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brite-View BV-980H Digital HD DVR (for Antenna and clear QAM use) ,with 320GB HDD Built-in, EPG Supported,Time Shifting - Black

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  • Brite-view, BV-980H is designed for recording over-the-air (OTA) digital TV with 320GB HDD built-in & EPG
  • 320GB HDD built-in that can record up to 450 hours of SD content or up to 39 hours of HD contents
  • EPG (Electronic Program Guide), Time-Shifting function, Closed Caption Support and Parental Control With just a click
  • ATSC and Clear QAM Digital TV Reception & Energy Star Qualified
  • Easy Firmware Update To update firmware, users simply opt for the USB firmware update.
  • It is not tied to a cable or satellite service
  • You can scroll down the program guide and see "what's on", making it easy to pre-schedule the recording of your favorite show

Product Description

Product Description

Brite-view, BV-980H, Digital TV Recorder (ATSC HD PVR Settop Box), 320GB HDD built-in, EPC, Clear QAM

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Brite-view, BV-980H, Digital TV Recorder (ATSC HD PVR Settop Box), 320GB HDD built-in, EPC, Clear QAM

Product Details

User's Guide [2.07mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.2 x 1.8 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004XIB9UA
  • Item model number: BV-980H
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,055 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 10, 2011
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Customer Reviews

It does what it needs to do but is not very user friendly.
greasemonkey
It is hard to set the unit to record a program if it does not have the correct time on the system clock it will not start and end at the correct times.
SMD
It would not record a scheduled program, it would show that it was cued but failed to record, the channel guide was difficult to use.
dean

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

113 of 115 people found the following review helpful By East Bay Reviewer on July 20, 2011
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I think this high definition single-tuner hard disk recorder was a great concept on paper, but I think it was rushed to market before the user interface was thoughtfully created and tested. I ordered one and tested it extensively for two weeks, and ultimately returned mine. Mine got returned MOSTLY because it was apparently defective (so said brite-View technical support when I explained the problem I was having -- which was that it was not receiving a solid signal, so my video had pixelation in it, which in turned interfered with successful recordings -- recordings would end unexpectedly midway through recording). And no, I didn't have a bad feed or bad wiring. All my other digital devices (1 HDTV and 2 other digital recorders) worked flawlessly.

I was using the unit to record not from antenna, but from cable TV (it will work with either). It does work well (assuming you don't have a defective unit like mine apparently was) to record "QAM" digital cable TV signals -- that is, HD cable TV signals that are not encrypted by the cable company and do NOT require a cable company set-top box to be connected to your digital recorder or HDTV. I am just a "basic cable" subscriber and do not need/use a set-top box. My cable company (as many/most do) provides unencrypted HD channels of all the local broadcast TV channels in my area, plus a few others like community access channels. All that with no set-top box and for "only" about $20/month.

My unit's defect notwithstanding, the unit made beautiful HD recordings (when it could lock onto the cable signal).

However almost everything else about USING the unit was difficult. The menu's are not thoughtfully laid out and it takes lots of navigation to get from one feature to the next.
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108 of 115 people found the following review helpful By chris on July 11, 2011
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Probably like several other users, I heavily rely on digital OTA channels and netflix to feed my TV in the daily life. I found brite-view DVR might be a choice since it supports EPG schedule recording and usb port for increasing recording capability.

First, I have only used it for few days so I wasn't able to test out all of the features but I did get to test out the basic ones. Here are some thoughts:

1) the size,weight and built quality is decent enough.

2) user manual is not that useful and you probably need to download newer version on their website.

3) after finish initial setup, you have to press "menu" button on the remote to scan TV channels.

4) remote control is not really responsive.

5) it takes between 5-10 secs to load EPG and you can view detailed program description from EPG.

6) video quality is good. (I am using RCA ANT1650 with BV-980H)

7) takes too many steps to play my recordings under file management. (got the email form them and they will add shortcut on the menu for ME :)

When I emailed and called technical support to ask how I should scan OTA channels from 980H (not showing on instruction), they also told me they will update new firmware to fix some bugs and improve the performance by end of July. So far, it works as advertised to get 4 stars. I will wait for their new firmware and upadte my review later.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By kenbun on September 2, 2011
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I tried two of this item & neither was satisfactory. I returned the first one for a replacement. Now I am returning the second one for a refund. Both units had the same problems. The timer record function on both units was unreliable. They would often fail to record the scheduled time frame. The sound was also a problem. There would often be no sound when playing a recorded program or when viewing real time. I could get the sound to come in by toggling the source button on the remote (can not toggle this during play back, so I had to make sure the sound was working before starting play back.) This is not a game I wanted to play. The unit is not user friendly. It takes too many steps to find & play a recorded program. When viewing the list of recorded programs, there is no thumbnail preview. There is no provision to delete multiple programs at one time. There is no provision to lock (protect) a recorded program so that it does not accidently get deleted. These are the most irritating problems. There were more. I do not recommend this product.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 21, 2011
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Great idea, extremely poor execution.

I would only recommend this to someone who wanted to waste time and money. I returned mine.

Some of the problems:

1. Manual is nearly worthless. Eg, does not tell you how to play back what you have recorded. No support contact info in the manual.

2. The firmware that came with the unit is aweful. Must have been a 7th grade school programming project.

3. The firmware upgrade is not that much better. Must have been an 8th grade school programming project.

4. Could not get it into Pacific Daylight Savings time. No matter what I did, it would never show the right time. Finally gave up and let it be Pacific Standard time. This required a lot of conversion just to set up a recording time.

5. Twice I left the unit alone for a couple days. Turned on the TV. Unit had locked up on its own. This required a reboot by unplugging power.

6. Rebooting from turning power off and on caused some of the programming to disappear.

7. Program guide that loads on the screen is slow to load and slow to respond to the remote control.

8. Support is pretty much non-existent. My second call was never returned.

There is a need for a high-quality device to record over-the-air TV. Whichever company can actually make it happen will be a big winner. The company that put this device together is unlikely to be the big winner.

Interestingly, LG made an LCD digital TV with a built-in DVR that gets program information over the air. A friend has one of these and uses it only with over-the-air TV and it is fantastic. It is an LG 42LD1DR. Why LG does not produce a stand-alone digtial receiver with DVR is beyond me, because they obviously know how to make it work well.
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