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Bush Black Freesat HD Digital Box £67.39 + £5 voucher back @ Argos

£67.39 @ Argos
Thought this was worth a re-post as now you can obviously get a £5 voucher back on it - which makes it an even better deal. Has great reviews on the Argos website 4/5 stars over 102 reviews! # Digi… Read More
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7y, 6m agoFound 7 years, 6 months ago
Thought this was worth a re-post as now you can obviously get a £5 voucher back on it - which makes it an even better deal.
Has great reviews on the Argos website 4/5 stars over 102 reviews!
# Digitally interactive.

# Digital text.

# LNB in.

# Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles.

# Auto setup.

# Auto detection of new channels.

# Auto scan for new channels.

# Now and next electronic programme guide.

# 7 day electronic programme guide.

# 2 SCART sockets.

# HDMI output socket.

# HDMI cable included.

# Upscales to 1080i.

# Remote control.

# Access over 140 Freesat digital channels and radio stations (Freesat service dependent).

# Audio description (broadcast mix) (Freesat service dependent).

# Fully interactive with LAN port for connection to broadband (Freesat service dependent).

# Stunning high definition programmes.

# Subscription free.

# Size (H)4.2, (W)25.7, (D)16.5cm.

# Weight 0.82kg.

# Remote control requires 2 x AAA batteries (included)

NOW £59.99 - you might want to alter Title OP
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QUESTION
This looks a gr8 deal to me.
Why does everyone go on about foxsat boxes??? why are they better (certainly dearer)
What can they do that this cant? In english layman terms please
Pete
#2
peterdarlison
QUESTION
This looks a gr8 deal to me.
Why does everyone go on about foxsat boxes??? why are they better (certainly dearer)
What can they do that this cant? In english layman terms please
Pete


I'd like to know the same :thumbsup:
#3
The Foxsat is a superior box. The quality of the box and picture are much better. Plus there is a Foxsat box which works in a similar way to Sky Plus (PVR).

The Bush box is not as good and there have been problems with these boxes.

It is not a bad deal but it is luck of the draw if it works or not.
#4
Afroman_nac
The Foxsat is a superior box. The quality of the box and picture are much better. Plus there is a Foxsat box which works in a similar way to Sky Plus (PVR).

The Bush box is not as good and there have been problems with these boxes.

It is not a bad deal but it is luck of the draw if it works or not.


Apparently, in the last post it auto downloads a new firmware making it work fine - if indeed there are any problems.
Just for a price comparison from Argos
Foxsat HD £149.99
Foxsat HD Recorder £243.99
Hardly in the same ballpark price wise is it?
#5
peterdarlison
QUESTION
This looks a gr8 deal to me.
Why does everyone go on about foxsat boxes??? why are they better (certainly dearer)
What can they do that this cant? In english layman terms please
Pete


All true what people said above. However, since there are only a very few HD programs on Freesat it might be better to get a SD box with PVR HDD recording for the same money. This would be my choice if I was going to buy a Freesat box.
#6
pet2000
All true what people said above. However, since there are only a very few HD programs on Freesat it might be better to get a SD box with PVR HDD recording for the same money. This would be my choice if I was going to buy a Freesat box.

Indeed but if you do want the few HD channels, it makes spending £150 on a humax one even less sense, you could buy this and a PVR for less.
Just thought it was a cheap way of watching those 'few' HD channels, if others don't agree that's fine.
#7
To use this box ,would I need to get another LNB as the one I have at the moment is a bog standard Sky LNB....if so what type and how much?
#8
You can unplug your Sky box and plug a Freesat box straight in.
If you have Sky+, 1 LNB input for your old Sky box (no + features of course) and Freesat the other LNB cable. Trust me, I'm a Doctor :-D
#9
Skybird
To use this box ,would I need to get another LNB as the one I have at the moment is a bog standard Sky LNB....if so what type and how much?


You can get a quad lnb for about £6-£10 delivered on fleabay - maybe even less, I bought a kit with 10m of cable,wall clips, ends and a quad lnb for about a tenner.
you literally replace your lnb - its very easy just 1 screw (mine was).
#10
G0OSE;6734368
You can get a quad lnb for about £6-£10 delivered on fleabay - maybe even less, I bought a kit with 10m of cable,wall clips, ends and a quad lnb for about a tenner.
you literally replace your lnb - its very easy just 1 screw (mine was).

To use this box you only need 1 LNB, However if you want to keep the sky box as well you will need to replace it with a Quad LNB as G0OSE has described above.

