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Clarity Digital Set Top Freeview Box - £14.99 @ Argos !

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* Model number CDVB1 * Black * Digitally interactive * Digital text * RF loop * Digital Video

* Broadcasting(DVB) subtitles available * Auto set-up * Auto detection of new channels.

* Auto scan for new channels * Now and next electronic programme guide.

* Electronic programme guide - 7 day support * 1 SCART socket * Freeview playback approved.

* RS232 port * Remote control - batteries supplied (uses AAA batteries) * Size (H)3.4, (W)23, (D)14.1cm.
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#1
I personally wouldn't buy a freeview box unless they are capable of handling the HD channels that are planned for transmission over the next few years. Thats why the prices are dropping.
#2
Rubbish. Prices are dropping because the boxes are in mass production with cheap chipsets - not because shops are clearing old stock.
#3
waygood
I personally wouldn't buy a freeview box unless they are capable of handling the HD channels that are planned for transmission over the next few years. Thats why the prices are dropping.


Good luck with the wait :roll:

Now why would this be freeview playback approved given thats its not a PVR? Good price btw, thinking of getting my parents off their cable analogue system which is piped through the house and this could be a cheap way of doing it.

Rob
#4
What a stupid thing to say, why would prices drop for something that might happen in a few years time?

Really annoying that I can't get Freeview :(
#5
This seems to be about the average price for a basic set top box at the moment.

Personally, I would pay a few £ more for a 2nd scart connection.
#6
waygood
I personally wouldn't buy a freeview box unless they are capable of handling the HD channels that are planned for transmission over the next few years. Thats why the prices are dropping.



LOLZ

Thanks for giving me the first laugh of the day!!! Hilarious
#7
I need to get a 2nd freeview box ... does anyone no if this the cheapest around?
#8
a7awo
I need to get a 2nd freeview box ... does anyone no if this the cheapest around?



All these no brand freeview boxes are around £15 now. Asda also do one at £15, for example (though I don't know if it has 7 day EPG, which is handy)

HTH.
#9
as do currys, comet, tescos, ebuyer etc.etc
#10
why on earth does it need a serial port? can I do anything geeky with it?
#11
I bought one of these a few days ago works great. Though as mentioned you may want to spend a little more and get one with a second scart. I use this with my TV card on the pc a nice low cost upgrade.

Freeview now has quite a few channels and well worth the money. As the analoge signal goes off, less than a year where I live ,the digital signal will go up, so you may find that you will be able to use an indoor aerial.

As for HD well thats not planned till 2012 and PVR's are in a different item alltogther.
#12
Just wondering if the responsiveness is ok on this one? I'd pay a bit more if it meant I didn't have to spend 3 seconds waiting for each channel to change... Otherwise, I'll go and pick one of these up!
#13
I know what you mean Mull - we had a Bush IDTV box (just freeview) from Argos 2 years ago - it was slow as hell! - we had a look at the £15 minibox that Asda were doing and although not branded as Bush, was exactly the same GUI - although the response time had improved.

Just bought the Acoustic Solutions one from Argos, and low and behold it's the same GUI again! But a much faster machine than the old Bush!
#14
Sorry guys, but what's so handy with having a second scart :?
#16
Does the Scart socket on this output in RGB??? I have a TV with a Scart socket which will only accept RGB signals.
#17
Sorry - but what does two SCARTs do better than one SCART?
#18
minorbob
Sorry - but what does two SCARTs do better than one SCART?


Record from Freeview to VCR/DVD recorder.
#19
minorbob
Sorry - but what does two SCARTs do better than one SCART?


On my PVR I use one scart for tv and the other for games console.
#20
Bought one today for grandparents for christmas. Took it to the inlaws just now to try it on an old (none digital) tv aerial and it picked up 60 odd channels and a load of radio stations. Watched 15 minutes of Channel 5 on it and it looked ok.
#21
daryllg
Does the Scart socket on this output in RGB??? I have a TV with a Scart socket which will only accept RGB signals.


Anyone know, I ask only because this is excluded from the 30 day guarantee
#22


Any special reason for this?

Also, does someone know that will this box have a coaxial or AV output. My TV accepts only AV and coax(RF) inputs and does not have a SCART input.
#23
Picked one up last night. One scart, and coax and AV lead outputs. My old freeview unit broke down a few months ago. This is a cheap option to replace it until I go full on HD and get myself fully kitted out sometime next year. I wouldn't normally reccommend cheap end electrical goods, but as a stop-gap, this is a decent little unit. If you're just looking for a basic freeview unit, get this one. It is quite good. If not, look elsewhere.
#24
Have a look at Richer Sounds clearance freeview boxes, there's some good branded ones for £20. Got to be worth the extra £5 over a no brander.
There's a Panasonic on Ebuyer for less than £20 too.
#25
The remote on this is useless! ergonomically.... bought myself a techwood (posted here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118984) will connect it today and see if it's any better...

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