DigiFusion FVRT90 FreeView Set Top Box with Built in 40GB Digital Video Recorder - HotUKDeals
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Refurbished but has 12 month warranty and good reviews.

Description
The Digifusion FVRT90 Digital TV Personal Video Recorder offers an easy to use, true 8 day programme guide. The FVRT90 is designed to meet digital terrestrial broadcast standards today and in the future, the receiver is fully compliant with current DVB-T & MHEG-5 standards which can record upto 40 hours of Freeview channels. It is very simple to use and setup, includes a wide range of high value features, including play and record- watch one recording while making another.

Features
Enhanced free to air Digital Terrestrial Set-top box
Access all available digital TV, radio and interactive channels available
8 Day Freeview Programming Guide - the latest TV listings available onscreen for the week ahead
Elegant and compact enclosure styling
Timeshift TV-Pause Live TV
40 hours of recording with 40GB HDD
Fast forward at various speeds
Rewind at various speeds
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#1
3% quidco! :)
#2
nice price...

I used to have one of these, was great when it worked, but it used to crash all the time and require it to be powered off to reset it properly.
#3
fathazza
nice price...

I used to have one of these, was great when it worked, but it used to crash all the time and require it to be powered off to reset it properly.


You say "used" to have one. Did it stop working, or did you give up on it. £35 much be cheap but I'm wondering if tis a waste of money?
#4
There is a mega thread on this Freeview Box.. posting here for reference.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72586
#5
thanks for this !:thumbsup:

and thanks edi for directing to thread for help, ta:thumbsup:
#6
edi
There is a mega thread on this Freeview Box.. posting here for reference.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72586


Different model in the post from a few months ago Edi.

I think microdirect have made a mistake in the description and mixed up the hours and capacity of the recording facility. Unless I am mistaken this is an 80gb model with 40hrs recording!

One major downside with this model though is that it is single tuner only. Basically, you won't be able to watch one thing and record another, or record two things at once.

Fantastic price though. Heat and rep added.
#7
You couldn't record one channel and watch another with a single tuner, but does that also mean you can't record the TV and watch a recording at the same time?
#8
Decided to go for one. Thanks to Golaboots888!
#9
Try here for some reviews - mainly positive. ALthough reviews state FVRT95, it is the same model.

Right, 2nd half about to kick off!
#10
either the manure bubble has burst or its their only patch

is this box any good then ?
1 Like #12
I used to sell-on alot of freeview boxes from Digifusion (refurbs) on Ebay. I am sad to day they were nothing but trouble.

I should clarify: They are noisy, as they never go into standby mode... the hard drive & fan never powers down. If you have them in a bedroom it WILL keep you awake at night. In large lounge with other background noise is not too bad... it is the noisiest PVR I've ever heard.

The EPG isn't bad, but nowhere near as good as Sony, Panasonic, or even Thomson, or Matsui boxes.

The tuners are good, as is picture & sound.

The problem touched on by another post about crashing is common... the hard-drive "self-corrupts" - destroying your recordings. This is caused by faulty firmware, and on-air updates are not regular (if at all depending on model) - particularly now on old models like this, and I did hear Digifusion have now gone bust. They were part of Beko global group.

If you search around on the AVforums you will find people who have flashed the BIOS from a PC, and changed the EPG background (which is really in-your-face garish blue).

If you remove the HD, put it in a PC and low-level format it, then flash the bios using a null-modem cable and a tool some guy wrote to the latest version, you will get the best prolonged service. You can flash firmware from other Digifusion models (as they are all pretty much the same inside) - and generally this will give you the functionaility of the higher model PVR.

Eventually it will go wrong again though - symptoms are HD just clicking coming up to speed (never boots up properly). Early models had under-spec. ampage PSU, which failed.

I think this one is single tuner too - which kind of reduces the appeal (for me at least).

It is a good price, but I would tend to save you money and go for the Thomson, Humax 9200 or even a Topfield if you can afford it. (Thomson is best value right now)

Sorry to be bearer of bad news, these are the facts I'm afraid. Good luck if you've bought one.

