Originally Posted by Greasemonkey
Thanks. I'd seen the older Magnavox unit, but was turned off by the reviews claiming that you couldn't watch one HDD recording while it was in the process of recording another timer program, and couldn't finalize a DVD if there were *any* timer programs pending. The Philips unit allows for watching one HDD program while recording another, and I have no problem finalizing a DVD if the next timer recording isn't coming up for several hours. Hopefully, the new Magnavox unit will be different. Any idea why Philips discontinued their unit? If you look at the Magnavox web site the information at the bottom of the page states that they are owned by Philips. A year ago I would have bet big money that most electronics manufacturers, with the exception of Sony would have had DVDR/HDD units with all kinds of bells and whistles by now.
Philips exited the consumer electronics market in Sep 2008, handing over their LCD TV and recorder business to their mfg. partner, Funai, a Japanese company.
Funai built Philips 3575 and 3576. Funai is now licensing the Philips "Magnavox" brand name for its own recorders. ONE reason others "exited" the HDD recorder market was the U.S. digital transition, where we use ATSC rather than the more world-wide DVB-T system, so the U.S. market essentially stands alone in the digital TV world and requires a "special" design. We're so special!
Anyway, the Mag 2160A does record one channel while watching another on your TV (only one tuner, like all others), or you can play a prev. recorded HDD title or a DVD while recording. You can also Chase Play a recording in progress.
Virtually all things the 3576 does the 2160 can do, and it does it in the same familiar way as the 3576 using the same operating system... PLUS the 2160 has a much better/cooler Pause Live TV (PLTV)... it buffers in the background up to 6-hours of the channels you tune, so when you press PAUSE, you really are pausing live TV, and you can then press PLAY to take up where you left off OR go back up to 6 hours and watch the PREVIOUS buffered live TV, and save the buffer to the HDD if desired. It's really cool!
The 2160A does have a FW bug that prevents Disc Edit ops (Finalizing, Formattting, Erasing, etc.) if timer rec programs are set. HOWEVER, there's a simple workaround as a temp. fix or a Funai FW Update as a permanent fix. These are described in this help file.