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Old 15 August 2010, 04:10   #1
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Best Freeview+ box

Having decided not to send Murdoch any more of my hard earned cash I am going over to Freeview.

I have been looking to see what sort of hardware is available for Freeview+ and so far it looks like the Topfield range of PVR's is the way to go if you want the same functionality as Sky+

Any thoughts or experiences would be welcome.

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Having decided not to send Murdoch any more of my hard earned cash...
Have you played the 'I want to cancel' game with Sky yet?

With a little skilled negotiation, you might be surprised what you'll get out of them.
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Old 15 August 2010, 04:42   #3
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Have you played the 'I want to cancel' game with Sky yet?

With a little skilled negotiation, you might be surprised what you'll get out of them.
Oh yes!.. they don't like to lose a customer, offering me an HDPLUS box etc.

Ultimately I can get all the Freeview channels in this area which almost covers all the channels we watched on Sky and not pay a penny. I have already had 3 Sky+ boxes go tits up on me so have no real inclination to want to stay with Sky.

I like the look of the new TiVo premier box however its not available over here yet.
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I agree, I hate the b*****ds, but I do like a bit of rugby and cricket. Without Sky Sport, your pretty much stuffed. We currently have Sky+ on a freebie.
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Having decided not to send Murdoch any more of my hard earned cash I am going over to Freeview.

I have been looking to see what sort of hardware is available for Freeview+ and so far it looks like the Topfield range of PVR's is the way to go if you want the same functionality as Sky+

Any thoughts or experiences would be welcome.

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Topfield are generally well regarded, as are Humax - their latest box is here:

http://www.techdigest.tv/2010/05/humax_hdr-fox_t.html

I would recommend you get a box that supports DVB-T2 rather than just DVB-T. DVB-T2 is the latest transmission standard for terrestrial tv - all the terrestrial HD channels (available post digital switchover) will be transmitted in DVB-T2, and without a compatible box you will not receive them.

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My telly's got a built in free-sat. Haven't got round to getting Sky yet. Depends what you like to watch I suppose but what an absolute load of rubbish I get on mine, Randall & Hopkirk Deceased is about as good as it gets
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Randall & Hopkirk Deceased is about as good as it gets


I suppose 'Allo Allo' touches a bit of a nerve.
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DON'T GET FREESAT. I bought a Humax box model doesn't really matter given what im going to say.
It looked good but kept going to sleep and wasn't able to wake it up again despite looking at comments online and removing the plastic film from behind the flip down front, changed the batteries in the hand set etc etc, only way to fix it was to do a reboot, ow and it wouldn't load the latest software upgraded either and the menu system took a lot of thought. Yes i could have taken it back and got a new one but it was a blessing in disguise.
I now have a Sagem freeview box with built in hard drive and yes it doesn't look as fancy but it was a good bit cheaper and most importantly it shows a good numberof channels that the FREESAT doesn't including Dave, Quest and a few others who's name i forget.

In my humble opinion firstly consider the channels you want (if u google freesat channels that will let you know what you get) Humax is too techno and the machine can't handle it consider a Sagem
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I have already had 3 Sky+ boxes go tits up on me so have no real inclination to want to stay with Sky.
I know how you feel on that score

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I like the look of the new TiVo premier box however its not available over here yet.
I had the old one and it was an excellent piece of kit

Sky bought them out, to remove competition for their own service and sky plus boxes .. I didnt know they were coming back ?

But if they are, I'd have one in a jiffy .. easy to use and it learns what you watch, so seeks out similar material and records it automagically for you, very clever piece stuff that genuinely made telly watching more useable when so many channels are avaialable

IIRC you still needed sky back then, because it used sky's EPG to get the channel listings, dont know how it goes now though ?
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Chris, why not just keep your current setup and stop paying them? You still get most of the channels you get on Freeview as free channels through Sky..
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