The Ultimate Freeview receiver - Let's see if we can influence the manufacturers?

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by lscolman, May 7, 2005.

  1. lscolman

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    Hi,

    I currently use a Pace Twin, but I would love to have a unit which also utilises a HDMI output, supports Top Up TV, and has Series Link. Philips have a DVDR7200 in the pipeline, but no hard drive.

    I think a good Freeview box should have:-

    HDMI Output
    Twin Tuner
    80Gb HDD
    7 Day EPG
    Series link
    Support of Top Up TV

    Can anyone who agrees drop Pace's UK Sales a line on this link...

    http://www.pacemicro.com/corporate/content/webcontent.asp?nav=contactus&fullid=%20UK%20email%20addresses

    and Philips on this link...

    http://www.feedback.philips.com/consumer/?country=GB&language=en&param1=other

    Can't find an e-mail address for Sony or Pioneer, perhaps someone else can help?

    The suppliers will have to start listening to us, if they receive enough e-mails.

    Cheers, Lee
     
  2. MartinImber

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    Hard disc is too small - try 200GB or 2 lap top 100GB

    also manual tuning including PIDs (for Xtraview)
     
  3. Rasczak

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    ...and an integrated DVDR for archiving would be nice! Plus the ability to automatically set buffer times before and after EPG timer recordings!
     
  4. Blu Ray

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    Digital audio output, and scart sockets side by side instead of end to end!
     
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    an ethernet port so u can download your recordings to a PC for editing or viewing over the network and updating the firmware over the net instead of waiting for over the air updates.
     
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    And while you're at it maybe allow video/audio content to be played off a networked pc.
     
  7. Paul Shirley

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    Lee, agree with your specs + Digital Audio Out.

    Done Pace and Philips :smashin:

    Cheers.
     
  9. GrahameD

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    I would add firewire,DECT/GAP bluetooth,USB2 for dumping camcorder footable to hard disk or allowing me to back up my hol snaps from a camera or PC. Add storage with USB2/firewire.

    Why bluetooth or DECT/GAP because if I use is as modem a la' netgem I don't want a modem cable. since has hard disk it can be answer phone and fax viewer.

    MP3 playback , doube as an audio juke box.

    Multi room, watch one channel in another room, and in stereo please,

    Progressive output,

    VGA/DVI out so I can buy a box and use it on a computer monitor.

    Compress to divx to save hard disk space, or adjust quality for archiving and freeing space.

    What about adding NAS then can access disk from any PC , device!!!
     
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    TiVo software :thumbsup:

    Most of what has been suggested above is already available in the USA on Series 2 TiVo boxes, but it seems nobody wants to release another UK TiVo :mad:

    Mark.
     
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    The media box of the Loewe Xelos SL and Sphers range of dispays off just that and more to boot (DVI+Digital audio out rather than HDMI). But you need to pay for the panel too! It also doesn't have MHEG5 but has 4 tuners although only 1 is digital terresteral, the others are D-sat and 2 x analogue. It sounds nice but its a pretty cr@ppy implementation and a few design flaws make for a pretty compromised product- long live the Pace Twin.

    BTW. Pace don't do Freeview anymore of any sort. They dropped out quite a while ago and all that is remaining is existing products.

    -Ian
     
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    How's about just building a HTPC ? From all of the requirements here you'd need a tower just to get all of the connections on the back !
     
  13. Pat Marcus

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    I'd happily live with just something that output a better picture, even if it meant foregoing some of the other very cool features listed in previous posts. SDI modded would be great, as would PAL progressive scan via component or, even an HDMI or DVI output. Given how much it is possible to pay for every other component in the chain, why is someone not recognising that there is a market for "high-end" non-sky digital receivers ? I hate my ugly plastic nokia 221t outputting RGB into a jstech converter. The picture is acceptable but compared to DVD..............
     
  14. MartinImber

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    As the owner of a 5.5 year old high end receiver I know what you mean.

    The Pace Twin was a go at high end as well.

    However the market drives it not the AV enthusiasts
     

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