Originally Posted by dsmith901
What is the purpose of this device? Unless you have a BD burner and are willing to pay about $3 or more per blank, you are likely going to be archiving in DVD-R, which is limited to 480i anyway. For time shifting, a Tivo or Comcast HD DVR works great, or you can buy the ChannelMaster DVR7400 ($400) for OTA HD recording. FYI, I can record OTA HD on my Panasonic EH55 (480i of course) using a ChannelMaster HD OTA tuner with S-video output, and the results are very good.
For those of us in the US there is no use for this device; especially in light of the units you mention that are available to us with proper tuners. As far as burning to BluRay, even though BD-R blanks are $1 each and BD burners are $80, you probably won't be doing that with this box as there is no way to get the recordings out of it directly -- other than playing them into an SD DVD recorder or possibly a Hauppauge 1212 like you would do with any DVR other than a TiVo. The expandable USB-based storage is encrypted to the machine it was recorded on so there is no transportability of the original recording.
Record on multiple disks (external USB drives)
You can now seamlessly expand your storage capacity by connecting one or more USB disks to Magic TV. Recording, copying, moving, editing and playback from these disks is all fully supported. You control how they are used.
Note: Recordings are encrypted and can only play on the unit which originally made the recordings.
I too fail to see the continued fascination with this device. I can only assume profhat keeps bringing it up for the benefit of non-US residents who have access to freeview sat service.