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Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by bikerjodie, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. bikerjodie

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    I'm in the market for freeview or something to connect my projector to so i can receive normal or extra channels, not wanting to subscribe to sky what are my options?

    I've read a review on the Technomate TM 1500 CI+ and although i'm taken with it, i dont know what it is!!! Is it a receiver similar to sky (needs a dish) or is it a freeview unit?

    Any information on this would be great as i'm new to this

    :rolleyes:
     
  2. Chris Muriel

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    It is a DVB satellite receiver requiring a dish and LNB outdoors.

    Chris Muriel,
    (usually Manchester, currently in Hamburg)
     
  3. bikerjodie

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    What would be your recommendation therefore for a freeview box? I want something quite good to get some decent channels?
     
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    All Freeview boxes receive the same channels unless you have poor reception. Have a look here .

    This looks like a fairly comprehensive list of the boxes available.

    Richard
     
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    Thanks very much Richard, that was very helpfull.

    am i likely to regret getting freeview as opposed to the technomate i have mentioned earlier? Is there much of a difference in set up? What's a LNB outdoor? I'm very new to this and don't want to change much for the next while so would rather get good advice and recommendations just now.
    Thanks for your reply

    P
     
  6. MartinImber

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  7. bikerjodie

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    i'm glad that you obviously have a wonderful set-up already and have not minded sharing your audio visual knowledge.... thanks

    Anyone else have any advice that i can take on board?
     
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    Sorry biker I know zip about satellite apart from that you need a dish. I sugest you do some gOOgling to discover the benefits of the different platforms before you commit yourself. Try this for a start.

    Richard
     
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    I've got the Sony & Pioneer freeveiw boxes,both of which use an aerial. They are both very good boxes,both with 7 day EPG and both are fast at changing channels(some boxes are VERY slow). Both have RGB output(not sure on the VCR output). I'd recommend either TBH.........
     
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    Scan are selling the Humax PVR and Freeview box for £115 plus vat plus del
     
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    Damn postedto the wrong thread - GET A PVR - IT MALES SENSE :thumbsup:
     
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    What kind of PJ are you planning to hook up to - most freeview boxes won't handle component only RGB scart - so if your PJ won't take scart (or RGB via component) you will have to connect via s-video or composite (both of which will reduce picture quality) or buy a converter box.

    I did have a Sony VTX-D800 which had a great picture via scart. I now have a Topfield 5800, a freeview PVR which has the advantage of being able to output component via it's scart socket.
     
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    That does limit the options; I think as well as the Topfield the Netgem I player may also have component; but its not a PVR of course; which I agree is Bikerjodie's best long term option.
     
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    i'm running a themescene H30a, 5ft electric screen and denon adv-m51 surround sound, i'm using vdc vga connections, scart controller b-tech bt945 quintrot and qed p2110's. I'm only stuck with the freeview!!!

    So you recommend the humax pvr?? What's the pvr bit?
     
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    PVR (personal video recorder) means you record stuff to watch later some are twin tuner, record one channel watch another (some can record 2 watch none), some are single tuner, watch one or record one..........
     
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    Hi Jodie

    A PVR is a Personal Video recorder; which tends to be used to describe anything which has a programme guide and a hard drive to record programmes on. They usually have two tuners so that you can at least record something while watching something else; like you could do with an analogue TV; and an analogue VCR.
    The Humax mentioned above is I believe unusual in that it only has the one tuner with obvious limitations. see here for a comparison of PVR's.
    I have a Topfield TF5800PVR which I think is great but I never recomend anything because we do not all like the same things and the Topfield is rather more complex (and expensive; and better :) ) than other options.
    The other important point being made above is; what inputs do your PJ have. You need to be sure that whatever Freeview box you get can be connected. I think the Topfield covers most of the bases but no guarantees.

    Regards Richard
     
  17. bikerjodie

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    Richard,
    the PJ has all available connections, scart, rgb, vga, dvi, s-vid. I was hoping to use the scart option for the freeview as i've ordered a splitter. Really then, i'm looking for a good freeview that uses scart! I'll have a look at the PVR's in the link you've posted, I'll look at both the humax and the topfield
    thanks again
    Jodie
     

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