Written on: 02/03/2013
The title says it all. The box failed after 12 months but even before that it was recording both SD & HD and missing scheduled recordings. Now it simply will not record in any mode (scheduled or instant). It switch on/off at will, is slow, clunky, has pathetic software. All in all, avoid at all costs, it's just not worth the hassle. (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2012 by UkayJ (1 review written)
first of all it records both the standard definition channel and the HD channel which takes up both recording slots with no way to delete either. cuts off the end of some recordings, doesnt record others. recordings often suffered out of sync sound. towards the end it kept turning itself off, then resetting itself-requiring channel searches, now it can't even finish a channel search without resetting and trying again but to no avail. it is now completely unusable. this is the second... (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2011 by boat1 (1 review written)
bought the hdt8520 about a year ago ,within the space of 4 months had problems ,just thought it was gliches but problems persisted, ie recording the same program in hd and normal dvb ,so that conflicted with other programs that i set to record , some programs would not stop, so did a factory reset hd format ect ,still the same old problems ,and in the end the machine just froze up ,rang up phillips support they said no probs we will renew it ,they did but waited in a day for the courrier ,no... (read more)
Written on: 25/03/2011
This could be an excellent machine. It is let down by the software. The latest firmware update - upgraded the menu graphics which were not a problem. Now the device crashes a lot and the menus are very sluggish. I'm taking my back for a refund. Pace should be very embarrassed. (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2011 by diablo944 (16 reviews written)
There are lots of reasons for why this box is both good and bad at the same time.
It is relatively expensive coming in at around 220-250 pounds, but when you first open the box it is a nice piece of kit and will not look out of place in any users set up. Being small makes it a nice standalone unit, though to keep it small meant the PSU is a brick on a lead affair so needs to be hidden away from view rather than just a cable to deal with.
Initial setup is easy with only a couple of moments... (read more)