2 Parts - Hitachi 42" for £399 and then Add Bush Freeview HD Box and get it for free @ Argos - HotUKDeals
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Two cat numbers need to be used to get this deal. TV is currently on offer at £399.99, it looks like stock is limited but deal is live for a few weeks so they must be more available (then again it is Argos) and the HD Box is in stock.

Add both to the basket and the freeview HD box is free, wahey if you want to get a nice HD TV and some HD capabilities viewing

5295889 - Hitachi 42" TV Full 1080P 4 Series (Was £599.99)
5322408 - Bush Freeview HD Box (£149.99)

TV Description
LCD TV:
* Less than 1 watt standby power consumption.
* Full connectivity including PC input.
Television picture quality:
* Full HD (1080p).
* Freeview digital tuner.
* 42in (106cm) widescreen TV with 106cm visible screen size.
* Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.
* 50Hz.
* Brightness 500cd/m2.
* Contrast ratio 1400:1.
* Viewing angle 178/178 degrees.
* Progressive scan.
Connectivity:
* 2 HDMI sockets.
* 2 SCART sockets.
* PC input socket.
* Component video socket.
* Composite.
* Optical connection.
* Headphone socket.
* AV socket (side).
Sound quality:
* NICAM stereo sound system.
* 2 x 8 watts RMS power output.
Digital features:
* Digitally interactive.
* Digital text.
* Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available.
* Auto setup.
* Now and next programme guide.
* 7 day electronic programme guide (EPG).
* Top up TV compatible.
* CI slot.
* Audio description compatible.
Additional features:
* UHF/VHF tuner.
* Sleep timer.
* Child lock.
* Picture in picture (PIP).
* Picture and picture (PAP).
* Remote control batteries required 2 x AAA (included).
* Size of TV H65, W101, D10cm.
* Weight of TV 18kg (unpackaged).
* Complete with tabletop stand.
* Size of TV with stand H68.8, W101, D24.6cm.
* Weight of TV with stand 18.8kg.
* Suitable for wall mounting with a VESA 400 x 200mm bracket (bracket not included).
Energy efficiency information:
* Standby power consumption 0.9 watt.
* Energy Saving Trust recommended.
Freeview HD Description
* Digitally interactive.
* Digital text.
* RF loop.
* Digital video broadcasting (DVB).
* Subtitles available.
* Supports audio description.
* Now and next electronic programme guide.
* 7 day electronic programme guide.
* 1 SCART socket.
* SCART lead not included.
* 1 HDMI socket.
* HDMI lead not included.
* Upscales to 1080p.
* Ethernet port.
* Power consumption in standby 2W.
* Power consumption in use 12W.
* Remote control requires 2 x AAA batteries (included).
* Size (H)4, (W)17, (D)29.5cm.
* Weight 0.9kg.
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#1
if the TV isnt in stock it lets you reserve the HD Box for £0.00, it'd be great if they honor this
#2
This is a great deal if they honour the freeview HD box! ...but only if they have stock...

Just to give you a heads up that there are non near Ellesmere Port, manchester and Chesterfield......

ahleung
#3
Sounds a good deal but the TV is out of stock anywhere near me :?
#4
I have one reserved for pick up but how do I wangle the freeview box?

Think I've just lost my chance haven't I, I forgot to reserve both in the same order, what a dufus.
#5
Very poor contrast ratio on this tv. But who knows maybe you can return the tv and keep the hd box for free. :)
#6
Just ordered and reserved both but as we know tv is out of stock, so I have my reservation number for the box at a charge of £0.00, see what happens when I go to collect tmrw
#7
or add sky hd for £30
#8
Plenty available in Wick - if you are up in that part of Scotland
#9
Can,t see where it says HD box is free
#10
tv is 50hz? thats awful, i think one of our tv's is 10 years old and its 100hz
#11
1 left in Ilford, but I'll wait another year till the good brands reach this price.
#12
reserved a couple of freeview boxes
seems bad not too if there free
Quick pay kiosk here we come
#13
'seems bad not too if there free'
Where does it say the're free
Gives 3 Add to Offer options,Sky,Batteries & Breakdown Cover
#14
Do you need a dish for freeview hd?
#15
whelpin
'seems bad not too if there free'
Where does it say the're free
Gives 3 Add to Offer options,Sky,Batteries & Breakdown Cover


