture quality is the best I have seen, also pause live TV is good if you want to make a cup of coffee. Recommend to a first time buy of HDD recorders. (read more)
Written on: 08/05/2008 by 28v6 (1 review written)
Just updated from the old style 80g model to the new style160g which has a whole host of new features, as does the new 80g model, including record 2 channels whilst watching another and series recording, I believe the new features are due to the new "Freeveiw playback" code which means any PVR showing this logo has to come up to the new standard. (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2008 by richdor (1 review written)
when watching recorded items why does the sound go off, to get it back i press stop then play to get sound back. Also i have had it freeze up on me at playback, it then renders useless.
the box will perform nothing. i have to turn the power off at the socket, put it back on and allow the box to re-install, luckily everything recorded is still on the hard drive. Would love to know if other people are experiencing the same (read more)
Written on: 02/02/2008
No software updates as yet, makes me feel uneasy
Can only record one prog at a time
Can only time shift after pausing, not at any time as with sagem. overall a good product does what it says on the box. (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2007
Having just come to the end of my tether with a ferociously complicated JVC combined VHS and DVD recorder I was ready to give up tv altoghether so to get something which was a) cheap. B) useable is fantastic.
Go for the 160GB version if you can afford to - once you've got some films recorded you start to eat into the disk space. (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2007 by foxview (71 reviews written)
38 hours and 31 minutes of recording time.
Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available.
Now and next electronic programme guide (EPG).
7 day electronic programme guide (EPG).
The Box was easy to set up and use, you have the chance to pause live TV and it also features picture in picture. (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2007 by scarborian (32 reviews written)
Firstly, can I point out that this review, although primarily about the Digihome PVR80 can also be applied to a whole host of other PVR's under various assumed identities, but all made by the same manufacturer, Vestel. It comes badged as Techwood, Goodmans, Grundig, Sharp, Hitachi and others with the only real changes (apart form price) being cosmetic and the choice of hard drive size!
The Digihome variation can be purchased from Argos for a very reasonable price and is available in 80Gig... (read more)