Tech Review: Panasonic HWT150EB HDD Recorder

The Panasonic HWT150EB* Twin HDD Recorder is one of those gadgets that you don’t know how much you need until you get one. It’s a little bit of TV viewing luxury!

The Panasonic HWT150EB is a twin HDD recorder (PVR) which allows you to watch Freeview, pause and rewind live TV, and record two TV shows at the same time.

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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. 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. So I was very happy when I was given the chance to review the Panasonic HWT150EB.

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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. And you can also use it to pause and rewind live TV.

The 500GB Hard Drive can store hundreds of hours of shows. So I won’t have to worry about my shows being recorded over accidentally!

How to Set up the Panasonic HWT150EB

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. It only took me 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 might be complicated to set up the WIFI, it only took me a few minutes. You do have the option to hook it up to a wired connection as well.

How to Use the Panasonic HWT150EB

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 trying out. Like the ability to hook a camera up to the box and display photos or play video on your TV.

Panasonic HWT150EB – My Review

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.

The Panasonic HWT150EB* is available online and on the High Street.

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