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* Digital TV Tuner - Receive upto 80 Channels
* HD Receiver - Subscription Free HD Content
* On-Screen Guide - Plan 8 days in advance
* HDMI Connection - HD output for HD Ready TV
* Twin Scarts - Multiple connections
* Auto Tune - Easy set up
* Digital Text - Quick on-screen information
* DAB Compatible - For digital radio stations
* Scart cable included (although HDMI cable required for HD)
* Colour - Black

freesat highlights:

* Over 80 digital TV and radio channels
* HD TV programmes subscription-free
* No contract, no subscription, just a
one-off payment
* Available to almost every home in the UK

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#1
Good reduction from the £150 at Argos, however I think the 5% may get taken only off the good not the shipping (not sure though)
#2
even so...
£118.94 for HDTV (admittedly only BBCHD at the mo) is cheap.

Remember you need a satelite dish to connect this to, if you don't it can get exspencive
#3
ITV HD starts today. And iirc there is one more HD channel
#4
is it true with the humax box you can pick up hotbird ??
#5
i would get this but Play TV is coming out soon so... HOT
1 Like #6
I'd spend the extra £30 and get the Humax HD foxsat - the Alba group boxes (Grundig/Alba/Goodmans) don't YET allow manual tune (this will be added soon as it's a legal requirement) the Humax has it already. In non-freesat mode it picks up a load more channels, besides that I personally would prefer a brand like Humax.

ITV-HD did indeed start yesterday and combined with BBC HD increasing it's schedule steadily it's a great way to get into HD for no sub. The main courts at Wimbledon are going to be in HD and it seems very possible BBC HD will cover F1 in HD next year too.

Also remember if you have an existing sky mini-dish these receivers just plug into the f-connector from the dish so no install required.

Lots of great info http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/
#7
I have Sky freeview and I assume that both this and the sky box can be coupled to work alongside one another. I.e. switch one off and switch the other on.??

Some other interesting views here too.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/05/06/freesat_goes_live/comments/
#8
Does this box include an HDMI cable? It only seems to mention scart in the product description. Hot Deal!
#9
Answer is in the post....oops..
#10
rizla01
I have Sky freeview and I assume that both this and the sky box can be coupled to work alongside one another. I.e. switch one off and switch the other on.??

Some other interesting views here too.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/05/06/freesat_goes_live/comments/


Yes you could put a switch in and switch between boxes.

If you have Sky+ you may already have a quad feed LNB so feed an extra cable to the box.
#11
tef89;2269893
I'd spend the extra £30 and get the Humax HD foxsat - the Alba group boxes (Grundig/Alba/Goodmans) don't YET allow manual tune (this will be added soon as it's a legal requirement) the Humax has it already.

not 100% true.
check this out
#12
i would wait for a PVR HD BOX and more channels to start first before i bought one
#13
[B]Cheers Bigman.
[/B]

I think that perhaps I'll just make my perfectly good and expensive (passed down to me) Sony 32" last out a few more years and wait for a TV with all of this stuff built in.

Perhaps the market will have settled then.

Was a time when the only choice in TV viewing was the colour of the wood used for the cabinet.



What are we allowing to happen to ourselves.
#14
My TV only has component and VGA inputs, have yet to see a box with those outputs though. Is this because it cannot be controlled? DRM and all that?
#15
rizla01


I think that perhaps I'll just make my perfectly good and expensive (passed down to me) Sony 32" last out a few more years and wait for a TV with all of this stuff built in.

Perhaps the market will have settled then.

Was a time when the only choice in TV viewing was the colour of the wood used for the cabinet.



What are we allowing to happen to ourselves.


I remember when BBC2 used to show this for most the day :

http://www.meldrum.co.uk/mhp/testcard/bbc_test/tcf_bbc2_051097.jpg
#16
This is a good deal, but I would still be inclined to go with a Humax Freesat unit. Of course everyone has their budget. The main problem I see with this early adoption of freesat is there's no way of recording HD. This will be rectified later in the year. Humax will have a PVR version of their foxsat unit later in the year the HDR-9300FS. http://foxsat.wikispaces.com/
#17
does anyone know when the PVR (hard drive recorder) freesat boxes are due to be released?

