DigiFusion FreeView Set Top Box with Built in 40GB Digital Twin Tuner Video Recorder (Refurb) - £61. - HotUKDeals
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3% quidco cashback !! With a handful of successful Freeview boxes under its belt, Digifusion has now released a twin-tuner PVR receiver.. Its extraordinarily thin and sleek (the power supply is in the mains plug) its hard to believe there are two tuners and a hard-drive in there! On the back panel there are two Scart sockets for TV and VCR (both with S-Video and the TV Scart also offering RGB), the usual UHF loopthrough connectors and stereo analogue audio outputs.

Twin Tuner | 40Gb Hard Drive | Pause and Rewind Live TV | Fully Interactive | Remote control | 2 SCART Sockets (including SCART lead) | Super Compression Technology | 7 Day Electronic Programme Guide | RF Loop Through | Multi Guide | Programme listings are broadcast daily and stored in the Memory | Full seven day look ahead | Rapid page navigation | Detailed programme synopsis | Reminders and favourite channel feature

This is a combined Digital Video Recorder and Digital Terrestrial Receiver (NO MORE TAPES). The Digifusion FVRT100 Digital Video Recorder (DVR) offers a host of exciting new features to give you greater control and choice of watching what you want, when you want. This new technology stores over 40 hours of FREEVIEW TV programmes onto its hard disk, Using SCT (Super Compression Technology) meaning there is no need for video tapes andyou will always have something to watch! Recording TV has never been easier, you can choose what you want to record quickly and easily through Multi Guide and set recordings up to 7 days in advance, with access to all free-to-air digital TV channels and radio stations available.
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#2
Great price - voted hot. Surprised to see it had been voted cold!

Dave.
#3
As I keep saying everyone has the right to vote cold..all we ask is please say why because it helps to make a decision on whether to consider a purchase.
#4
v2drinkers
I'd suggest going for the Humax or a topfield ( A lot more expensive though ) but for HDD recorders you do tend to get what you pay for.

I have a Humax, and have found it better than others I've used (and see die), but it freezes just the same. I put it down to poor signal quality though! Even the cheaper ones can be good as long as there is a decent signal.
#5
v2drinkers
I have a humax 9200T- never frozen - bought a digimax first then a sagem but on the same aerial I am using now they froze all the time and the digimax wouldnt switch off standby sometimes. I wouldn't touch these even if it was free (OK I would nick the Hard drive out of it for use as a backup device)


As I said, it's probably due to signal quality with mine! There is a wacking big school in front of my house, even with analog TV the picture is poor, thus I have to use a booster.
#6
Thanks for this currychops :)
#7
Thanks from me too Currychops :)
#8
v2drinkers
Digifusion HDD recievers are notorious for being unreliable - freezing not recording etc. This also doesnt have a cam slot so you wont be able to receive such things as top up tv or the new Sky channels when they are released on freeview shortly.
So I'm about to vote cold. I'd suggest going for the Humax or a topfield ( A lot more expensive though ) but for HDD recorders you do tend to get what you pay for.


I got a topfield a year ago now - I wanted soemthing that could automatically record programmes based on thier name (eg - record everything with "top gear" in the title), and the topfield was the only thing other than sky plus and tivo that could manage it (albiet with software addons called taps). Although I am very pleased with it, it does crash fairly often - I would not recommend it to a novice user.

Dave.
#9
I have a didgifusion FVRT145 which is essentially one of these with an 80GB hard drive. I would recommend reading the excellent forums on Digitalspy before buying any PVR. The Digifusion forum is particularly good and does detail the problems which people have had with these devices, and in most cases how to fix them or preferably avoid them in the first place.

Basically it is rather noisy - even in standby, the menu backgrounds are disgusting, they can suffer from overheating, so don't place it ontop of under another device and leave plenty of space around it. Don't use the compression, it can mess up the hard drive so much that you have to reformat. Oh, and the remote isn't hat great either.

But we wouldn't be without it, it has totally revolutionised our tv watching, and if you get a good one then you'll be happy too. It's not as good as the Humax or Toppy, but then it's less than a third of the price.

