Record a program to watch it later: Almost every better TV today comes with a recording function. A USB hard disk is usually sufficient for this purpose.
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What do I need for TV recording?
Not all TVs have a recording function – but it’s now standard on slightly better-equipped models. To be able to use them, an external storage medium is usually needed. The user connects this to one of the USB ports of the TV, therefore the function is also called USB recording.
In principle, memory sticks and hard disks come into question here. On many TVs and Smart TVs with recording function, one of the USB sockets is labeled HDD – this is particularly suitable for TV recordings because it provides ample power for an external hard drive.
Advantage of stick. It is more compact, uses less power and makes no noise.
Advantage hard disk. They offer more storage space than USB sticks. SSD hard disks are recommended. Requires less power than classic models with rotating storage platters.
Attention. The recordings from the TV can usually not be played back or edited on the PC and usually do not even run on other TVs – such as your own second TV or friends – even if it is the same TV model.
How much memory is required?
A 90-minute feature film in HD resolution requires about 6 to 8 gigabytes of memory, depending on the broadcaster and the transmission path. If you want to store larger film files, a storage capacity of 1 terabyte or more is a good choice.
Does any TV work with USB stick?
Some TVs do not accept memory sticks and only record to hard disks. On the statements in the manual is not here always reliably. The Stiftung Warentest testers have been able to record TV movies on a USB stick even with TVs that, according to the manual, require a hard disk for recording. Some TVs require a minimum storage size of more than 100 gigabytes
The television recording works with every stick?
USB sticks often have compatibility problems – not every stick works with every TV set. One factor is the speed with which the stick can permanently write and read data. If it is too small, the recording does not work.
The TVs check the compatibility of the connected media when they format it for recording. This happens either automatically, as soon as the medium is connected to the TV for the first time. Or the user has to initiate it via the operating menu.
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Does the TV recording work with every hard disk??
With classic hard disks with rotating storage disks, there are sometimes problems with the power supply via USB, if the current via the USB port is not sufficient. Here it can help to connect the hard disk to the USB socket labeled HDD (if available) or to plug a USB distributor (USB hub) with its own power supply between the hard disk and the TV.
Also a Y-cable, which has two USB plugs on one side and draws power from two USB ports, can help in such situations. Otherwise, a somewhat more expensive SSD hard disk or one with its own network part has to be found.
What is the difference between the record and pause button??
The classic recording function is used to record programs and watch them at a later time. With the pause function – also called time-shifted television – you can temporarily pause the current program and continue watching it after a short interruption: Simply press the pause button, briefly go to the phone or the refrigerator, and then continue watching at the same point. As soon as the viewer leaves this pause mode, the buffered recording is automatically deleted.
The distinction between pause and record functions also has licensing reasons: Broadcasters can block the recording option for certain programs, but still allow the pause function. Note: A few models can record TV programs, but not pause them.
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How to program recordings?
Use EPG. The most convenient way to do this is via the TV’s electronic program guide (EPG): select the desired program from the list, adjust the start and end times manually if necessary, and you’re done.
Timer list. With some devices, the recording times cannot be changed directly during EPG programming. Here the user must open the entry in the timer list again separately, if he wants to correct the times. This is a bit more cumbersome. Practical: With some devices, the user can set standard buffer times, which the TV then automatically adds to the specified start and end times each time during programming. For example, the TV will always record for 15 minutes longer than the duration of a program according to the EPG. This should be enough in most cases, so that even delayed programs are recorded to the end.
What can I record at all?
Unlike external hard disk or DVD recorders, most TVs can only record the programs of the built-in digital TV receivers – i.e. digital cable (DVB-C), satellite (DVB-S) or antenna TV (DVB-T).
Can I record one program while watching another??
Most TVs can play back an older recording while recording a program in progress. Simultaneous live viewing of a program and recording of any other program is only possible with a television set that has a double receiver (usually called a "twin tuner"). Twin tuners are usually found only in higher-class models of the providers. Click here to go directly to the filtered view of all
Can also record encrypted broadcasts?
If a television set with recording function can display encrypted programs, it is at least technically capable of recording them. However, the broadcaster can tell the TV that it is not allowed to record a certain program by sending signals along with the program.
Can I view my recordings on other devices?
With the vast majority of TVs, recordings cannot be edited and can only be viewed on the same device that was used to record them. Even another copy of the same TV model will refuse the return. Therefore, the recording function of most televisions is not suitable for archiving programs or sharing them with friends. Exceptions to this rule only exist at Technisat.