We have had a couple of LG RHT497H and LG RHT498H HDD/DVD Freeview recorders coming into the workshop with slow/sluggish behaviour.

This can be improved but requires a workshop repair rather than in the home.

These recorders can also suffer with subtitles appearing and causing issues, there is a partial fix where subtitles will only appear during a recording but not on playback. Again this is something we would need to do in the workshop.
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