My DVD recorder is no longer picking up channels so I cannot record.This happened after the digital change over. The TV is digital and works fine, I just can't record programs. Help please ??
I don't want to kill your hope, but in my knowledge the RDR recorders that has a freeview tuner built-in are the ones with code HXD (i.e RDR-HXD770/870/970/1070 and RDR-HXD890/990/1090). Your model type doesn't have the D after HX so it is enabled only for analogue signal, that means that it will be never again able to receive any tv signal after the digital change-over. You may still be able to use it as a recorder only via an external set-top box (or even the TV itself) connected via scart. Otherwise it will be only a dvd player for the time being.
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I'm afraid rooobb is correct..
The Sony RDR-HX525 does not have an digital terrestrial tuner as shown in the specs..
However you could connect your RDR-HX525 to a set top box, instructions can be found on page 13 of the User Guide should you need them..
Well, Well, Well , as Experts said your model don't have digital tuner , so the firmware update will do nothing about the problem
Apologize about the confusion I got about your model number
I have the same recorder and the same problem. Basically I just want to get Guide Plus back. I am not interested in Sky or Cable. Please can someone suggest the simplest solution to this? I have the user manual. My TV is a Sony Digital Bravia bought at the same time!! TV is fine and picks up both Digital & Analogue. The Guide Plus stopped working in the Spring. It was then I found out I had been miss sold.
I'm sorry chitke80, Guideplus is dead . In your recorder (and by the way also in mine that HAS a digital tuner) Guideplus was meant to work only with an analogue feed. Now that there is not any analogue signal anymore, they just stopped supporting it. It seems that you may still have it working via a sat feed, but unless you already have it I wouldn't suggest you to try.
Thanks for closing that door! So how do I make this recorder work in Digital mode am I trying to acheve the impossible.? The quality is very good and I simply want to be able to record the odd program to view later (like what I used to do). I presume it will play non digital cd's?
please don't blame me for your recorder .
Regarding your further questions:
Thanks for confirming my CD/DVD player will play any material and you are correct the HDD will play the materilal left on it.
Please can you recommend a decorder with a timer and the name Sony on it?
btw will the recorder still work in analogue? I will try and see.
Onwards & upwards,
unfortunately SONY, AFAK, is dismissing this sector. In the catalogue you should still find the DC series that spot the SONY name, supports the new Guideplus digital feeding, has a double tuner (one digital and one analogue) and do most of the things your HX is capable to do (not all). In my personal opinion, the HX series are better (and faster) than the DC ones (I own an HXD870 that works very fine, even if it has lost the guideplus feature), but it depends which actual use you want to do with the recorder. If it is basic and you find one to buy you can go for it. I know that in the UK market there is also the SVR series that on paper has better features (i.e. double digital tuner) but has not a DVD drive,so really depend on what you wnat to do. Out of the SONY world there are better option (i.e. Bluray recorder, double HD digital tuner, Guideplus, SD/USB full support) but they are very expensive (more than 600 EUR).
Regarding analogue support, for sure your recorder will still work but in my knowledge in UK they should almost completely switched it off...
I went into a local store and for £19.99 I think there is a solution. I will probably go for the one @ £24.99.
You have been most kind,
I'll let you know how I get on.
as I said it depends really on what you want to do. If you choose to add a digital tuner to your existing recorder because your are satisfied by it that's a good choice.
One more suggestion: if you go for it be sure to buy one that has its own timer functionalities so you still have to set the timer twice (one on your recorder for getting the input from L1 and one on the decoder to switch it on an selecting the right channel) but at least you don't have to deal with the decoder manually (avoiding the risk to record a black signal for 2 hours ).
By the way, looking at the one @24,99 EUR it says you can receive "up to 50 Freeview channels" : in Italy we get more than 300 channels on DVB-T, why is it so limited?
"up to 50 Freeview channels"
I thought that very strange as we have 100+
I will check that out. I will update you in a week or so
There is an option of how to get around the digital problem. If you have Sky, you can connect video/audio cables (red, white and yellow) into the back of the Sky box and connect the other end into the video camera inlet on the front of the Sony HX525. I am still able to make direct DVD recordings this way.