i-Can Easy HD 2851T Freeview HD Set Top Box with BBC IPlayer £42 at Tesco - HotUKDeals
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Was in Tesco at Accrington at the weekend when I noticed this unit on offer at £42, all the boxes were sealed and brand new, I thought this was excellent value considering it does Freeview HD and has BBC IPlayer, not sure if this is nationwide though:

Manufacturers Spec:

The i-Can Easy HD 2851T is a great value Freeview HD Set Top Box with HDMI output supporting full 1080p HD resolutions. Not only can you receive high definition Freeview channels you can also enjoy BBC iPlayer if you have broadband. And it doesn't just look good, you can output Dolby Digital surround sound to your AV receiver through the optical digital socket.

This brilliant box will receive HD channels through your standard roof antenna and output full 1080p HD via HDMI, giving you terrific pictures. You'll also be able to enjoy clean, vivid images from standard definition Freeview channels. There's also a Scart socket for connection to older non-HD-ready TVs.

The easy to use Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) shows you what's on for the coming week and lets you create a favourites list of all your most-watched channels. A host of fantastic channels will only be a few button presses away. If you have a broadband connection you can connect the 2851T to your home network to access the BBC's iPlayer service and catch up on programmes you've missed.

The 2851T has a smart card slot on the front panel so that you can access TopUp TV services such as ESPN or Sky Sports.

The i-Can Easy HD 2851T is an excellent value set-top box crammed with features.
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#1
As reported, the firmware update available from I-CAN website upgrades the unit to Version GBR_074, 10th Dec 2010. Thanks to Greyowl for making me aware of this update. As I was running the previous version, I can report the following observed changes: Revised, improved & slicker iPlayer application with similar HD & Radio capabilities, Slicker navigation through the General Application, Menu option for Power Saving added, DD5.1 surround sound probably working?

The usual health warning- firmware upgrades carry some risk of bricking the kit - Careful!

Now a great piece of kit, better than my Foxsat HD!
#2
Saw this in my local currys at £99 and although it has been posted before, superb bit of kit and iplayer is sharp and clear.
#3
This was £40 in my tesco.. so it must have gone up!

Cheapskater
As reported, the firmware update available from I-CAN website upgrades the unit to Version GBR_074, 10th Dec 2010. Thanks to Greyowl for making me aware of this update. As I was running the previous version, I can report the following observed changes: Revised, improved & slicker iPlayer application with similar HD & Radio capabilities, Slicker navigation through the General Application, Menu option for Power Saving added, DD5.1 surround sound probably working?

The usual health warning- firmware upgrades carry some risk of bricking the kit - Careful!

Now a great piece of kit, better than my Foxsat HD!

Do you know if it has an in built signal booster?
#4
How is this better than your Foxsat receiver?

Seems strange comparing this with a satellite receiver when this is Freeview. Is it that Freeview is better in your area anyway?
1 Like #5
Comparing my Freesat HD with this i-CAN Freeview HD receiver-

i-CAN (Freeview HD) has better broadcast HD picture quality (PQ) than Foxsat HD;
i-CAN has much better iPLAYER capabilities (HD & Radio), and greatly superior iPLAYER PQ than Foxsat HD;
i-CAN has lower power consumption than Foxsat HD (8 watts vs 21 watts); (but not so good in standby!);

Foxsat HD has better signal resilience i.e. weather, pigeons!

This is the experience in my installation, so I find I mostly use the i-CAN receiver.
#6
I just checked the spec over at http://www.adbglobal.com/
Sorry, doesn't say if it has in-built signal boost.
#7
Just had one put aside. For £42 this is a fabulous deal...

Does it play the live iPlayer streams as well?
#8
Cheapskater
Comparing my Freesat HD with this i-CAN Freeview HD receiver-

i-CAN (Freeview HD) has better broadcast HD picture quality (PQ) than Foxsat HD;
i-CAN has much better iPLAYER capabilities (HD & Radio), and greatly superior iPLAYER PQ than Foxsat HD;
i-CAN has lower power consumption than Foxsat HD (8 watts vs 21 watts); (but not so good in standby!);

Foxsat HD has better signal resilience i.e. weather, pigeons!

This is the experience in my installation, so I find I mostly use the i-CAN receiver.


