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Videotron Multi-Room HD PVR X8

Videotron’s New X8 PVR Impressive

I have been using Videotron’s new Multi-Room HD PVR X8 for about a week now and you can colour me impressed. This new device built by Cisco is a very powerful addition to my home TV system.

Videotron Multi-Room HD PVR X8

This new X8 PVR is a lot smaller and lighter than my current model and it runs quieter and a lot cooler too. I was impatient to try it out, so I just put it on top of my old unit connected the Videotron coax cable, the HDMI cable to my home entertainment system and powered it up. In 20 minutes it was ready to go.

Videotron X8 PVR

First step was to browse around the interface and set up such things as start-up channel, video output to 1080i and hide widgets. The video quality seemed slightly better than from my old unit but noticeable is how smooth interface is due to the faster processor. Channel changes are instant and scrolling through the TV guide is much smoother the my old unit. One pleasant surprise was the IR codes are the same as my old unit so I didn’t have to make any changes to My Logitech Harmony Ultimate Universal Remote.

Compare size Videotron PVRs

Now to test the marquis feature of the X8, the ability to record 8 simultaneous programs…that’s enough to satisfy everyone in the house. There is plenty of capacity too..the 2 TB drive will hold 234 hours of HD content or 1196 hours of SD content. I set it up to record 8 different channels all in 1080i HD.

Videotron X8 PVR Screen shot

Now with that many streams recording I was worried it might impact on my internet service which is on the same pipe. Well, I was impressed to see no reduction in my internet bandwidth. Even with 8 TV programs coming in..acttually 10 because I had the other two TVs tuned to different channels…I still had the full 60Mbps download and 10Mbps up.

Videotron Speed Test

I love the new  Videotron Multi_Room HD PVR X8. It is an impressive piece of equipment that allows me to record up to 8 simultaneous programs, I can watch these recorded programs on any one of the 3 TVs in the house. Or, I can start watching TV in the family room pause it and continue watching in the bedroom. From every location the operation is as smooth as silk and selections happen instantly.

Currently the X8 is only available for sale at $399 directly from Videotron. Installation is simply a matter of connecting a couple of wires if you already have Multi-Room feature installed. If you don’t have Multi-Room feature activated, you will need a $59.95 service call to set it up.

 

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

7 Comments
  • Jon Simon

    Did you notice any reduction in video quality? To have 10 feeds coming in at once there would have to be some heavy compression. Did you check out live sports?

    September 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • Bob Benedetti

    No difference in video quality vs watching live and there were no visible artifacts on a football game I recorded

    September 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm Reply
  • Wade Staddon

    Sounds very tempting to better feed my TV Queen.

    September 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Gordon

    Watching live tv mine is ok, but any recording on any channel. Has a dropped frame. Or twich. Like a bad edit. Every minute or so.
    Think I will call them to see what’s up with that because it is very annoying. It’s doing it all the time day or night. Any channel. But my other samsung terminal 2.0 is fine.

    September 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      I would absolutely call customer service. I have watched at least a dozen recorded programs with no problems

      September 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm Reply
    • Benoit Clermont

      I had the exact same problem. 2 X8 and 3 technician visits later I retuned it to videotron and when back to my old one. Very disappointed because I wanted it bad.

      October 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm Reply
      • Bob Benedetti

        I’m sorry you had such difficulty. Mine is running fine with nary a glitch..in fact it is more reliable than my other PVR and Receiver both of which occasionally have glitches such as video and audio dropouts requiring a power cycle to get rid of. I have not had a single issue with my X8 since it was installed.

        October 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm Reply

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