You can further enhance this entire setup and convert it into a personalized TV unit by using the recording capabilities of the AverTV Box. All one needs to do is plug in any USB pen drive or USB external hard drive with sufficient available storage space for recording videos. Plug in the storage, set up the unit for recording and you are ready to record your favourite flicks or TV shows by simply hitting the record button on the remote. You can also assign the amount of storage for the time-shift using which one can pause, play, rewind and fast-forward live television shows and movies to skip advertisements and breaks. All recordings are stored on the drive connected to the USB port in .TS format. These files are stored with individual file names along with a date and time stamp for viewing later. These files can also be shared, saved and viewed on any regular media player on your PC. The videos are marginally compressed using the MPEG 1/2 codec (7098 Kb/s) with a frame rate of 50 fps and a resolution of 720 x 576 (576p). The audio is stored with a sample rate of 48 KHz and a bit rate of 192 Kb/s.
Composite AV in / out on the right side
What we also found out is that the AVerTV Box PVR does not playback any other video formats other than its own recordings that are in .TS format. This makes the PVR Box useless as a conventional media player for watching movies stored in DivX or MKV formats. But this box can be ideal for converting old analogue VHS and DV tapes into digital format for safe keeping and computerized editing. Other downsides of the product are that it cannot record videos from the VGA input source. This means you cannot record anything from your computer’s display out such as a video tutorial of software or game plays. But there is an expensive alternative to it and you can record it using an additional composite TV-out card installed on your PC.
The AverTV Box PVR also features scheduled recording with auto on/off feature to help record your TV programs and movies when they are played late at night or while you are at work. All you need to do is schedule the record timings, set the channel or input source (if STBs are connected) and the Box will do the needful without any further user intervention required. Never miss out an important serial, movie or game while you are out at work or shopping. The feature of auto on/off also helps save power as the device will automatically turn on, record the broadcast and shut off after it’s done till the next schedule is in line.
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Verdict and Price in India
Priced at a steep Rs 8,750, this product is very expensive for the features it offers. The same features can be obtained using any standard TV tuner card or USB dongle which is available for cheaper. The only plus point we see is the feature of recording videos on a USB drive so that they can be transferred, shared and viewed on any PC. If the product had the features of a standard media player and could alo play any AVI, DiVX, XviD or MKV files it would have been a good price. If you are considering this product for only recording television broadcasts, we would instead recommend opting for satellite TV set-top boxes which have recording features that are available for Rs 2,000 onwards. You can play, pause, rewind, fast-forward, record and schedule recordings of your favourite TV broadcasts at a lesser cost. But if you intend using this product for recording videos from external sources apart from STBs and cable TV, the product is a good alternative. We still find the price of the product a bit too high for the features it offers.
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