Key Features: Extremely slim 146mm chassis; 500GB hard drive; Twin Freeview HD tuners; HDMI output

Manufacturer: Echostar

Quick Glance
Freeview HD Yes
Charging/Computer Connection 2
Toslink S/PDIF 1
Antennae 1
Physical Specifications
Height 14
Width 270
Depth 204
Type Freeview PVR
Hard Drive Size 500
Recording Time 300
Freeview HD Yes
Number of Tuners 2

Christopher David Lee

November 13, 2014, 3:54 pm

I have purchased a Echostar 610R and finf it has an impressive performance. However there is one issue which needs highlighting. It clearly states on the box "Twin Tuner pause live TV record two programmes at the same time or a complete series". I asked the Curry's salesman to show me recorders which were capable of recording two programmes at once and he demonstrated the 610R. However I find that you can only record two programmes at once if you are actually watching one of them at the time - this was confirmed by Echostar customer services. That means if you are working away or on holiday you can only record one programme. If you ask it to record two it records nothing. Please bear this in mind if purchasing this unit.

Christopher David Lee

December 18, 2014, 4:02 pm

Update, Had a ring from Echostar technical people and problem fully resolved. I was able to update the software to the latest version. To get things started I went to their site and downloaded the later software to a pen drive. Simply by plugging this into the USB on the back of the unit I was taken to a simple menu and asked if I wanted to run the software. Simple click and all went smoothlu. I can now record two programmes at once including HD. Great! Plus you can download recordings through the USB port on the rear of unit to watch on a laptop or tablet.

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