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Freeview Recorder box any recommendations?

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I'm currently with Virgin Media and have a setup that I'm quite happy with but I'm sick of the constant price hikes. We don't watch much TV, but it is useful to have a recording box as it means we can… Read More
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
I'm currently with Virgin Media and have a setup that I'm quite happy with but I'm sick of the constant price hikes. We don't watch much TV, but it is useful to have a recording box as it means we can easily watch what we want when we do get chance to watch.

I currently have it setup as follows:

Virgin Tivo HD box. HDMI output goes to an active splitter box, one output from this goes to the living room TV and the other goes to another room downstairs where there is another active splitter which goes to a TV there and another long lead to upstairs to a TV upstairs.

So the HD signal is mirrored to 3 TVs. This has worked perfectly. We can use our phones/tablets to change the channel on the Tivo box.

I also have Kodi on each TV (android or raspberry pi) which also plays media from a linked HDD.

As a minimum I would like a freeview system which records and can output via HDMI so that I can split it to the 3 TVs. I would also like it to have an app based remote control to change the channel from other rooms if possible (like the Tivo does). Catchup TV would also be useful.

To make it even better (and I don't know if this is possible?), it would be even better if I could access the recorded programmes over the network to play on Kodi.

I don't have a dish or an aerial so will need to get one, but it does mean I don't mind if it is dish based or aerial based. Ideally no more than £200 to get setup.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Look at the youview+ (G4) boxes, they record freeview up to 300 hrs (500GB HDD)
You can get them on the high street for around £200 but require an aerial for source.

If you have your broadband with BT you can get one free on fibre connections and then £5 per month, min 12 months
If you have standard adsl BB with BT you can get essential BTTV and the box is one off £49 activation then £6 per month, min 12 months.
Equipment is free to keep after cancelling, tv aerial install £60 at time of order or £120 if not.
#2
We currently have BB with Virgin and may keep it that way but if they don't drastically reduce the price then I may have to move to a different broadband provider too which will mean getting a phone line in as well.

They keep giving 'free' upgrades to the broadband speed but then adding extra charges a month or two later to cover upgrades to their network. I've phoned loads of times and usually get it back down again but I'm getting fed up of the hassle.

Currently on 70mb Broadband, we have the tivo HD box with minimum channels and we have a phone line which we don't use (nothing plugged into it) - having the phone line gave us a discount.

They are charging us £45/month for this.

I don't *need* 70Mb BB, we don't want a phone line. Just an average BB and a free TV package. Would like to half the monthly bill but realistically would be happy if I can make it less than £30/month.
#3
If you want the full set of catchup players then you're looking at either a Youview or Freeview Play box.

Youview is a couple of years older and a bit more polished but has a couple of annoying limitations (the boxes can't have wi-fi built in) and lacks some of the more advances features that the Freeview Play boxes offer like the ability to stream recordings to other devices.

The phone service cost is minimal. Just like Virgin have next to no difference in cost whether you take a phone line or not, so does a tiny fraction of the line rental go to pay for the phone service. The majority of that £10 a month* line rental goes to maintaining the local broadband infrastructure between houses and the point where it connect to the ISP's network.

*If you're more than about £12 the ISP is loading the cost to make it's broadband packages seem cheaper.
#4
I managed to pick up a humax youview box from a local Facebook selling page for £10, definitely worth a look on your local ones.
#5
Does the Youview box have ethernet? If so I wouldn't be bothered about wifi as it has an ethernet switch right next to where it would go.
#6
Youview are ethernet only, no wi-fi
#7
I did the same last year cancelled Virgin bought a HUMAX fvp4000 but ever 1tb just like a Virgin tivo box I had then I bought now tv box movies £9.99 for lounge the another one fir upstairs entertainment 6.99 I'm now set up...
#8
Humax fvp 4000t same as a tivo box see spec on websites plus get now box, jobs a gudun...
#9
andrew08uk
Humax fvp 4000t same as a tivo box see spec on websites plus get now box, jobs a gudun...

Do the Now TV boxes let you watch stuff you have recorded on the Humax?

Does the Humax stream to things like Kodi?

Is there a remote control app for the Humax like there is for the Virgin box?
#10
Yeh there remote, ul have to look at the spec to see if it suits your needs, not tv has on demands so you will not miss your favorite programmes, you can not record on to humax that's the only thing but I love it, I use to have tivo but sick of Virgin price hike every few months... All I pay for is BB of Virgin
#11
andrew08uk
Yeh there remote, ul have to look at the spec to see if it suits your needs, not tv has on demands so you will not miss your favorite programmes, you can not record on to humax that's the only thing but I love it, I use to have tivo but sick of Virgin price hike every few months... All I pay for is BB of Virgin


YouTube humax fvp4000
#12
I need one that will record really, not so worried about the other TVs as my current setup should suffice providing the box has HDMI out. Even better if it can be set to 480p over HDMI like you can with virgin, as when it is set higher the TV signal upstairs can become unstable (25m of HDMI cable isn't the best solution - but it works at the moment!)
#13
Bt DTR-T2100 500GB HD YouView+ £55 from cex

Excellent bit of kit (made by humax)
#14
chocci
Bt DTR-T2100 500GB HD YouView+ £55 from cex
Excellent bit of kit (made by humax)

Is a DTR-2110 500GB OK? There is one on a local facebook group for £25
#15
Virgin have lowered the price for me, they made this month free, then £35 per month for the next 18 months. (12 month contract time)

I've gone with that for now, so I can spend the next year setting something else up!

Virgin has always worked well but I get fed up with the constant price increases.

So my plan is to find a cheap freeview recorder and set it up and put an aerial up etc. and then run both side by side for a bit to see if it works OK etc. and that there are enough channels. That will then make it easier to ditch virgin in the future or drop to just broadband.


For £35 / month, I'm getting:

70mb broadband
M package TV
Phone Line (most basic package)
Tivo HD box

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