Will this wonder play media files from external flash drive or Hard disc ?

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Has the box a USB input to play media files from a flash drive or external hard disc eg MP3 / Picture files and avi DivX Mp4 etc movie files, and is it possible to back up (copy files) from internal disc to external disc via USB (as you can do all of the above with the Panasonic DMR-HW120EBK 500GB HDD Recorder with Twin Freeview +HD Tuners. With regard to timer settings this sounds appalling that you cannot add 10 minutes to settings to ensure you don't miss end of program - which often happens with late starts ! - Is this so ??
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Hi Grahame,

In short, no, you cannot use the USB. No, you cannot back-up recordings via disk to disk (via any means) and no, you cannot pad recordings, either.

Hmm, maybe this just isn't the box for you. lol.
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Hi, the box does have USB but does not currently play media files of any kind. There is a good chance this feature will come in the future.

The box also cannot export/backup any recordings. I personally think this is unlikely to appear, but I could be wrong.

You are unable to set padding for programs, because in theory you don't need it. The box uses signals sent by the TV networks to start and stop a recording exactly when a program is on. This works most of the time, but is not 100%.
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Thank you both for your speedy replies and feedback. Am quite frankly very disappointed with lack of both these features and somewhat surprised as these were features in PVR's years ago, and the Icecrypt T2200 / T2300 & T2400 I have tried out recently.

As far as using signals, only a few in fact broadcast a 'start' signal (BBC) but in spite of this missed end 2/3 minutes of Dragons Den on Sunday evening. I find on the old Humax I have, it very easy to add on a few minutes to scheduled recordings to avoid this, probably in most cases unnecessary but having been caught out before and a clip around the ear from the missus a time or two would sooner be safe.

Taking all this into account and what I really really want is :

1) HD tuner
2) Ability to record HD & SD channels
3) Twin tuner
4) Play media files MP3 / avi MP4 etc / JPEG picture show
5) Copy / back up hard disc to external source

not unreasonable I don't think. I note the Panasonic DMR-HW120EBK do's all that for £176 so methinks that could be the way to go.

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Go for the Panasonic DMR-BWT720 Blu-ray Recorder it does everything you want + its a 3D Blu-ray player that you can archive your recordings to either DVD or BD discs, surround sound via HDMI, series record, streaming via DLNA as Client or Server and it has a 1TB hard drive. Can have an External Hard Drive to add extra storage too.
I got one 2 weeks ago and very impressed available discounted for a tad over £400 + a promotion of 2 free Blu-ray films

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Sounds nice but £400 ! Wow

Limited budget (£100) but managed to get the missus to cough up another ton so nearly got enough for Panasonic DMR-HW120EBK -

In fact had a rush of blood and ordered one today with a terry bite HD - all being well will be set up & in clover this time tomorrow.

Will come back to forum and let you know if any good.
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