Need a freeview box today - cheap!

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  1. Unlight

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    Hey there,

    Whats the best "cheap" freeview box that I can purchase on the high street/major chains?

    I need a TV signal for my Panasonic PW6, just need something basic so I can get TV channels on.

    A Scart socket that outputs RGB is a must!

    Anyone?
     
  2. hornydragon

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    Richersounds your best bet mate cheap and nasty try Argos BUSH units etc or Tesco larger stores have some perhaps a daewoo Setpal box best unit would be the £64.50 BT branded netgem.. online only IIRC
     
  3. Unlight

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    Thanks mate - this BT Netgem one good then?

    I was thinking of getting the Panasonic TUCT30 for £55 from Richer Sounds - know anything about it?
     
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    Crap remote ok out put BT net gem puts caller id on plasma if you want and .......... HAS component out via an optional cable Scart to 3 RCA cable (RGB pins)

    http://www.shop.bt.com/invt/011613
     
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    Crap remote eh? :(

    No use for the keyboard etc though really... might go for this panasonic one if its any use...
     
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    My 1st post so be gentle.

    I got a Philips DTR-150 from Argos for £59.99 which is well specified for the money.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/s...atalogId=2501&productId=103308&clickfrom=name

    The main reason I got it was the fact it has a coaxial digital output (not stated on the website) so I can use a better external DAC.

    Better than the cheapy boxes for £50 anyway

    IIRC it can output s-video from the scart socket, which could be useful.

    :smashin:
     
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    didnt know philips would do S-video from second scart worth knowing...
    Panny has crappy remote credit card style thing..... Netgem has normal remote as well as keyboard (you dont need to use...)
     
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    The remote on the Philips is fairly decent.

    It's around 14cm long and 5cm at it's widest point.

    I used a Goodmans box at a mates and the remote was terrible, the buttons used to stick and all sorts.

    I'm not sure if the Philips will be able to support 7 day EPG, but I hope it will :)

    Overall I'd say it's a decent box :thumbsup:
     
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    The NetGem is brilliant, and if you don't get the BT one you can add TopUp TV later if you buy a CAM. The BT one has the CAM slot disabled.

    Both versions also have a USB socket and built-in picture viewer, MP3 player and web browser, so you can hook them up to your internet connection - wireless, ethernet or dial-up - and/or play music and pictures on them.

    The only downside is that they don't yet have a 7-day program guide, so you only get "now and next". That'll probably be sorted out soon but there's no guarantee.

    Great box though, and it has optical digital output.

    Regards

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    sorry for hijacking the thread Unlight :suicide:

    I'm in the same position as Unlight, I have a panny pw6 coming tommorrow and need a way to watch standard tv channels and was thinking of getting a freeview set top box as i have had no end of problems with sky in the past i dont want to go with them as its like talking to a bunch of trained monkeys when you phone customer services up.

    Is there a big difference in picture quality between sky digital and a digital freeview set top box (with a good reception) and what is tivo? is that like sky+? and any good?

    again... sorry unlight :blush:
     
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    Yes Freeview is better

    If you need component - Netgem

    Pace Twin is excellent
     
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    Tivo is a PVR no longer sold in UK that will work all platforms sky, cable, freeview and analogue.....very clever bit of kit...
    For freeview watching on a PW6 i suggest netgem/BT... for recording i suggest pace twin... for bit of both Humax PVR800T
     
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    Cheers for the tips ;)

    Im taking an interest in the nice looking Sony box at the moment with the lovely, WF remote ;)
     

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