If you read what the OP said he tells you that you have to manually search and add the freeview hd box :whistling:
#16
Wont get it free, already tried this today- reserved it at £0.00, got to the quick pay till and it charges you £149, because there's no tv available to order.
#17
1 of each available in Harpenden if anyone is interested. I may be being blonde but do you need the box if the TV is HD and freeview? Obviously you wouldn't turn down a freebie but just wondered.
#18
PsychoSonny
tv is 50hz? thats awful, i think one of our tv's is 10 years old and its 100hz


Awful? Considering most people that know what they're doing turn 100hz off, i don't think it matters that much:whistling:
#19
there is 1 tv in both greenock and glasgow silverburn.

both shops have the hd box in stock too, so if your near either of these then grab a bargain.

i cant justify it, got 2 tvs and virgin hd, so no good to me
#20
Nice, thanks for the heads up... reserved one, fingers crossed free hd box will come in handy

http://i40.tinypic.com/2z7eayw.jpg
#21
craigstephens
Awful? Considering most people that know what they're doing turn 100hz off, i don't think it matters that much:whistling:

Agree!
Hate the weird 'sped up, but not' effect of 100Hz.

And the guy who complained about the contrast ratio.....don't even get me started.
banned#22
how is this good ................:?
#23
Rubbish TV that's why its a good price, my sister and grandmother bought one of these TVs from Argos and both where returned within 6 months as faulty and replaced with a decent make one Hitachi is not known for its TVs and is not the make it was 15 years ago its rubbish.
#24
Is this likely to be any good, have reserved one but don't know whether to go and get it or not.

Googling reviews doesn't return many favourable comments.

3 at Coventry gallagher btw.
banned#25
greg_68;8544926
Is this likely to be any good, have reserved one but don't know whether to go and get it or not.

Googling reviews doesn't return many favourable comments.

3 at Coventry gallagher btw.

dont do it greg me ole son ,stick with a panny,samsung....pioneer to dear!
#26
Do they even give the model number for the TV!
#27
brought one of the HD boxes last week when they were on offer for £100 but if this means i can get one for nothing cos the tv aint in stock ill give that a try :)
#28
Agharta
Do they even give the model number for the TV!


L42VC04U
#29
olliehayman
Do you need a dish for freeview hd?


Nope. The dish is only needed for Freesat.
#30
olliehayman
Do you need a dish for freeview hd?


nope...
why would you think you did need one?
#31
ame2418
Wont get it free, already tried this today- reserved it at £0.00, got to the quick pay till and it charges you £149, because there's no tv available to order.


Wonder what would happen given the fact that I have reserved both? If I just go and get the receiver will it come up as £0? I doubt it.


p.s can anyone explain to a simpleton what the contrast ratio actually means. I realise the higher the better but this is 1400:1 whereas a lot are 50000:1, but there is another hitachi on the site with 500:1
#32
bought this tv last weekend...obv didnt get the hd box with it...if i returned the tv and bought the hd box with it(for free) would this work,or is it worth a phonecall to my local friendly argos manager to see if they would honor it?
#33
shaneomac
bought this tv last weekend...obv didnt get the hd box with it...if i returned the tv and bought the hd box with it(for free) would this work,or is it worth a phonecall to my local friendly argos manager to see if they would honor it?


Doubt they will honour it as surely this is a mistake / misprice, they have already dropped £200 off the tv, i can't see them giving away a £150 freeview box with it as well.

If it was supposed to be part of the deal i would have imagined they would advertise it on the TV page like with most other promotions.
#34
greg_68
L42VC04U

Thanks. Where did you see the info?
#35
Agharta
Thanks. Where did you see the info?


It's one of the questions asked about this tv down the bottom of the page on the left (someone did answer it has freeview HD installed though so answers may not be 100% correct although several answer the same model number.)

I am very confused though as I thought HD ready meant it was ready for a HD input and full HD meant was already capable of producing HD without any external sources i.e Freesat HD or Freeview HD installed
#36
greg_68
Doubt they will honour it as surely this is a mistake / misprice, they have already dropped £200 off the tv, i can't see them giving away a £150 freeview box with it as well.

