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Any deals on satellite PVRs?

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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
My missus just decided that we can't live without second satellite receiver and she wants PVR functionality (timeshift, etc). However, she doesn't want me to spend a fortune (so no Topfield, Dreambox or Technomate S2) on it.
So far I found two receivers:
Mahnattan Plaza ST350
Fortec Star Ultimate

Both of these are 150 quid, twin tuner. CIs and no disk. These models are BYOD (buy your own disk) and 120Gb is max capacity. I recon such disk would cost me something like 40 quid if not less than that.

Are any of these any good? Is there anything better than that, preferrably with network connection?

Any help is really appreciated, thanks!
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Hi Kommunist,

Aren't you better looking at something like a Humax (or even the Topfield) if you're going all the way up to £190? The Humax can be had for less with a bigger disk.

HTH
#2
Can you please advise which model you are talking about? I only managed to find Toppies in a region of 400 quid, which is way too much. Not to mention Humax ones.
#3
Ooops, I've just re-read the title of the thread - I guess you're looking for one which does Satellite - not just freeview. I was talking about the 5800 (I've got it on the brain at the moment), but obviously that will only do FV :oops:

I'll keep quiet now!
#4
Freeview is of no interest for me as I can't get it. I am only interested in satellite PVRs as I have two dishes and got several dozens of good channels off it.
#5
Not to hijack, but me too interested to buy one of these.

Kommunist
My missus just decided that we can't live without second satellite receiver and she wants PVR functionality (timeshift, etc). However, she doesn't want me to spend a fortune (so no Topfield, Dreambox or Technomate S2) on it.
So far I found two receivers:
Mahnattan Plaza ST350
Fortec Star Ultimate

Both of these are 150 quid, twin tuner. CIs and no disk. These models are BYOD (buy your own disk) and 120Gb is max capacity. I recon such disk would cost me something like 40 quid if not less than that.

Are any of these any good? Is there anything better than that, preferrably with network connection?

Any help is really appreciated, thanks!
#6
Kommunist
... got several dozens of good channels off it.


That I find hard to believe! Life's too short for watching the junk on Sky :roll:

Anyway, good luck with your search.
#7
I am not watching Sky at all :) I am more interested in kids channels (well, not me personally but my family) and Russian channels.
As to Sky - never understood why should I pay for something which I can get for free.
#8
OK, just reserved FortecStar dual-tuner PVR off Maplins. 150 quid less 7 quid in vouchers. Sounds like a bargain :) Or maybe not, who knows.
#9
Right... where do I begin...

Got this Fortec thingy a couple of hours ago and it is now back to its original box. Here is my mini-review:
The PVR is made in Korea (even batteries are), which is probably a good thing. The remote is nice and well made. I don't want to talk about User Guide as it is as useful as Labour government. You know what I mean ;)
The things I am going to write below are NOT in the manual.

The HDD must be fit internally, there is no external access to it (such as slot or caddy). This means, you should undo three screws, then remove top lid.
After lid is removed, you'll find fixing bracket just above the CI slot. It is also fixed by three screws, which must be removed. The whole bracket then must come off. Once you got it in your hand, rotate it so that 'legs' would be facing you. Slide HDD in it, face label down, fixing screws must match holes in bracket. Once HDD is fixed, attach IDE cable to it. The cable must of shortest kind you could find. All you need is literally 5 cm of the cable.
NOTE: neither screws not IDE cable are supplied! You should buy your own ones.
Power connector is stuck next to power supply, so you must undo it and connect to disk. But be careful, because there are some hot radiators on board, so try to lay the cable in such way so that it won't touch any of those.

Before attempting to fix the HDD bracket, insert IDE cable below the bracket so that it would be sitting between CI slot and HDD bracket. Otherwise you won't be able to close the lid. Watch for second connector on the cable - do not put it between bracket and CI - you might break either of them or even both.
Once bracket in place, secure it with three screws and close lid. Hard work done.

Now, to the main reason why Fortec is going back. It didn't manage to find ANY of channels out of my two satdishes. Before you jumping to conclusion about my menthal abilities, I could tell you that this is not the first unit I install and I tried all possible options - it simply didn't work.

So.. the search for best PVR continues :)
#10
Kommunist I have a triple dragon with a 300g hard drive.
To me this is the best PVR out there .
I know its a bit over what you wanted to pay but check it out.
http://www.hisat.com/products.php?cat=61&nav=57
http://www.hisat.com/proddetail.php?prod=RECTRIPLE-DRAGON
#11
Looks good (although not quite clear what Dragon Tail is?) but pricey. It is way beyond my budget unfortunately.
#12
mate, have you settled down on anything?

i'm also keen to get one.

thanks
sunil

Kommunist
Looks good (although not quite clear what Dragon Tail is?) but pricey. It is way beyond my budget unfortunately.
#13
Not yet. I managed to get Fortec Star up and running but it still refuses to work with Diseqc switch, so I brought it back to store. There are couple of receivers I am looking at, namely Relook 400S, Lemon 070s, Dreambox 7020, etc. But prices are quite high :(
#14
Looks like Topfield TF4000PVR Plus could be my next purchase. Or maybe not...

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