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£153 Sony SVR-HDT500 500GB FreeviewHD set top box

If you don't mind buying a refurbished product that comes with a full one-year warranty, then check out the Sony SVR-HDT500, a Freeview HD digital TV recorder that's currently on sale at Bargaincrazy, the official outlet for the Shopdirect group, for as little as £153 after a 15 per cent discount that expires tonight (the code is W15). Note that the price doesn't include delivery.

The device – which is also known as the SVRHDT500BCEK - comes with two Freeview+ HD tuners as well as a 500GB hard disk drive that allows it to record up to 125 hours' worth of HD content (that's more than five days). It incorporates Series Link capability, an 8-day EPG, two USB port, an HDMI input, Sony Bravia Sync, which allows it to interact with any recent Sony TV set.

Other notable features include one-touch record capabilities, Dolby Digital compatibility, a LAN port, composite, two USB ports, digital audio coaxial, analog audio and RF I/O connectors. Note that (a) there's no SCART connector and (b) it consumes 30W in normal use and 700mW in standby mode.