BTW: I have owned/sold Digifusion, Matsui, Thomson, Sony, Panasonic, Humax and Topfield PVRs/DVD HDD recorders.

nuff said
#13
skdotcom
You say "used" to have one. Did it stop working, or did you give up on it. £35 much be cheap but I'm wondering if tis a waste of money?


i took it back for a refund...

at £35 quid its probably worth a punt tho. :thumbsup:
#14
I bought one of this the last time Micro Direct did an offer like this, and although all the problems described on here are pretty accurate, i have to say it's pretty good value for money.

It has crashed a few times and i did lose a fair few films, but for under £40, i think it's fair value. It is one of the more user friendly pieces of kit you are likely to buy as well.
#15
Clarioner
I used to sell-on alot of freeview boxes from Digifusion (refurbs) on Ebay. I am sad to day they were nothing but trouble.

I should clarify: They are noisy, as they never go into standby mode... the hard drive & fan never powers down. If you have them in a bedroom it WILL keep you awake at night. In large lounge with other background noise is not too bad... it is the noisiest PVR I've ever heard.

The EPG isn't bad, but nowhere near as good as Sony, Panasonic, or even Thomson, or Matsui boxes.

The tuners are good, as is picture & sound.

The problem touched on by another post about crashing is common... the hard-drive "self-corrupts" - destroying your recordings. This is caused by faulty firmware, and on-air updates are not regular (if at all depending on model) - particularly now on old models like this, and I did hear Digifusion have now gone bust. They were part of Beko global group.

If you search around on the AVforums you will find people who have flashed the BIOS from a PC, and changed the EPG background (which is really in-your-face garish blue).

If you remove the HD, put it in a PC and low-level format it, then flash the bios using a null-modem cable and a tool some guy wrote to the latest version, you will get the best prolonged service. You can flash firmware from other Digifusion models (as they are all pretty much the same inside) - and generally this will give you the functionaility of the higher model PVR.

Eventually it will go wrong again though - symptoms are HD just clicking coming up to speed (never boots up properly). Early models had under-spec. ampage PSU, which failed.

I think this one is single tuner too - which kind of reduces the appeal (for me at least).

It is a good price, but I would tend to save you money and go for the Thomson, Humax 9200 or even a Topfield if you can afford it. (Thomson is best value right now)

Sorry to be bearer of bad news, these are the facts I'm afraid. Good luck if you've bought one.

BTW: I have owned/sold Digifusion, Matsui, Thomson, Sony, Panasonic, Humax and Topfield PVRs/DVD HDD recorders.

nuff said


I think that your comments here are referring to the FVRT100, FVRT145, FVRT150 and FVRT200, which is a completely different machine. I know I have one, and love it. The FVRT 90/95 is a completely different machine with software made by a completely different company. You are right about it only being single tuner, but for not much more than the price of a basic Freeview box it has to be worth a go imo for somebody wanting to see what all the fuss is about with PVR's without spending loads of cash!
#16
Clarioner
I used to sell-on alot of freeview boxes from Digifusion (refurbs) on Ebay. I am sad to day they were nothing but trouble.

I should clarify: They are noisy, as they never go into standby mode... the hard drive & fan never powers down. If you have them in a bedroom it WILL keep you awake at night. In large lounge with other background noise is not too bad... it is the noisiest PVR I've ever heard.

The EPG isn't bad, but nowhere near as good as Sony, Panasonic, or even Thomson, or Matsui boxes.

The tuners are good, as is picture & sound.

The problem touched on by another post about crashing is common... the hard-drive "self-corrupts" - destroying your recordings. This is caused by faulty firmware, and on-air updates are not regular (if at all depending on model) - particularly now on old models like this, and I did hear Digifusion have now gone bust. They were part of Beko global group.

If you search around on the AVforums you will find people who have flashed the BIOS from a PC, and changed the EPG background (which is really in-your-face garish blue).

If you remove the HD, put it in a PC and low-level format it, then flash the bios using a null-modem cable and a tool some guy wrote to the latest version, you will get the best prolonged service. You can flash firmware from other Digifusion models (as they are all pretty much the same inside) - and generally this will give you the functionaility of the higher model PVR.

