Disclosure: Panasonic sent me the HWT150EB HDD recorder for review purposes, but the opinions in this post are my own and unbiased.
Remember those days when the children used to go to bed in the early evening, and the TV was yours for the rest of the night? Those days have long since gone in this house. I often go to bed reasonably early to either read or watch TV, and sometimes the boys are still downstairs watching TV when I’ve already headed up to bed! I’ve got a TV in my bedroom but it can be a bit frustrating when there is nothing on that I fancy watching.
So the thought of being able to record shows on my bedroom TV to watch later was very appealing, and I was very happy to review the Panasonic HWT150EB.
The Panasonic HWT150EB is a slim and neat twin HDD recorder (PVR) which allows you to watch Freeview on an HDMI compatible TV. When it’s connected to the internet, it also allows you to record two separate TV shows at the same time, as well as pausing and rewinding live TV. The 500GB Hard Drive can store hundreds of hours of shows, so I don’t have to worry about my shows being recorded over by Mark!
The Panasonic HWT150EB is supplied with an HDMI cable to connect it to your TV, which impressed me because generally I’ve had to buy cables separately. It even arrives with batteries for the remote, which always goes down well with me!
Now, I’m not a very techy person but I found this really easy to set up. The instruction booklet is comprehensive but also very easy to understand, and and it took me just a few minutes to hook it up to my TV. I had the Freeview TV channels up and running in next to no time and although I thought it would be more complicated to get the WIFI set up, it only took me a few minutes as well. If you don’t have WiFi running in your house, you do have the option to hook it up to a wired connection as well.
I love how easy it is to record programmes, and it’s so handy to be able to pause and rewind live TV. The Panasonic HWT150EB also has apps that watch my favourite Netflix and Amazon Prime shows on it, obviously you do need to be signed up for the relevant services to access those. Freeview Play allows you to look back over the past 7 days of various on-demand services like the BBC Iplayer or 4OD. And there are a few other little tricks that I’m looking forward to using, like the ability to hook a camera up to the box and display photos or play video on your TV.
All in all, this is a great little box, that I would definitely recommend. It’s ideal if you are looking to replace your monthly TV subscription or if, like me, you want to add the ability to record TV shows on a second TV.