I have a Grundig HD Box. Quality is good, but as only paid £50 for it I am happy. Got Sky HD on the main one anyway. :)
#11
Thx everyone 4 ur answers
I cant have freeview because the reception is terrible where i live so have sky plus box soon to run out of contract hence get free channels from sky.
Just wondered wen u say the picture quality speech problems etc , is this the box or reception area?
would love hd as got tv for hd, especially for this price but dont want crap reception as like freeview.
pete
#12
I've had two of these now. Both have gone back.

The picture/sound quality is good, but there are too many bugs. The major ones are:

You switch the box off and can't get it back on without unplugging it.

The screen goes black for no apparent reason.

I'd love these to be a good deal, but they're not!
#13
great deal. Heat added...can't beat a bit of black bush.:thumbsup:
#14
Bought one the other day and had no problems with it. Very good value for money.
#15
Someone explain freesat to me please and what it offers compared to my freeview. Thanks
#16
Eez1
Someone explain freesat to me please and what it offers compared to my freeview. Thanks


http://www.digital4free.co.uk/?p=4
#17
If you wish to switch manually between SKY+/SKY and freesat- one could buy one of these rather than getting a quad LNB and drilling more holes. I don't want three feeds coming into my living room - two is difficult enough to hide out of view. I also want to save my quad LNB for future use upstairs - and I REALLY REALLY don't one an octoLNB with a carcophony of wires at the front of house

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=17808&C=6354&U=RTSatFAQ

Wire up the second SKY+ feed to the central input - and your two boxes to A and B

Sorts the problem of two boxes trying to compete for LNB polaraity.

Obviously whilst watching FreeSat - you disable the second SKY+ tuner.
However, I'm never going to need to record two programs, whilst I'm watching another programme on BBC FreeSat HD.
#18
Does this have a UHF output that can be powered at 9v?

I moved in to a house earlier this year, and had to acquire a very old sky box, as the amplifier/distributor in the loft was powered from the UHF2 out on the sky box at 9v. This distributes the Sky picture and the power to the booster and distributor so that the TVs work in the other rooms in the house to either watch sky or freeview.

Would this box be able to do this, or do I need to re-visit this whole set up, i.e but a 9v over coaxial power booster if I want to go down the freesat route.

Thanks,

Bunnster

:thinking:
#19
tremtastic;6998013
I've had two of these now. Both have gone back.

The picture/sound quality is good, but there are too many bugs. The major ones are:

You switch the box off and can't get it back on without unplugging it.

The screen goes black for no apparent reason.

I'd love these to be a good deal, but they're not!

Was that under the current firmware or maybe several weeks/months ago?
I wouldn't usually touch a Bush (fnaar fnarr :oops:) but this does seems a cheap way to get access to rubbish programmes!
#20
Considering that Freeview will be High Definition in the not too distant future - is it worth buying one of these even at this price?

Incidentally, the BBC will be broadcasting the entire World Cup 2010 in HD via freeview next summer.
#21
martinelsen
Considering that Freeview will be High Definition in the not too distant future - is it worth buying one of these even at this price?

Incidentally, the BBC will be broadcasting the entire World Cup 2010 in HD via freeview next summer.


Yes, but you will still need to buy a new STB to receive HD via freeview as the hardware currently out there wont support it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2009/11/bbc_hd_on_freeview_rollout_dat.html
#22
stinky
Yes, but you will still need to buy a new STB to receive HD via freeview as the hardware currently out there wont support it.


And FreeSat will support BBC iPlayer in the not too distant future.
Just how well that works though, remains to be seen...
#23
Will the BBC HD world cup also be on freesat?
#24
;-)Yes that is true but you will need a new freeview box that receives DVB-T2 so this may well be the cheapest way forward!
#25
I got one of these few weeks back as my freeview signal was terrible and I discovered my flat has a dish. It works well except the sound can go if you flick between channels very quickly - you must then cycle the power. The favourite channels feature could be done better (like every other set-top box maybe) since you must go into the channel listing first and then you can filter them by favourite. For me it was worth the money.
#26
Nice price. Got me a Goodmans HD box for £50 last christmas at empiredirect before they went bust. Am slightly upset at the lack of HD content though on freesat.
#27
tremtastic;6998013
I've had two of these now. Both have gone back.

The picture/sound quality is good, but there are too many bugs. The major ones are:

You switch the box off and can't get it back on without unplugging it.

The screen goes black for no apparent reason.

I'd love these to be a good deal, but they're not!