If you check out the Digitalspy forum, you'll find out how to change the hard drive for a bigger one, change the software to get rid of the dodgy backgrounds, or even to add the extra features of the FVRT200.

Like I say, we like ours, if we decided to wait 'til we could afford a Humax, we'd still be saving, and not have the benefits.
#10
Oh, forgot to mention, it's crashed wice in the last 12 months!
#11
With a 40gb hard drive you'll end up deleting stuff before you get to watch it, although as somone stated earlier you might be able to upgrade this.

This is cheap but too cheap really. I'll be getting a Humax as they at least seem to have a very good name.

I've given this some heat as it will be a bargain for those that have never used a PVR before.
#12
I got this from Dabs £66.00 delivered plus 3% Quidco
Its a Digihome PVR80 twin turner and an 80gb hard drive
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?QuickLinx=4DDP
#13
The Digifusion is my favourite gadget. It really does change your viewing habits. It is really easy to use. Programming a recording is so simple as you just select it from the 14 day programme guide.

Would I recommend buying it? NO! It was an early model which had several design flaws. The external power supply is underrated and is likely to fail. The unit produces so much heat that the life of the harddrive will be greatly reduced and the capacitors in the unit are also affected. The compression technology is unreliable and its use can result in all recordings being wiped. You need to be an enthusiast to love the FVRT 100.
#14
If you are thinking of using the Dabs link to order a Digihome PVR80 twin tuner make sure you read ALL the feed back reviews as there is some poor comments on the last two pages.
#15
To echo what has been said before, it is so noisy you wouldn't want it in the bedroom. It seems to be a combination of the fan and the hard drive.

However I've had one for 6 months with no problems.
#16
v2drinkers
Digifusion HDD recievers are notorious for being unreliable - freezing not recording etc. This also doesnt have a cam slot so you wont be able to receive such things as top up tv or the new Sky channels when they are released on freeview shortly.
So I'm about to vote cold. I'd suggest going for the Humax or a topfield ( A lot more expensive though ) but for HDD recorders you do tend to get what you pay for.


I had 2 of the Digifusion HDD receivers. The first one had a problem after nearly 12 months (I wonder if all Topfield,Humax have been 100% reliable over 12 months, I expect some have not made it that long). It was swapped for the same machine with another model number, it seems my new one has a better power supply. We've had the second one just over 12 months & once we came down & it lost all the recordings, other than that it has been 100% reliable, the loss of recordings is in all forums about all makes so it's not this particular make.
As for pay TV or 'SKY High charges that cost you the Earth'. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FREEVIEW & THERE IS NO PLACE FOR RIP OFF MERCHANTS ON IT. They have they're platform on Satellite & Cable, let them stay there.
#17
I have had one the FVRT 100 for over a year now.

The main problem with them is the weedy 2amp power supply, and it does like a good freeview signal.

The power supply needs to be upgraded to at least a 3amp (preferably 5 if you want to upgrade the hard drive).

The 2amp supply WILL fail, usually 10 minutes after the warranty runs out.

A poor signal also causes a lot of problems with viewing and recording.

The good points are that it can record 2 programs at the same time whilst watching a previous recording.

As Mike73 said, check out the forums on Digitalspy, there's loads of info on this PVR, from problems and how to overcome them to upgrading and which harddrives are best for it (it supports up to 138GB so a popular upgrade is to a 120GB drive).

I've got to admit, dispite the problems I like this PVR, it has more features than pricier rivals and even broken ones sell on ebay for about £40 to people who refurb and resell them.

If you are going to buy one of these just check to see if has the 3amp supply, the new ones have but I don't know about the refurbs.
#18
v2drinkers
Don't be silly this is supposed to be Digital Terrestial Television (DTT) - Freeview is a general name given to some channels.
Did you not realise you have free channels on Sky. I know as I have a Sky Dish connected to my Sattelite receiver in the living room. I do not pay a subscription or rental and still receive plenty of free to air channels.
If people want extra channels what is the problem with providing the ability to receive them?


I have Freesat via 'Sky high prices' using 2 of there cards. I don't want anymore PPV on Freeview.

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