The hard-drive video recorder on the television packed up a while ago, so we bought a new one from Amazon, a Panasonic. It turned out to be complete rubbish, and I'm glad to say that Amazon took it straight back and refunded us. (The pick up was done by Yodel who, on the evidence so far, would have difficulty finding its bum in the dark, though they got there on the third attempt.)
The replacement, (another Panasonic, though rather more expensive) seems to be doing the job properly, the software is still a bit clunky and it will record vast amounts of program. It's a bit of a pity there are so few programs worth watching. I would go back to four or five channels and a VCR if given the choice, but the world has changed and there are very few products that don't come from China, mostly of fairly inferior constructional quality, and very sophisticated built in obsolescence.
While trying to get the rejected Panasonic to work, I fitted a new and expensive aerial. That improved it a bit, but it does make you wonder, my neighbour has a tiny scrap of a mangled thing which looks as if it has had Bruce Willis hanging from it at some time in the last 30 years, mounted and directed in an approximate manner, and he gets an excellent signal. (Though with the same dire programs.)