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Easy HDTV DVR

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very nice, easy to use DVR."

    July 18, 2013  |   By FishEnthusiast

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.3.13

    Pros

    Very reliable, it's more reliable than my DishNetwork DVR.
    Free guide data from the video signal.
    Good for a computer that is not a dedicated HTPC.

    Cons

    No cons for me.

    Summary

    I really like this program, does what it does, being a DVR, very well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Adds Guide Scanning in Background"

    March 20, 2012  |   By popeye1128

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.3.8

    Pros

    I've already said what I like about this program in previous reviews of earlier versions so I won't repeat.
    The main thing I noticed with this release is that it has the option to scan the on air program guide in the background when it is active.

    Cons

    The same. No analog which many low power local stations now use.
    Need to load codecs to optimize its performance.

    Summary

    I still love it! Simple, small and does what I want. I have an ATI graphics card which has AVIVO video converter and it does a fantastic job of shrinking large HDTV DVR-MS files to other formats that fit on portable media players but still looks good.

    I've used the other bloated programs including Windows Media Center. I'll stay with Easy HDTV DVR.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Even Better!"

    August 20, 2011  |   By popeye1128

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.3.3

    Pros

    This new version is even better. It allows you to set an external drive for the video buffer when not recording thus eliminating read/writes to the primary hard drive which is a lot when watching an hour long HDTV show.

    Cons

    Maybe not for those who don't know how to install codecs. It really shines when tweaked with right ones.

    Summary

    This is still my favorite DVR software for my laptop and I use it almost everyday.
    Works great on Windows 7 64-bit with the right codecs installed.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I Like It. It is simple, reliable and just plain works."

    February 8, 2011  |   By popeye1128

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.3.0

    Pros

    Simple. Easy HDTV DVR allows me to choose the decoders I want, both audio and video. Very low resource use recording in background. Easy channel select/deselect. Unlike MCE, a right click of the mouse lets you get to the all the settings. Beautiful!

    Cons

    Records in dvr-ms format.(I actually prefer it for later conversion as .ts files are too prone to data drops that converters don't like and tend to crash.) Basic viewing, recording, scheduling. No analog.

    Summary

    Not a lot of fancy stuff but what it has works. There is even a newer version on their web site and a 64 bit version which I am using on my Win7 64 laptop. I've tried, and even purchased, many of the other DVR programs and always come back to this one. For me, the others are not near as reliable. Excellent customer service using email. They have always responded in a few hours to my questions.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and Works!"

    November 2, 2010  |   By popeye1128

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.2.1

    Pros

    Very basic viewer and recorder. Works well on my 64 bit Windows 7 laptop with the DVICO 5 usb tuner.

    Cons

    Doesn't have the bells and whistles of the larger programs but none of the headaches either. No analog.

    Summary

    I like it! Simple setup and use. Works better than MCE in my opinion as you can actually see what your setting up instead of it all being done behind the scene. It records in dvr-ms format which I prefer. I've has problems with Transport Stream recording having data breaks which video converters don't like. The dvr-ms files are also a bit smaller than ts files.

    Updated on Nov 2, 2010

    Forgot to mention their customer service is excellent. I lost my registration code when my old laptop died. I emailed them and had the code several hours later! I think it was 3-4 years ago when I bought the previous version. Very impressed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total Headache.."

    September 3, 2009  |   By perihelion123

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.1.2

    Pros

    Small size

    Cons

    Doesn't do the job!
    No auto configuration

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple to setup and use."

    February 12, 2009  |   By popeye1128

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.0.2

    Pros

    Very small size. Not bloatware. It worked on my Vista Home Premium notebook with DVICO Fusion HDTV5 USB Gold tuner without any tweaking.
    Listed as $35 but site now has it at $30.
    Very easy to set up and use. Simple program guide, click to record.

    Cons

    No manual or help files but easy to figure how to use.
    If you don't have the right decoders already installed you will have to find them. I'm using the NVIDIA Video decoder and the InterVideo NonCSS Audio Decoder for Sasem on Vista Home Premium.

    Summary

    Great simple non-bloated program!
    If your looking for DVR/PVR software that just does what it's supposed to do without a bunch of hard to setup bells and whistles then this is it.
    And yes, it does pause, rewind etc. and you don't have to worry about deleting the buffered file after watching if you didn't record. It does it automatically!
    For me this beats the other bloatware that costs $60-70. I've tried them and nothing but headaches.
    Get this if you like things simple!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply the best"

    November 20, 2008  |   By VideoMonger

    Version: Easy HDTV DVR 1.0.2

    Pros

    Very compact, not bloatware. Works just like you'd expect a DVR to work.

    Cons

    aboslutely none.

    Summary

    Exactly what I wanted in a DVR, compact, easy to use and reliable.

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