If it was supposed to be part of the deal i would have imagined they would advertise it on the TV page like with most other promotions.


meh..was thinking that:oops:
mite be worth a phonecall anyway on sat morning-dont ask dont get:whistling:
cant reserve tv in my locals anyway-all outa stock,so id have to return mine which ive no intention of doing as its a great tv for the price.made this deal hot btw:thumbsup:
#37
greg_68
It's one of the questions asked about this tv down the bottom of the page on the left

Thanks. You have a better optician than mine. :thumbsup:
1 Like #38
greg_68
Wonder what would happen given the fact that I have reserved both? If I just go and get the receiver will it come up as £0? I doubt it.


p.s can anyone explain to a simpleton what the contrast ratio actually means. I realise the higher the better but this is 1400:1 whereas a lot are 50000:1, but there is another hitachi on the site with 500:1


Contast ratio is the ratio between the deepest blacks and the whitest white. Dynamic contrast ratio is meaningless - the ones that have exorbitantly high ratios are calculated by increasing the intensity of the backlight and then comparing with the deepest black. This is false and misleading. If you think about it, you will know why but just to explain, by raising the backlight intensity, the contrast of each individual pixel is raised including the black pixels. This means that the black pixels will appear gray. As each pixel's intensity is raised by a factor x, the contrast ratio between the deepest black (which now appears as a shade of gray due to the intensity) and the whitest white is EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE STATIC CONTRAST RATIO. However, manufacturers will raise the dynamic contrast ratio as a value multiplied by the aforementioned factor x. Why do they do this? Well, rather than using the newly illuminated grey shade of black as a reference, they use the black that is produced with static contrast ratio. By using this method, the dynamic contrast ratio is artificially increased by comparing it with a black that is non-existent (it is non-existent because the backlight's intensity has been raised).

What we actually have in practice, is that the contrast ratio when dynamically adjusting the contrast is EXACTLY the same as the standard contrast ratio. However, the picture can still be improved if the software is intelligent enough to apply the dynamic contrast at the right moments but on many TVs it is horrendous, leading to over-exposure of pictures or unreasonable greyness of blacks.

Another reason for the ridiculously high numbers in contrast ratios (and for that matter, ridiculous low response times) is that the average Joe believes these extreme numbers will be the be all and end all of a decent TV. Moreover, we have the inept staff at Comet, Currys, PC World, Argos, et al ramming these useless figures upon the consumer. Of course, this leads to amusing and uninformed comments on forums such as "Rubbish contrast ratio, must be rubbish TV", "Response time not low enough", "Not Full HD", "It's only 50Hz" and so on.

You've raised the question reagrding HD Ready. I've explained HD Ready and HD Ready 1080P several times so I won't go into too much detail. Essentially, HD Ready is a specification defined by EICTA and must support certain resolutions via HDMI input with HDCP decryption. If there's no HDCP decryption, it is NOT HD Ready. HD Ready 1080P is a superset of HD Ready. That means, it must meet HD Ready specifications with the addition of being able to receive and display a 1080P feed. It is sometimes known as "Full HD" by the unacquainted but Full HD actually means nothing as there is no standard to define it. Once again, it is something TV manufacturers dreamt up.
#39
greg_68
It's one of the questions asked about this tv down the bottom of the page on the left (someone did answer it has freeview HD installed though so answers may not be 100% correct although several answer the same model number.)

I am very confused though as I thought HD ready meant it was ready for a HD input and full HD meant was already capable of producing HD without any external sources i.e Freesat HD or Freeview HD installed


Full HD is just a way of saying the TV supports a 1080P resolution. Sony came up with this standard from memory to help differentiate Blu Ray and the PS3. It does not have a built in HD source its just capable of producing a 1080p resolution.

For it to be capable in the Uk to decode HD signals it must state built in Freeview HD or Freesat HD
#40
spurs142
Full HD is just a way of saying the TV supports a 1080P resolution. Sony came up with this standard from memory to help differentiate Blu Ray and the PS3. It does not have a built in HD source its just capable of producing a 1080p resolution.

For it to be capable in the Uk to decode HD signals it must state built in Freeview HD or Freesat HD


Sony did not coin the term "Full HD". Furthermore, it is NOT a standard. It isn't used to differentiate between PS3 and Blu Ray either.

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