Empfang Box/HDD Recorder
I'm looking for some technical advice please on "Digi-box" empfang box /HDD recorders to replace my current version that's given up the ghost.
I have WWZ as my internet and TV broadcast supplier and when I joined their ranks I was given a receiver and credit card sized card with chip. The receiver was pretty basic, offering nothing more than just the channel and what was currently being shown. Not long after, I went back to ask for a receiver that offered recording facilities as well. I was offered their only option which was a Kaon "something or other", and although they only had second hand units (returned rental stock), it did offer a pretty large internal hard drive and the ability to record 2 different programmes whilst watching a 3rd channel. As it was used, I was only charged CHF99, which has served me well. That unit has now packed in and died and would like to replace it.
Yesterday, I called into WWZ to ask if they had another, but was told they had no more, but I could rent one (different brand) within my agreement for another CHF26.50/month or I could buy a smaller receiver and simply connect an external hard drive to it for just CHF99. Got it home, got it all set up, external drive works, but as I didn't think to ask, I discovered I can only record 1 channel and whilst doing so, cannot watch anything else. Therefore, I want to get something much more suitable for my needs/wants.
I'll be straight up and honest and say I'm not a complete technophobe, but A/V kit, I'm lost in this kind of tech area.
My first question is, do I have to use the specific receiver that's offered by WWZ, or can I use a generic version?
If I can use A.N. Other brand not specific to WWZ, any ideas what I could look at as alternatives? I know what I want, but not sure I know what I need. I want a receiver that allows me to record multiple (or at least one) channel/s whilst watching another, an internal HDD would be ok, but not essential if there is an output to connect an external HDD to, and has the card slot to connect the receiver with my card/WWZ account and that's about it.
Any thoughts, advice gratefully received.