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It is the first HD DVR to feature CableCard support allowing it to work with any digital cable system in the United States.

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recordings are in full HD, no real loss of signal noticeable at all

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records full 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, and sounds completely lossless

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automatically catches every episode of the series you select very consistently

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

hard to figure out how to manually program a show without the TV Guide

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no audio or video inputs on the unit, won't work with other devices

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remote control buttons are very small and hard to work with

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if a series has a "special 2-hour episode", it will only catch the first hour

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local HD channels don't show up in the TV Guide system

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Sony DHG-HDD500 (along with the Sony DHG-HDD250) is the first HD DVR to feature CableCard support allowing it to work with any digital cable system in the United States.  This also means that it can take the place of a cable box, but also has the added ability to receive any any local digital and high-def stations not made available by your cable provider thanks to a built in over-the-air HD tuner.  The Sony DHG-HDD500 has a 500 GB internal hard drive which can store 60 hours of HD programming or 400 hours of SD shows.  The on-screen TV Guide EPG (electronic program guide) is completely free, unlike TiVo.  The HDMI output gives lossless HD quality video, with SD video capabilities plus multichannel digital audio.  There are several display formats and flexible aspect-ratio setting for virtually any television.  There is also a Memory Stick PRO media slot which makes it easy to enjoy playback of your digital photos and MP3 music files.

  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Width: 16.9 in
  • Depth: 14.1 in
  • Height: 3.3 in
  • Weight: 11.2 lbs
  • SD Recording Capacity: 400 hour(s)
  • HD Recording Capacity: 60 hour(s)
  • Storage Capacity: 500 GB
  • Pause Live TV: Yes
  • On-Screen Program Guide: Yes
  • Remote Control: Universal remote control
  • Remote Control Technology: Infrared
  • A/V Connections: HDMI , Component video output , Composite video/audio output , SPDIF output , S-Video output Slot(s)
  • Other Connections: 1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo
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