Rated 4 out of
Excellent video, but buggy software
The Philips HDR5710 Is an excellent machine for cord cutters, but it's also proof that cord cutting is not quite ready for the masses. The video quality is truly excellent while watching live or recordings, but the user interface is more than just a little quirky. The tuner is not as sensitive as most TVs, so an extra amplifier is probably in order. Recordings will sometimes pixelize in a way that suggests that the machine is having a hard time keeping up, but the worst is yet to come.
Under no circumstances should you EVER attempt to rewind a video. If you rewind during the last chapter of a video the video will typically restart at the beginning. Rewinding near the start of a video is OK, but if you are at minute 25 of a 30 minute video and you start to rewind the video will restart at the beginning. If you attempt this a few times the machine will crash. Now the fun really starts; each time you attempt to watch the video the machine will crash. Since playing the video causes a crash, you'll be hard-pressed to delete the video because selecting the video instantly starts a preview, and with that, a crash! After a few crashes, with the CLANK of the hard drive head slamming against the stop, the video is sometimes deleted by the machine. I programmed a universal remote to skip back when the rewind button is hit, just to prevent video destruction and jack hammering the hard drive.
I mentioned quirky, right? The DVR will allow time shifting of a video quite easily. Just press Record while viewing and then press Play; with that you're time-shifting a live program. You can pause, skip back (don't press rewind, EVER, remember?), and fast forward sometimes. I say sometimes, because sometimes when you catch up with live video the DVR will crash.... again.
Another problem, if there's a power failure the clock will be lost even if you have it set for AUTO. That means programs will not be recorded until you manually tell the machine to use the AUTO clock setting, even though the machine is already set for AUTO clock setting.
So, there are a few quirks to driving the DVR, but the video quality is still very, very good. Hopefully Philips will read this and fix the firmware, so maybe, someday, the video quality will be excellent and the user interface will be its equal.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 4 out of
great recording quality and easy to navigate thru menu.
my dvr has been a pleasure to own.
Bought it on amazon for a good price.
I record OTA and the quality is excellent.
My wife uses it more than me and she is happy.
My kids use the netflix a lot.
I guess more net tv features would be nice.
I shall watch for updates.
Sound is excellent too.
A happy camper.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of
No Problems With This DVR
This DVR records as easily as a VCR, and plays back as easily as a DVD player. You can record on one channel, while watching another. You can use a TV with an antenna, a cable wall line or a cable box. I use an antenna TV and a cable wall line TV. Everything has recorded as programmed and has played back beautifully. The DVR is so small that you can easily move it from one TV to another. Just make sure you set the clock after moving it. Unplugging the DVR makes it instantly loose its time. To playback, without having the DVR turn off, you must set the clock. Just do it manually; it only takes a minute. Connecting to the internet was simple, and Netflix looks as good as it does any other way I have streamed it.
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 1 out of
Has the makings of genius, but faulty in both firmware and hardware
This device has the makings of GENIUS, easy to use, high quality video, reliable in recording programs. However it is defective in both firmware and hardware. It was simply shipped before doing beta testing. It has the best quality of video and sound of my three OTA recording devices both in picture quality and least interference of signal. Unfortunately at least a third of the time I cannot get it to even begin to play back the program. Sometimes letting it sit with the choices on the screen, or deleting one of the last programs recorded or doing these things several times will allow a program to play. The HDMI works wonderfully on my machine, the video out RCA not at all.
I wish Philips would update the firmware and then I would give this product a 10 out of 10. Please Philips, do this. This should be one of the five best products that I have bought in my lifetime.
Date published: 2015-03-05
Rated 1 out of
Too little, too late
It's hard to think of one feature in this DVR that is new or can't be found in other HD-DVR systems at half the price.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 2 out of
Time consuming HDD bugs
I bought this to record HDTV off my antenna. When I go into the list function the DVR will only allow me to view 2 to 4 files before going into lock up and eventually rebooting. This is a time consuming process.
Date published: 2015-11-28
Rated 5 out of
Easy to use, Good quality recordings
Very easy to set up and use. Picture quality is as good as the broadcast, as are recordings. The ability to pair with a tablet or a smartphone to watch youtube is a definite bonus as this set up permits quicker browsing.
Happy with it, though playback sometimes (perhaps too often) skips to the end of the recorded program, forcing me to rewind.
Wish it would allow me to edit recordings (cut off beginning or the end, etc)
Date published: 2015-03-07