Thanks for your observations on this product,
sounds OK. Thank you FTCom for the post.
Hot.
#9
Do freeview HD channels even output 1080p? I always thought it was 720p.
#10
Have they made a USB record firmware yet? As the remote has a record button and this firmware was expected some time ago.
#11
The i-CAN box outputs at 1080i (1080p can be selected), but I'm not sure what the broadcast standard is for Freeview HD (think it's 1080i).
No USB record firmware yet available (that I know of).
I believe that ADBdigital have pulled out of the UK retail market (disappointing sales!) but hopefully the box will continue to be upgraded/supported by Top Up TV?
#12
DarrylJohn
Do freeview HD channels even output 1080p? I always thought it was 720p.

1080i on my Sony TV with Freeview HD
#13
Can you access the iPlayer via Ethernet without having a Freeview signal?

I realise this seems like a daft question, however my Sony TV with built-in iPlayer features has to have a decent signal before the extras menu can be accessed and it starts to stream (and then no signal is required)
#14
For a complete HD newby....

do I need to get a HD satelite for this to connect to? Or will it receive a good enough HD signal without?

Alternative solution is running a long HDMI cable from my skyHD box downstairs to my TV upstairs.

Any pointers would be grateful!
#15
I imagine this would be no good for me?? - I cant even get standard ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from where I live.. Would love if this would work.
#16
stukirky
For a complete HD newby....

do I need to get a HD satelite for this to connect to? Or will it receive a good enough HD signal without?

Alternative solution is running a long HDMI cable from my skyHD box downstairs to my TV upstairs.

Any pointers would be grateful!


If you've got a standard television aerial and socket in the house you can connect this unit up via that and then connect it through to your television, it doesn't use or require a satellite dish..
#17
musical
Just had one put aside. For £42 this is a fabulous deal...

Does it play the live iPlayer streams as well?



how did you get one put aside . call of click and reserve ? I cant find it on website?
#18
No terrestial signal is needed for iPlayer to run - I've just tried it (removed the aerial)
#19
Thanks FTCom...

...Unfortunately no standard TV aerial so will have to invest in one.

Would of thought they'd be wireless HD transmitters out by now so I could run from SkyHD upstairs.

Oh well, guess I will have to stop being a tight wad and invest!
#20
would this set up work in Brittany France?????????????
1 Like #21
I actually posted this deal about a month ago and got low heat - i don't get this site sometimes . The box has actually gone down to £30 in some stores but hey ho
#22
I was about to jump on this as I though Freeview HD neeed to have a sat dish. I dont have an aerial but do have a Sky dish that I want to stop paying over the odds for.

Any recomendations for a Freesat HD box that has simmilar capabilities?
#23
SLOAMAN
I actually posted this deal about a month ago and got low heat - i don't get this site sometimes . The box has actually gone down to £30 in some stores but hey ho

You posted it @ £50 and got 156 degrees of heat. I think more heat at a lower price point is fair.

Although to boost your submissions, you should really put "my first post, go easy on me, lol etc etc"
#24
Someone asked earlier whether any freeview broadcasts were 1080p. Yes, some on BBC HD are. Though the majority are still broadcast in 1080i.
#25
Got one of these from Aldi @ £79.00 and thought that was a good buy, excellent picture on freeview and Iplayer upgraded vis usb stick after download fron ican site.If I find one in Tesco will return the tesco one to aldi to get refund
#26
Can't find it on the Tesco Direct.... I only want to know one thing...... IS IT WIFI? as my router is miles away from where this will be going....

& if not can I just slap a usb wifi dongle in it????????????????????????????????

Thanks


Edited By: mightykaboosh on Jun 21, 2011 13:37: .
#27
rascal2
would this set up work in Brittany France?????????????


It depends if you can get a strong enough
signal from a UK transmitter.
#28
sirteuk
Got one of these from Aldi @ £79.00 and thought that was a good buy, excellent picture on freeview and Iplayer upgraded vis usb stick after download fron ican site.If I find one in Tesco will return the tesco one to aldi to get refund


Tread with care, they don't take back
everything for any reason these days.
They have probably read similar comments
to yours and realised they were being
taken for a ride.
#29
I cant find them in store or on line
#30
gluke21
rascal2
would this set up work in Brittany France?????????????

It depends if you can get a strong enough
signal from a UK transmitter.

