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I am looking for a HD freeview box that does not come with any contract. I have done a small trawl of the net, but various forums made matters worse. Could someone, please advise on a very straight…
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
I am looking for a HD freeview box that does not come with any contract. I have done a small trawl of the net, but various forums made matters worse.

Could someone, please advise on a very straight forward system that can be bought off the shelf and self installed.

Any suggestions with or without dish - if HD services are limited to a dish, then so be it, but please someone help...

A very frustrated damaje

Thanks in advance
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Without question, Humax Foxsat HDR - I did a lot of research and it came out top in most magazines. HD content is limited and you will need a satellite but its well worth it
#2
srw_topbloke
Without question, Humax Foxsat HDR - I did a lot of research and it came out top in most magazines. HD content is limited and you will need a satellite but its well worth it


where could I find such a thing - as with this site, find a deal, then find it cheaper
Any ideas

Also, would this work without a dish - I assume I know the answer, but if I dont ask...
#3
HD on Freeview (through your existing TV aerial) is due to start in the new year (I think) although I'm fairly sure that there aren't any boxes available or even known about yet, so as already mentioned, if you want HD content now, without a subscription, then you'll have to go with Freesat, and as has also been mentioned, the Humax is supposed to be the one to go for. If you're prepared to wait and see for a bit then there may be something on Freeview, but only when the analogue signal is switched off wherever you live.
#4
Richersounds have it for £250 which is about the cheapest at the moment
#5
srw_topbloke
Richersounds have it for £250 which is about the cheapest at the moment


:whistling: - anything maybe a little cheaper, that could tide me over until the swithcover. I live in Swansea, we are one of the first to switchover - happy to wait, but not happy to spend £250 no matter how good

Thanks for the advice though
#6
Again as stated, £250 seems to be about the cheapest, assuming that you don't have a satellite dish, then you'll also need to budget for a dish and cabling installation. I really don't know how much this is likely to cost, but wouldn't be surprised if it was pushing £100. I don't think it's the same as as for a basic satellite box if you are using a recorder - although I could be very wrong. Might be worth checking out installation costs before buying one.
#7
Mike73
Again as stated, £250 seems to be about the cheapest, assuming that you don't have a satellite dish, then you'll also need to budget for a dish and cabling installation. I really don't know how much this is likely to cost, but wouldn't be surprised if it was pushing £100. I don't think it's the same as as for a basic satellite box if you are using a recorder - although I could be very wrong. Might be worth checking out installation costs before buying one.


Thanks Mike, you have certainly raised a good point - cost of the dish and installation

All I want to do is watch TV, bring back big square bulky TV's with tubes :p
#8
Personally, I'm going to wait and see what happens with the Freeview HD channels which are due to start before the end of the year in Granada - whether any boxes are available by then is a different matter. I'm in North Wales, so like you, we should be getting it fairly soon (apparently in 2010, even though our switchover date is 28th October 2009). AFAIK there will be 4 HD channels at launch, BBC, ITV, C4, and another one as yet to be bid for. To be honest I would be very surprised if the first boxes we're any cheaper than this Freesat one, especially as there will be a smaller market for them, although I suppose there is always the chance that they'll be subsidised to try and get more interest in Freeview HD, and try and get a bit of the market from Sky.

Bottom line, if you want HD now, it's going to cost £25+ per month from Sky, or £350+ (all in) with Freesat, which is far more than I'm willing to pay at the moment!
#9
Mike, thanks for the postings, I dont really fancy being tied to a Sky contract, mainly in fear of losing my wife to football...the Freesat option does look more appealing - maybe just wait a little longer to see if prices drop.

Swansea is due to be digitised by Aug 2010, so maybe there will be a push to advertise Freesat, etc in advance of this at a cheaper rate, fingers crossed, eh
#10
I'm definitely going to hold on, it's a lot of money to spend so that a handful of programs look a bit nicer! Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I'll think it's great when I finally get HD telly, but I can think of a lot of other things that I'd rather spend that amount of money on. Apparently they're hoping to have the world cup broadcast in HD on freeview next year, even in some areas where the switchover hasn't happened yet, so it may well be that there'll be a big push on freeview HD boxes before then. One can live in hope!

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