How can I record one channel while watching another?
The simple answer is that you need two tuners – one for recording, and one for watching something else.
Two digital TV tuners?
It’s probably best to take Freeview as an example. If you want to watch one Freeview channel whilst recording a different Freeview channel, you would need two Freeview tuners.
This could be a combination of the following:
- A TV with Freeview built-in, and a DVD recorder with Freeview built-in
- A DVD recorder with Freeview built-in and a Freeview box connected to your TV
- A TV with Freeview built-in and a video recorder connected to a Freeview box
- A Freeview hard-disk recorder that has two tuners built in (Known as a Twin-tuner PVR)
- A Freeview hard-disk recorder that only has one tuner built in, and a TV with built-in Freeview
- A Freeview hard-disk recorder with just one tuner built in, and a Freeview box connected to your TV
If you’re looking for a simple solution that allows you to record one show whilst you record another, then consider a Freeview PVR. PVR stands for ‘Personal Video recorder’ and it’s a box that records TV shows on a hard-drive that’s built into the box. Typically, they can record hundreds of hours of telly, and don;t use videotape or DVDs.
You should look for a Freeview Recorder (PVR) with twin-tuners, such as the excellent Humax PVR9300T, pictured here. A box with lets you watch one channel while recording a second channel without the need for a Freeview-enabled TV or a second Freeview box.
Get a SKy+ or Sky+ HD box. These are probably the most well-known PVRs on the market in the UK. These are twin tuner PVR boxes and will let you record one satellite channel whilst watching a different satellite TV channel. They also let you pause and rewind live TV, and support Series Link, so you don’t miss an episode of your favourite show. More on Sky’s Sky+ pages