Redruth transmitter in Cornwall or Beacon Hill in South Devon may be close enough for FreeviewHD if you use a wideband aerial with enough gain and you have a PAL ( as opposed to a French SECAM ) HDTV with an HDMI socket.
BBC iPlayer won't work at the moment unless you have an internet IP address from a UK ISP.
There are plans to allow iPlayer abroad for a monthly fee, but not sure on status of that.
#31
AlanK
I was about to jump on this as I though Freeview HD neeed to have a sat dish. I dont have an aerial but do have a Sky dish that I want to stop paying over the odds for.Any recomendations for a Freesat HD box that has simmilar capabilities?


Erm don't you get to keep the skybox if you leave sky? Thought you'd need a card to get the free to view channels but apparently
Viewing cards which were used to access subscription services, automatically revert to acting as Freesat from Sky viewing cards upon cancellation of the subscription.


So if you are outside the minimum period you shouldn't need to buy anything. :)
#32
wilste
I cant find them in store or on line
They were a clearance item a while ago so won't be online anymore and it's pot luck if a Tesco store has any left.
Tesco Superstores with the 2nd tech/clothing floor are the best bet, but no guarantees.
I understand Aldi stores have been stocking these as sirteuk mentions and the price has now dropped to £50.
Again no guarantees.
#33
wilste
I cant find them in store or on line



These appear to be instore only, I checked this morning online at the Tesco Direct website, but they had been removed from the listings for freeview boxes. They was on their website about four weeks ago or so, but appear to be just available instore only now if your lucky.
#34
anyone got a SKU number or other store code for it please?
#35
Pondlife
AlanK
I was about to jump on this as I though Freeview HD neeed to have a sat dish. I dont have an aerial but do have a Sky dish that I want to stop paying over the odds for.Any recomendations for a Freesat HD box that has simmilar capabilities?

Erm don't you get to keep the skybox if you leave sky? Thought you'd need a card to get the free to view channels but apparently
Viewing cards which were used to access subscription services, automatically revert to acting as Freesat from Sky viewing cards upon cancellation of the subscription.

So if you are outside the minimum period you shouldn't need to buy anything. :)

Yeah but you dont get the HD part - thats one reason I hate Sky, making you pay twice for the same content in HD. Will be using it for Freeview if I cancell but would like a way to get HD content.
#36
mightykaboosh
Can't find it on the Tesco Direct.... I only want to know one thing...... IS IT WIFI? as my router is miles away from where this will be going....

& if not can I just slap a usb wifi dongle in it????????????????????????????????

Thanks

No and no. It has a standard RJ45 network port.
A direct cable would be best, then homeplug units and if wireless must be used, a WiFi access point that will work with your existing router.
TP-Link brand access points are about £20-£30.

Edited By: Greyowl on Jun 21, 2011 15:11
#37
Cheers thanks for the advise.
#38
condemmedman
musical
Just had one put aside. For £42 this is a fabulous deal...

Does it play the live iPlayer streams as well?



how did you get one put aside . call of click and reserve ? I cant find it on website?


I rang the store and they arranged for it to be kept behind the electricals counter.
#39
Max-Power
This was £40 in my tesco.. so it must have gone up!

Cheapskater
As reported, the firmware update available from I-CAN website upgrades the unit to Version GBR_074, 10th Dec 2010. Thanks to Greyowl for making me aware of this update. As I was running the previous version, I can report the following observed changes: Revised, improved & slicker iPlayer application with similar HD & Radio capabilities, Slicker navigation through the General Application, Menu option for Power Saving added, DD5.1 surround sound probably working?

The usual health warning- firmware upgrades carry some risk of bricking the kit - Careful!

Now a great piece of kit, better than my Foxsat HD!

Do you know if it has an in built signal booster?


I doubt it. IIRC, there will be a transmission power increase 200%?! after full digital switchover, meaning that come the end of next year there should be much fewer reception problems.(because the analouge + digital signals would interfere at full power) Also each reciever differs in terms of sensitivity (signal rejection) and being a newer chipset, this one seems to be on the better side of the money.

Edited By: huggychair on Jun 21, 2011 22:38: xx
#40
Cheapskater
No terrestial signal is needed for iPlayer to run - I've just tried it (removed the aerial)


Thanks for testing, very useful

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