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Samsung unveils its first Freesat+ HD personal video recorder

Samsung SMT-S7800

With its 500GB hard drive, it offers up to 250 hours of standard-definition, or 120 hours of high-definition, recording. The built-in twin Freesat HD tuner allows recording of one channel while watching another.

The '+' functionality means you can pause and rewind live TV broadcasts.

In addition, the SMT-S7800 is wi-fi enabled, so viewers can access Freesat's on-demand services such as YouTube and BBC iPlayer. Support for ITV Player will follow shortly, Samsung says.

There's a USB port on the front, one HDMI input, an optical digital output and ethernet connection.

A smart EPG (electronic programme guide) gives channel listings, series link, a recorded programmes lists and remaining disk space available.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.