I'd like to know when you had them, in my 6 months experience with it, it has been the most reliable set-top box I've ever owned (Freeview and Freesat). The biggest issue I have is that now and then ITV HD audio sometimes goes out of sync, but changing to another channel and back fixes it (that doesn't happen with BBC HD though so it may be more to do with ITV). Other than that, I've never had trouble getting the box to power up or had the screen go black for no apparent reason.

I suspect that there is either a hardware modification on newer versions or the latest software fixes the issues you suggest, but in my experience I would have no problems recommending it to anyone, expecially at this price.
#28
Forgive my ignorance but wjhat is the input source for one of these Freesat boxes? I know for freeview boxes, you just plug in a standard tv aerial (coaxial input). Will it be the same for Freeview HD?
#29
freesat should be better reception than freeview but you can still be influenced by weather within line of site of the dish plus other environmental issues. However for some it can be a further option if they have little or no reception on freeview.

other cheap receivers are available comag also do a cheap one with usb option for storing to usb stick or hdd.

i forgot to mention no system is faultless right now... many go out of synch between audio and picture..... some often reboot, others will turn off and need a hard reset.

HD is improving they are often synch and testing the signaks to ensure audio matches whats on screen, but they still have some problems.

Its important to remember its new technology, and as many of the receivers are different - upgrades are required, you also have to remember as technology changes a bargain can often be gained as new equipment comes out.

I would always say if you can afford it go with humax / foxsat, but even humax systems have had major problems over the last few weeks...

have a good time bargain hunting....

regards
#30
Hillsman
Forgive my ignorance but wjhat is the input source for one of these Freesat boxes? I know for freeview boxes, you just plug in a standard tv aerial (coaxial input). Will it be the same for Freeview HD?


It uses a satellite cable - F Type connectors.
You can't use a standard coxial input, and you need a dish (Sky dishes are perfectly acceptable)
#31
BlackCloud
Was that under the current firmware or maybe several weeks/months ago?
I wouldn't usually touch a Bush (fnaar fnarr :oops:) but this does seems a cheap way to get access to rubbish programmes!


why would you want cheap access to rubbish programmes just get the best deal ever and save your cash and dont buy...lol...

some guys make me laugh, thanks for that any ways...
#32
wolverine2031;7000270
why would you want cheap access to rubbish programmes just get the best deal ever and save your cash and dont buy...lol...

some guys make me laugh, thanks for that any ways...

You took my post too literally and seriously, it was meant a bit tongue in cheek! :)
However, like many a true word spoken in jest, I wouldn't want to invest a great deal in Freesat right now as the programmes on Freesat do look a bit pants. I'd imagine it to be a showcase of HD but many programmes are a bit weak in my opinion and ITV can't even be bothered tosend their schedules to the Freesat website :) I have a HD tv so I may be tempted by this offer to get a feel for it, but eventually I'd want a HD recorder in a year or two. £64 with the voucher is not bad for a punt. :thinking:
#33
:-D Just been to Argos and bought one of these now priced at £59.99 + the £5 voucher!!!:thumbsup:
#34
wrighty65
:-D Just been to Argos and bought one of these now priced at £59.99 + the £5 voucher!!!:thumbsup:


is that an instore price then? website still says 67.39
#35
Yes thats what I paid instore.
#36
Bit of an update on the BBC iplayer front for freeset: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8378394.stm
#37
Yep, bought one of these on the way home, £59.99 and a voucher. Not even plugged it in yet! :) For me it's worth having for the odd good programme at that price and I am sure things will get better. If it's a rubbish box it can go back.
#38
do they show any hd movies on the few hd channels,
#39
Ok, running this on HDMI to a 42in Philips 7404. I'm usually a bit snobby about branding preferring named brands but I have no complaints about this so far. Looks very sharp, good colour, remote is quite a biggish unit and not a cheap tiny thing. Comes with a good HDMI cable, installed in minutes. I'm running it off a Sky dish at 90% signal.
BBC HDMI looks good, upscaling on SD channels looks fine. As predicted in my earlier posts it's just that the programming isn't much cop and there isn't much transmitted in HD.
Will have to see how it goes the next day or two, but at the cost of a night out I think it's good and it adds the HD capability I bought it for. I can't really see it's worth paying double for a Humax and it compliments my Freeview anyway.
#40
Excellent find. I paid over £200 last year for a Humax Freesat HD which is very similar. If you've got a sattelite dish I'd snap it up.:thumbsup:

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