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Subscribing to two different satellite TV packages and not owning a digital video recorder is like going on vacation to an exotic location and not bringing along your camera. Of course, you will still have your memories, but it would be nice to be able to relive them as well as share the experience with others.
Occasionally a movie will play on HBO, Cinemax, or TCM (Turner Classic Movies) that I would really like to have a copy of and now I can, with one of the systems anyway.
The DVR2008 will not work with the satellite receiver and digital access card subscription solution provided by the Chinese satellite company HBOCN. I suspect this may be an idiosyncrasy of their particular satellite receiver and access card because the DVR2008 refuses to record shows on free-to-air stations that are unencrypted, reporting across all stations (regardless of encryption status) that the program is "Copy Protected."
As the subscription to the second satellite TV package is controlled via the Internet (also through the company HBOCN), and not a digital access card, the DVR2008 has no difficulty recording from that receiver. If you purchase the Internet access solution for Dream TV from HBOCN, you should have no difficulty using the DVR2008 to record programs.
It would have been nice if the DVR2008 included a DVD player and the absence of time search capability is very inconvenient when you need to return to a specific point later on in a movie or show. In addition, the device appears to be very temperamental when stacked beneath or too close to other electronic devices: you can hear a low humming feedback coming through the audio and the DVR2008 fails to respond to its own remote control. You will need to make certain that all neighboring devices are properly plugged in and grounded and, even then, there may still be some interference. I suspect that the DVR2008 may not be properly insulated.
The Philips DVR2008 comes with a 160GB hard disk drive that seems more than enough to suit my needs and there are numerous recording quality options that range from HQ (high quality, approximately 2GB per hour of recording) to SLP (around half a gigabyte of storage per hour of recording).
Perhaps the best "feature" of the Philips DVR2008 is that it may be the only DVR available throughout mainland China. You will find it at Gomei (a large chain appliance and electronics store) as well as at most Friendship Stores. We paid 1,350 yuan for ours and--given that it does what it is supposed to and despite some of the limitations noted above--I would say it is good value for the money.
The ability to copy recorded movies to and from a USB removable disk is a great feature. The device supports One Touch Recording (OTR) as well as One Touch Pause Live TV, which is useful if you are interrupted while watching a favorite show.
The Philips DVR2008 does not include a time search feature or DVD player which is why it loses a few points in both the Features and Design categories above. If you want to resume watching a recorded movie or show, or conduct an A-B edit (cutting out an unwanted piece of video from point A to B) you will need to simply fast forward: There is no way to advance using a time search.
If the DVR2008 is placed too close to other satellite receivers or electronic devices that lack a grounding pin (as one would typically place it under the satellite receiver), you will receive interference with the remote control.
Finally, the DVR2008 lacks any sort of a useful front panel display. A blue LED displaying the model number and a red light that glows when you are recording are the only visual cues provided on this model.