Eventually it will go wrong again though - symptoms are HD just clicking coming up to speed (never boots up properly). Early models had under-spec. ampage PSU, which failed.

I think this one is single tuner too - which kind of reduces the appeal (for me at least).

It is a good price, but I would tend to save you money and go for the Thomson, Humax 9200 or even a Topfield if you can afford it. (Thomson is best value right now)

Sorry to be bearer of bad news, these are the facts I'm afraid. Good luck if you've bought one.

BTW: I have owned/sold Digifusion, Matsui, Thomson, Sony, Panasonic, Humax and Topfield PVRs/DVD HDD recorders.

nuff said


The machines you are referring to are the models made by Digifusion. This model was made by Access Devices Ltd before it went into administration.

Theses machines don't have fans and are, therefore, almost silent. They have the same excellent EPG as the Matsui you refer. They are also extremely reliable, especially if they have a reasonably recent software release.
#17
I dunno why people compare EVERY pvr to humax.

Of course if you are spending £70-£100 on a pvr then spending the extra £50 or so and getting a humax is well worth it, but somebody who wants a cheap pvr that costs not much more than a basic freeview box (which would also be single tuner only) aren't going to be interested in the humax/topfield.
#18
For an extra tenner you can have one with double the capacity (80G) and twin tuners...

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(14658)DigiFusion-FVRT150-FreeView-Set-Top-Box-with.aspx
#19
squidworth
For an extra tenner you can have one with double the capacity (80G) and twin tuners...

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(14658)DigiFusion-FVRT150-FreeView-Set-Top-Box-with.aspx



Tenner more? Dont forget delivery on top, its more like £16 more.

We had the 200 model which comes available fairly regular for around £51 delivered and they are amazing machines. Nice tidy menus and very very easy to set-up and use! We are puzzled how we managed without one! While I wouldnt want this smaller as my main box for this price i'm grabbing one for the bedroom and another for parents to use in their holiday home in the sun (well caravan at skeggy anyway! :giggle:). Thats another christmas przzie sorted thanks to hukd!
#20
With this being a refurb, anyone know what the physical quality will be like? I'm thinking of getting one as something extra for my girlfriend for christmas.

Not wanting to spend more than £35 on a freeview box really, think it would be worth getting a dedicated freeview box instead of this?
#21
I bought the FVRT200 from microdirect, that was also a refurb. The box itself was a bit damaged when it arrived and rather than packaging it, they had just slapped an address label on the original box! On opening it, the remote looked like it had been run over by a truck (was quite deformed and had bits of grit in it), suffice to say that it didn't work. I phoned them up and sent it back, got a replacement after a few weeks and is working fine up till now!
#22
fairly likely that the prices of freeview recorders will drop further in the next few months, but a bargain at the price
#23
I bought this very machine from Agros in Jan 2006 (single tuner, 80gig, £99) and I've never had any trouble with. The kids use and abuse it but it's been great. Very happy with it.
#24
Went for the dual tunner 80 gb version for just over £50. Got 18 reviews all pretty good and with 12 months guarntee worth a punt!
#25
wajj2004
fairly likely that the prices of freeview recorders will drop further in the next few months, but a bargain at the price


Yes the prices are dropping. There are plenty of channels on Freeview to keep me occupied and I haven't regretted cancelling Sky at all. The best shows on Sky One are all in trouble anyway due to the writers strike in the US.

Hopefully more people will get a PVR instead of forking out monthly subs to Sky.

I'm not a big fan of Sky TV and the Murdoch empire
#26
squidworth
For an extra tenner you can have one with double the capacity (80G) and twin tuners...

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(14658)DigiFusion-FVRT150-FreeView-Set-Top-Box-with.aspx


This one is 80gb I think. Looks like a mistake in the description. The only advantage in the other one is the twin tuner (no small difference I know). On the other hand, this one has a better reputation as far as reliability I think.
#27
Showing sold out now
#28
Disappointed I didn't go for this one now! Damn!

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