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Grundig strikes back with Freeview DVD recorder

While Freeview tuners have been pimping themselves out to portable DVD players from Toshiba and Bush recently, they’ve been less keen to hitch a ride

While Freeview tuners have been pimping themselves out to portable DVD players from Toshiba and Bush recently, they’ve been less keen to hitch a ride on full-sized recorders. This new Grundig, though, is here to start a trend.

Part of the outfit’s new UK re-launch range – no, we hadn’t noticed it’d been away either – the GUDVDR0IV serves up the usual array of 30 extra channels and 20 radio stations, which you can record onto DVD+R/RW discs.

There’s a handy seven-day EPG guide so you can sit down on a Sunday night and pick your TV menu for the week, and it also has an emergency one-touch record button if you’re about to miss The Gadget Show.  

It’s not the only Freeview ‘n’ DVD recorder combo in the wild – check out Panasonic’s ES20D and Sony’s GXD500 – but we’re expecting this Grundig to undercut them on price. It doesn’t have an official tag yet, but will be available from July.

Of course, a Freeview tuner is mere folly to those with Sky+ and the like, so Grundig has also made a DVD recorder with a 160GB hard-drive instead. It, naturally, has an obscenely long model number – GUDVDRHDD160V – and will also be available from next month.

Return here and at Grundig’s site for more info.