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  Bell ExpressVu 9242 Dual Tuner HD-PVR Satellite System

Words from the company:
This high definition PVR with dual tuners from Bell boasts the ability to record up to 200 hours of your favorite standard or 30 hours of high definition programming to watch whenever you want. It also pauses, plays, stops, fast forwards and reverses live TV in four different speeds. And with dual tuners you can view separate television programming simultaneously. 

Product Features
Pause live TV, play, stop, fast forward and fast reverse at 4 speeds, skip forward, skip back, view in slow motion or frame-by-frame, set manual/auto record event timers, and quick record.

Watch and record two live programs or record two programs while watching a third pre-recorded program or Picture-In-Picture (PIP) capable even with a non PIP TV.

Connect it to two TVs (1 HD, 1 SD) for separate television program viewing/recording on each TV.

Up to 200 hours (combined of SD & HD) of 100% digital picture and sound video recording.

480p, 720p or 1080i resolutions supported via HD outputs on TV1.

Onscreen Programming Guide with Picture-in-Guide display and up to 9 days of program listings and information.

Access ExpressVu interactive TV services (iTV) including news, sports information, video games and enhanced TV programs.

Separate locks for ratings, channel, adult and Pay-Per-View channels for each user.

HDMI (1.0) digital output allows for a digital-to-digital connection for HDTV digital input equipped televisions.

  • Integrated off-air tuner for reception of local digital/HD and analogue broadcasts.
  • Independently watch and record on two TVs
  • The ability to pause live TV
  • Fast forward and fast reverse at 4 speeds (4x, 15x, 60x, 300x)
  • Skip forward 30 seconds, Skip back 10 seconds
  • View slow motion or frame-by-frame
  • Set auto record timers
  • The dual tuner provides multiple viewing options including:
  • Single Mode: watch and record up to two live programs,
  • Record two programs while watching a third (previously recorded), or
  • Use the receiver's Picture-In-Picture function
  • Programming Guide with up to 9 days of program listings and information
  • ExpressVu Interactive Television
  • Parental locks
  • Call Display with history
  • Picture-In-Picture including split screen
  • Name-based recording (VuPass)

Technical specs:

  • QPSK & 8PSK, Mpeg-2 & MPeg-4 compatible
  • HDMI (1.0) digital output
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound via HDMI & Optical outputs
  • Rear Panel Connections:
    • 2 satellite tuner inputs
    • 1 UHF Pro remote control antenna input for included antenna
    • 1 ATSC antenna input for off-air digital/HD broadcasts3
    • 1 telephone jack
    • 1 USB 2.0 port (PocketDISH compatible)
    • 1 Ethernet port (for future use)
    • 3-prong power cord
  • TV1 Connections
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video output
    • 1 set of Component (Y Pr Pb) video outputs
    • 1 S-Video output
    • 1 set RCA-type audio/video outputs
    • TV1/TV2 stereo Agile modulated output
    • 1 optical digital output for Dolby Digital and PCM Digital audio
  • TV2 Connections
    • 1 set RCA-type audio/video outputs
    • 1 Agile modulated coaxial output to distribute programming to a remote TV location

ยท        Remote Controls:

    • Can be programmed to operate up to 3 devices (TVs, VCRs, DVD Players)
    • One universal infrared (IR) 4-component remote control. Controls "TV1" (main TV location).
    • One universal UHF Pro configurable 4-component dual frequency remote control. Controls "TV2" (second TV location).
    • Controls the satellite receiver through walls and other obstructions (UHF Pro operating range of up to 200 feet unobstructed).
  • Weight & Dimensions:
    • Size (approx.): 3.5" H x 16" W x 13" D
    • Weight (approx.): 11 lbs.
    • Color: Black

The Review:
I would like to first talk about the good features. When this system was first set up for me to start testing the PVR and the satellite system, I was very excited as I have been using Cable HD and I was not happy with the cable quality so I was hoping that the satellite system would be better. I was pleasantly satisfied in very short order. The movies did not pixelise and the signal was strong and clear. With more movies and channels that you can shake a stick at, the only problem was the quantity of the menu I had to go through to pick out what I wanted to watch. We then had a power outage and I had lost all the channels so I was calling the support line on a Sunday afternoon to help me fix it. In no time I was talking to a young lady technician out of Toronto who had proceeded to walk me through step by step to recover all my channels. She spoke clearly and was pleasant the whole half an hour it took to go through the whole thing. This type of service alone is worth getting hooked up with Bell for the satellite TV system.

Next, I found that even without reading the manual that came with the DVR that I could set up the automated recording of weekly shows for me to watch at my own time with the ability of fast forwarding though commercials. What a wonderful feature of the DVR. Also while we were watching a show live, if the phone rang we could actually pause the live show and continue it after scrolling past the commercials again. I did not even come close to testing all of the special features that this PVR model had to offer but it looks like I will be definitely buy one for our personal use because once you have access to a PVR, you just cant live without one.

When comparing Shaw Cable (what I currently have) and Bell ExpressVu, I am sorry but it is like night and day. Bell far outclasses the signal quality and lack of interruption  shaw cable TV. Also, in the high def you can control the screen whereas with cable you cant. So, in my opinion, Bell wins hands down.

Now, the bad part of this review. One major complaint I have is that although you can program the PVR to record all the shows of the same name, the programmers that produce the menu should also provide info whether it is a NEW show or a repeat so that if you only wanted to record the latest and new ones, the PVR would do that. The other much bigger complaint that I have is that I will have to return this system and I will miss it more than anyone can imagine.

Good going Bell, this PVR is definitely a great product for all to buy and use. 


Review ID Number: 724
  Product Details
Bell ExpressVu
Review Date: 2008-08-05
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 10 out of 10
 
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