We can't even remember what it was like before Digital TV. Just think, you had to actually go out to the shops instead of relying on jaundiced women selling you 'diamonique' gifts all day on the shopping channels. You had to wait a week for Top of the Pops instead of being able to see the same three music videos repeated all day on the music channels above a mysterious rolling screed of desperate teen text chat. And you had to get your fix of Big Brother once a night instead of being a social outcast and watching it at 3 o'clock in the morning. Hmm, maybe the world was a better place after all.
Still, the French have an answer in the form of this Sagem PVR6280T hard-drive recorder. With it, you can cut out the crap and create a library of your favourite programmes on the 80GB hard drive. We set the box up this morning to find something worth testing this feature with, but all we could find was The Jeremy Kyle Show (topic of the day: 'Did I sleep with you? Is it my baby?'), Car Booty and Judge Judy.
In terms of a product, the Sagem looks like a serious challenger for our Freeview box of choice, the Thomson DHD4000. Best of all, it has two tuners so it can record two channels at once and store over 40 hours of programmes. We'll give it the full going over in a first review next week. -GC
Update: this review is now live here.