Summary: I had to return it for a replacement as the first one could not read the discs. Walmart was very good getting me a new one in just a few days. It is very easy to setup and operate. Glad I got the replacement.
Summary: I read other reviews before I made my purchase. I read good reviews but moreover I read the bad ones. To better understand their issues, I downloaded the user manual to see what they were talking about. The manual made perfect sense to me so I ordered the product. It arrived on time, and in good condition. Set up took only a few minutes. I spent the next hour getting familiar with the basic features.
Summary: My wife wanted me to buy her a VCR because that was the last technology she could make work. I bought this because I did not want to pay a monthly fee to either FiOS or TiVO, but still wanted to be able to record TV shows occasionally. I liked the idea that I could record a show, watch it later, and then either delete it or copy it to a dvd if I really wanted to keep it. I also thought I would like to try the whole "pause live tv" thing.
Summary: Love this little machine. It does so much so well. I upgraded from a VCR so there was a learning curve but Magnavox tech support is fast, free and helpful. No need to rent a DVR from the cable company. In fact I now watch and record OTA and can watch my favorite shows whenever it is convenient for me. I am very happy with it.
Summary: Unit did not record in using the S-VHS connection as advertised in the manual. The unit only has one output that is connected with audio. Making it difficult to send to two video sources. Perhaps this review is not fair since I was used to using a Pioneer DVD recorder, which has many additional and user friendly features. It is a shame that the Magnavox unit is the only unit available in the United States. I took the unit back to Walmart for a refund.
Summary: As far as I know this is the only digital recorder for over the air broadcasts. It works great! It is easy to use but the interface is a little dated. You do need to record at the highest quality rating if you have a large screen TV like mine. I have a 55 inch Samsung LED TV. If you do that the picture is very good.
Summary: I am behind the curve when it comes to the newer electronics and this machine requires time to learn. It is capable of doing much more than I need. Even though the manual is 122 pages and is well written compared to many I've seen, I have discovered some things by trial and error. As an example, the manual states if use the HDMI cable, CC or sub titles can not be seen. However this is true only if you use the 16.9 A/R, if you use the 4.3, CC/sub title does work.
Summary: The reason that I bought the Magnavox MDR533h recorder was because my Philips DVDR3576H/37 recorder no longer was able to transfer video from hard drive to disc after many years of service. I was hoping that the Magnavox would compare to the Philips since they both appear to be manufactured by the same company.To my delight the operation is the same and the end results are more than satisfactory.
Summary: I like this upgrade from analog VHS recording to digital. However, when I record a widescreen, I do not get a recording in widescreen. That aside, I am quite happy with the product. I have discovered that when recording in HD, I can only get two 1 hour shows on the DVR hard drive, but I have also discovered that recording in the lowest setting also gets a good result and I can store many more shows on the hard drive of the DVR.
Summary: The Magnavox was fairly easy to set up and start using. It's admittedly a bit of a learning curve to go back to a VCR-type programming by time and channel numbers rather than the more visual cable box DVR that I had grown accustomed to in recent years. This resulted in one user-error so far, recording the wrong show one night, as I didn't realize the network had changed its schedule.