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PrimeDTV PHD-VRX Full HD 1080p Dual Tuner Digital HDTV Recorder, Receiver and Media Center Box

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  • Two Tuner Recording Simultaneously
  • Timeshifting and Pause Live TV Show (Digital Channels)
  • Closed Caption Playback on Recorded TV Programs
  • HD Media Player and Super-scaling 1080p Media A/V Switcher
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: PrimeDTV
  • Model Number: PHD-VRX

Product Description

Get the most from your free digital Over-the-Air (OTA) and digital clear cable signals with the advanced and amazing Dual Tuner Digital Recorder, Receiver and Media Center Box, PHD-VRX, that decodes, records and plays in beautiful HD format! Thanks for its built-in dual tuner design. You can connect your digital and analog (NTSC) cable signals as well as digital broadcasting signal to tuner 1, and connect all digital signals to tuner 2 or any combinations you prefer. So that, you can watch many channels no matter from antenna or cable at your choice. Furthermore, if you need to leave the room, you can simply pause the current broadcast (for digital channels only) and resume watching when it's convenient with PHD-VRX timeshifting feature. Of course, recording digital TV shows is also very easy to do. PHD-VRX provides versatile recording methods including direct, manual schedule, or program guide (EPG) recordings. PHD-VRX is focusing on high-end digital recording. No analog channel recording and also not recording from other inputs. Another great advantage of PHD-VRX is that it records all shows to the external USB HDD. It makes unit less power consumption and also allow user to record shows freely up to hundreds of hours HD content within the range up to 2TB HDD storage size. Also, other great features of PHD-VRX are video enhancement and up-scaling on all inputs. PHD-VRX can output both HDMI and Composite video in the same time. The analog composite video output is for monitoring purpose, there are video and audio from composite but no on-screen graphic and menu. All set up procedures can be done from HDMI output. PHD-VRX comes with full-feature HD Media player. With the built-in Ethernet connector, PHD-VRX can play all HD media contents from its recorded shows or other media files and from either USB port or local network. So purchase PHD-VRX today! You will enjoy and discover all the benefits to make your HD entertainment system very enjoyable and more ...

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 14 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • ASIN: B008RHTXLA
  • Item model number: PHD-VRX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,282 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 1, 2012
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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134 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Mc on August 21, 2012
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May 27, 2014
Received the new PHD-VRX2 on this date as a replacement for my PHD-VRX which had failed. ePVision tried to fix my old machine and I was told by them that they were unsuccessful in that endeavor, they then offered me this new machine. The old machine failed a number of months passed the warranty date, so the people at ePVision really went out of their way to satisfy a customer. In a day when lots of companies sell products which they do not give much support to afterwards, I will have to hand it to ePVision for supporting its products.

I am not aware of what changes that were made between these two versions of this HD recorder. I will update this review as I become more acquainted with this new recorder.

May 20, 2014 Great news:
Received an email from ePVision today. It stated that ePVision tech support tried to fix my recorder with new parts they had recently received, but for some reason the machine still would not function as it should. In order to solve the problem, the company has offered to send me its new PHD-VRX2 machine. Now I am awaiting its arrival. Will add more when it arrives.

May 14, 2014 Bad news:
After about 18 months, my PHD-VRX turned into an expensive paperweight. For some months prior to that, the LED display started having problems, generally just continually showing BOOT on the display even though the machine worked. The Onscreen display worked just fine. Then several months before total failure, it started totally locking up requiring a complete power down and reboot before it would function for at least a period of time. Then in March, the machine just quit, locked up, and I could do nothing with it. Reboots would not help at all.
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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Generic Pen Name on August 6, 2012
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I've been paying $160 per month to the cable company to "bundle" my internet & cable service; I just cut the cable and now the media box will pay for itself in 3 months with the savings (kept the internet). I'm now able to watch the Olympics in HD with all the DVR options (and more) that I got with the DVR box: pause, rewind, fast forward, record....it's all there. I'm so glad I can finally stop paying for cable, this media box is the secret the cable company doesn't want you to know about! One note is that you will need an external USB storage device (such as a USB flash stick) to run the extra DVR settings, but other than that setup is very easy with a setup guide in plain English & photo instructions of where everything goes.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Wally on August 30, 2012
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I rated this DVR 3 stars for the product, but I'll give 5 Stars for the seller as when I requested a return telling them I was not happy with the user friendliness of the machine, I quickly received an RMA# from them and when I sent product back, the seller quickly issued a refund.

My reason for purchasing this DVR was to replace my DTVPal DVR. I love the DTVPal, but it has some quirks like sometimes recording programs in Spanish and recording programs with no volume. I had hoped this DVR would make a good replacement.

The picture quality of this machine is great. But there were several dealbreakers which made me go back to just continuing with my DTVPal.

After setting up and trying this DVR, in the end I decided to return it and use my DTVPal DVR (bugs and all) instead.

Among others, the following were three dealbreakers for my decision:

1) Pausing live TV takes several steps. Instead of just pressing a pause button on the remote that automatically puts the live program in time shift mode, one presses a button on the remote that then prompts you if you want to timeshift. If so, then you choose for how long. I like 60 minutes so select that. But then when viewing and timeshifting another program in the future, the process starts over again, defaulted to 5 minutes 2) no skip forward or backward 30 seconds to go past commercials. Instead only use of the forward and worst of all 3) When viewing a recorded program, there is no resume option. That is, if in middle of a program I need to stop the recorder, I can't continue by pressing the play button of that program. Instead the program starts again from the very beginning.

There aren't too many OTA DVRs to choose from and for some, this machine may be fine. But the dealbreakers mentioned above had me longing for the simplicity of my DTVpal DVR.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Hubert H. Ahn on November 21, 2012
This is an edited version of the review originally submitted on Nov 21, 2012.
I upgraded the rating from 2 to 3 stars.
It turns out that some of the CONS points previously stated are not actually CONS. So I removed or modified them. Either I overlooked some things or after installing a firmware update, the flaws were corrected.

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I'll get to the point by mentioning the Pros and Cons and make a conclusion.
PROS:
*) Versatile Tuners: It can tune and record both Over-The-Air ("OTA") channels and unscrambled cable TV channels ("QAM"). Some HD DVR's can record only OTA channels.
*) Two tuners: So one can record 2 channels simultaneously, record one channel while watching a recorded program simultaneously, etc.
*) No subscription fee. After one buys it, there are no more fees. But one must also obtain an external hard drive (more on this in the CONS section).
*) Fast Forward feature: When watching a recorded show, one can fast forward very quickly by holding down the "NEXT" key. The NEXT key, when pressed without being held down, skips forward about 25 seconds. So, when seeing commercials(typically 3 to 4 minutes), one can press this key about 6 to 8 times to get back to the show/movie. When this NEXT key is kept held down, it "flies" to any part of the recorded program.
*) Customer Service good: I called on 3 separate occasions during weekday business hours and someone answered the phone without any waiting time and answered my questions to my satisfaction. However, when I called on one weekend night and left a voicemail, nobody returned my call.
*) Favorite Channels: One has to first create the favorites list by assigning the channels he/she likes into it.
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