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Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by mevetts, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. mevetts

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    Hi,

    If there were a maximum 5 things I should look for when going to buy a freeview box what should they be?

    My budget is circa £50.

    Thanks,

    Mark.
     
  2. eviljohn2

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    Are you sure you don't want to save up and get the Humax with built in HD recorder for £123? It's an awesome bit of kit.

    Otherwise you need to look for compatability with the 7 day EPG, maybe an RF modulator if that might be of use in the future. Possibly a digital out but I don't think there are any plans to broadcast Dolby Digital at the moment so isn't a big deal at the moment.

    I gather that menu response times vary a lot too.
     
  3. STOWITBELOW

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    Firstly that it receives Sky, and is called Sky +. If not..............
    Sorry, I can't see much attraction in Freeview. Make sure your close neighbours can receive it, so you can be sure you can.
     
  4. mevetts

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    Aaggghh yes the Humax. It does look good and I had forgotten about it! :eek:

    Will be saving the pennies me thinks, but how long go you think we will be able to get it for that price?

    Mark.
     
  5. eviljohn2

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    It's available for that now, check the special offers forum. Mine arrived on Monday and really is great.

    Otherwise the Sony is regarded as the best model I think but that's ~£80 from Amazon so still breaks your budget.

    I've no idea around the £50 mark I'm afraid.
     
  6. mevetts

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    I would love to buy the Humax now but finances dictate unfortunatley. How long do you think the offer at Dixons will be available?
     
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    Not to worry, I know the feeling. I could really use a new PC (still using Pentium133) and would like to upgrade my amp (Denon 1802) but really have to pay next years tuition fees and rent instead. :(

    Not sure how long, the advertised price is ~£150 as it's vouchers that give the discount so they potentially won't run out.

    As I said before though, even though I've barely had a chance to use it I'm very impressed by it in all respects.

    Most of the cheaper Freeview boxes seem to have various bugs in them so it's worth researching that thoroughly, plenty of reviews and opinions around though.
     
  8. mevetts

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    Cheers eviljohn.

    Best of luck with the final year, where are you studying?

    Mark.
     
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    The Sony has no RF modulator, which rather limits its use. As for your question:

    1. Can I receive Freeview at my location with my existing aerial and cable?
    2. Is the signal strong or weak (this can determine which receiver you need).
    3. Do I want to pipe the signal round the house? (i.e. does the receiver have an RF modulator?)
    4. Does the size/appearance/reliability matter?
    5. Will I want to receive TopUp TV?
     
  10. mevetts

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    Thanks,

    I will want to be able to feed audio through my receiver, does the Humax do this?

    Mark.
     
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    Humax has a digital optical out (which is of questionable use at the moment), and analogue audio out via phono sockets and both scarts.

    Studying physics at Bath Uni. Can't wait to get back, I've spent the last year on placement for an insurance firm in their accounts department. The forums are about the only technology/science fix I get! :)
     
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    The attraction is that you don't have to line Murdoch's pocket with around GBP40 per month to use it.

    Sorry, I can't see much attraction in $ky.
     
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    Hi,

    I graduated from Bath last summer (2003)! Couldn't wait to leave by the end! :D

    Mark.
     
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    I'll only be happy to get out if I can find a decent job somewhere and don't have to live with my parents anymore. Still a short while off though.

    I gather you're rearranging some of your purchasing towards later in the year. In which case, definitely get the Humax. It beats every other Freeview box in every price bracket IMO. For now at least. I just wish I could get a decent signal :mad:
     
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    [RANT]Your joking right? I now have Freeview and Sky and will dumping the latter because there is just nothing worthwhile on anymore - gone are the days when UK Gold actually showed decent programmes, gone are the days of UK Dramas 'war slots' etc. All I watch now is the News documentaries: and I can get that free on Freeview (News 24 and UK History)! I suppose if movies and sport are what you watch it has an appeal but personnally I do not watch sport and buy all my movies on DVD which (can) offer DTS and better PQ anyway.[/RANT]
     
  16. mevetts

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    Cheers for the advice. If it were up to me then I would get the whole lot in October, but the Mrs is having palpatations ( :eek: ) at the thought of it! Especially as my car is on it's last legs! :suicide:

    Going to get some in October and the rest in December.

    Mark.
     
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    Paying £xx sucks, West Wing, Sopranoes, The Shield. (no terestrial 5) & many classic comedys (repeats) etc help me stomach it. DD on films, no tapes to store, ultimat recording convienience, seldom watching ads make me celebrate it. I don't recall reading any + owners going back. It is an excellent hook, & I can see me paying Mr M for the forseeable future. Once tried............
     
  18. eviljohn2

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    Not sure what channels you watch to avoid the adverts. HD recording is definitely great though, I've got it on my freeview box ;)

    Sky downstairs but I never get time to watch it.
     
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    Well I'm the first then! Sky+ is great - it's just there is nothing on Sky worth watching IMHO and better products exist to do the same thing with Freeview.
     
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    I did a 'product to match my needs' thing and it suggested £45 a month! I watch enough on tv with terrestial, so Freeview will be plenty.
     
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    eviljohn2, I mean with the FFwd, yes you can do it with other means, it's just v easy with +. Start watching something after its started Rw or record, then bye bye ads. I can't receive freeview, so I've not experienced what it offers first hand. It's just what + offers knocks the alternatives for six. I don't know if for example other systems do this: I recorded 2 programs on terrestrial channels (through Sky), watched a 3rd on analogue, thought it was crap then watched something I recorded last night - Line Of Fire. I'm undecided if this is worth watching again yet. So I'll record it next week also, & will probably watch when there's a lull in 'watchable' programs. The convienience alone is worth while. I agree Skys programs aren't always so hot. + means you can weed out the good ones much more easily & the inevitable clashes aren't such a problem.
     
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    5 features

    Hard Disk recording
    Digital Sound out
    EPG Support
    RF Out
    Good text

    The Pace Twin has all of these!
     
  23. mevetts

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    But how much is the Pace, the Humax is only £122, which seems very reasonable.
     
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    About 190
     
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    Wot he said. An judging by the Freeview sales figures, plenty more people agree too! They've certainly got Sky worried, that's for sure!
     

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