Making the most of recording on Freeview

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9 Dec • 6 min read

Streaming services might promise the entertainment world at your fingertips, but if you're a fan of British TV there’s some very good reasons why you should invest in a TV box which offers recording on Freeview. There are lots of options for your to choose from if you're interested in recording Freeview, and we have a range of TV boxes which can provide that capability. We’ve outlined some of the key reasons you should still consider one below, and how to make the most from it.

Complete control

When you're recording from Freeview, you’re not beholden to the whims of a streaming service who may decide not to renew their license for certain shows or put a time limit on when you can watch them. You and only you decide how long you’ll keep the recording for. And if you ever get bored of that recording, you can get rid of it and never think about it again. That means no more scrolling through page after page of irrelevant shows or trying to remember which streaming service you found the last episode on - just complete control over your viewing habits.

No wasted time

While some adverts are great, there’s only so many times you can see Snoop Dogg sing about Just Eat on All4 before you never want to see one again. And with a TV box that offers Freeview recording once your show is recorded you can fast forward through every advert without even the tiniest bit of guilt.

Picture perfect

If you care about picture quality, then recordings are the way to go. The HD picture you get from recording a live broadcast is almost always better than one from a stream - even if you have the best internet in the world.

Staying in the dark

Going to be out for your favourite show or sporting moment and terrified of having it spoiled? With a TV box that offers recording on Freeview you don’t have to risk seeing spoilers on a catch-up service - just avoid your phone, find your recording and watch away. Plus if you’re a sports fan, certain shows (like Match of the Day) are either unavailable on catch-up or only available for a limited time. Far safer to hit record on the 10.30 Saturday night airing and watch it at your leisure through the week.

Unreliable internet

We all have problems with our internet from time to time - often at the most inconvenient moment. A TV box that offers recording on Freeview means you’re never left frustrated by not being able to rewatch an old favourite or catch up on that last episode of Eastenders you missed because your internet is having a bad day. Just find your trusty recording and you’re good to go.


Giving your kids the remote on a streaming service is always a lottery. While they have kid-friendly modes, we all know children will figure out how to bypass them eventually. But with a recorder, there’s nothing for them to bypass. You can record their favourite shows for them to watch over and over and hand them the remote so they can control it for themselves. And kids love it too - they can rewind over and over - or even fast forward past scenes no one wants to see too many times.

There you have it - all the reasons why a TV Box that offers recording on Freeview can be the best friend your telly has ever had!

Why not take a look at our Manhattan T2R Recorder, which offers the ability to record, pause & rewind over 85 TV channels, and enables recording from Freeview of up to 300 hours.

Or have a look at our Manhattan T3R Recorder, which has a 1TB option which offers a massive 600 hours of TV recording.

What do you use recordings for? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or if you have more to say, email us - we'd love to hear from you!