Freeview hardware con?

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by thebigkung, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. thebigkung

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    Hi Peeps,

    Except for external connections, are there any differences between the freeview boxes?

    I have see 4 in Currys which were completly different priceses with different branding names on them but they were Idential in every other respect. The same size, the same ports. The led lights and heat vents in the same positions.

    They ranged from £60 to £90. Are you getting any more for your money with the higher priced items?

    Best Regards,

    Len
     
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    Better quality build ?
     
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    Nope :smashin:. These 4 seems to be from exactly the same factory but with different brand names and fronts.
     
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    Every manufacturer regardless of if a product is built in house or contracted out has their own specific overheads and what sort of profit margin to include, sometimes simply based on their position in the market and what they consider the brand name is worth to the consumer.

    It's not uncommon to pay X amount for a product when exactly the same item differently packaged is cheaper but still thanks to the lack of a well known "name" does not sell as well.
     
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    Thank's, I understand that, but is there any functionality difference between the boxes? Is the software or firmware better from one box or the next or is the electronic program delivery and digital text stuff all the same?


    Best Regards,

    Len
     
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    They will mostly be based on reference designs of which only a couple were produced.
    The manufacturer pays for the IP and then can choose how much he may want to modify it as well as for any software and user-interface hooks he wants to include.
    Google for "Setpal" and/or "Novapal" to get more background on the reference designs.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester, UK
     
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    the quality of components may vary as may the software doesnt mean the more expensive one will have better software tho......
     
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    I think that you are oversimplifying this. There is now becoming quite a number of these devices, the later ones with dual tuners and large 160Gb hard drives.

    I have a TF5800PVR and wouldn't be without it. Neither will i hear anything said aginst it ;)
     
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    the original post refers to a specific set of basic DVB-T decoders not the availability of different boxes with different features HDD based PVT FV tuners have been around for a couple of years at least now
     
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    Thanks peeps for the replies.

    Yes, All I want to know is if 'Freeview' and how it works and the information and setup differs from set-top-box to set-top-box, like if you buy a sky box the 'basic' functionality is the same across all the manufactures.

    Regards,

    Len
     
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    Performance, build quality and functionality will differ from box to box even from the same manufacturer or based on a common design sourced by many companies.
    Apart from the basic design of the tuner to access UK DTT signals and the MHEG support there is no real "standard" for DTT (Freeview) boxes which is one of the reasons a million or so boxes will never get a real EPG or lack other things such as a RF modulator, digital audio output, component output etc etc but on the up side there is a rapid product cycle as manufacturers compete for market share.


    Right now there should not be a Freeview box for sale that doesn't support the 7 day EPG which is about the only standard feature that could be market lead everything else is pretty much left to the manufacturer.
     
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    Thanks :smashin:
     

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