Cheers
#18
not worth getting this better of waiting for the pvr boxes so u can record like sky+, and why havent the big firms come forward with there boxes why is is it the cheap ones like goodmans etc are out there at the moment?
#19
Anyone have any idea when the hard-drive boxes are due out?
#20
Exactly, Not really a great deal...as HD PVR's with 1TB storage would be something worth investing in...

Oh, Cant wait for F1 in HD next year!!
#21
bigman2
I remember when BBC2 used to show this for most the day :
http://www.meldrum.co.uk/mhp/testcard/bbc_test/tcf_bbc2_051097.jpg

Bloomin luxury, I used to watch it all afternoon in black and white. :)

With the paucity of HD content currently available on these fledgling channels I expect to see the return of the test card but in full HD glory of course.
#22
ash_100
Anyone have any idea when the hard-drive boxes are due out?


I'm sure I read some where that Humax will release a freesat PVR in July/August this year
#23
Vimes220
even so...
£118.94 for HDTV (admittedly only BBCHD at the mo) is cheap.

Remember you need a satelite dish to connect this to, if you don't it can get exspencive


Hdtv broadcasts wont take off till id say late 2009 at the earliest - people have just about got hdtv and next year will start getting high def content

i really dont see why i would have to get sky hd or freesat to get hd as really bbc we pay for anyways and itv is free due to commercials
#24
Is there anything stpping me from recording programs with my stand alone PVR (DVD/HDD unit)?

Is the problem with this, one of picture quality (recording in SD and not HD)?
#25
Hi, can anybody recommend what the best freesat box out there might be? The Humax brand seems to be very popular over the rest? Any particular reason? Does it make that much of a difference? I'm tempted to get for the Euro 2008...
#26
bigman2;2270106
I remember when BBC2 used to show this for most the day :

http://www.meldrum.co.uk/mhp/testcard/bbc_test/tcf_bbc2_051097.jpg


PURE luxury. Try THIS.

http://home.clara.net/jim.edwards/olclc.jpg





I really HATE to say it but in my early days there wasn't any channel choice either.

Confused??

Our 1st TV had a radio built into it with the 'Magic Eye' tuning light and you could switch over to TV and wait 10 mins for the valves to warm up. Ah I can still smell it now.

Anyway, eventually, on came the picture and that was it. BBC ONLY.

There was nowt else available.

And I am WAY off being a pensioner.
#28
bassethound2005
i would wait for a PVR HD BOX and more channels to start first before i bought one


BBC HD - ITV HD AND CHANNEL 4 HD are the only ones that are free atm
wait until next year when more companies will start broadbasting in high def
banned#29
rizla01


I think that perhaps I'll just make my perfectly good and expensive (passed down to me) Sony 32" last out a few more years and wait for a TV with all of this stuff built in.

Perhaps the market will have settled then.

Was a time when the only choice in TV viewing was the colour of the wood used for the cabinet.

canny beat a big juiced up full blown hdtv,i love my big telly!!!
:-D
What are we allowing to happen to ourselves.
1 Like #30
cheap HTPC card Technisat SKYSTAR HD

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#31
TheKid
i would get this but Play TV is coming out soon so... HOT


You'll be waiting an awful long time if you want to watch HD broadcasts on it.
#32
i got sky + if i plugged one of these machines in would it pick up the sky hd channels? or just bbc and itv
#33
dandoc2
BBC HD - ITV HD AND CHANNEL 4 HD are the only ones that are free atm
wait until next year when more companies will start broadbasting in high def


Wrong, CH4 HD is currently FTV therefore requires a Sky HD box and Freesat from Sky or Sky subscription card or maybe a non Sky HD box with a suitable CAM, Dragon? and above card.

The Fortec Passion although not a Freesat receiver i.e. it can't show the 7 day EPG but can be used for Freesat and many other satellite with a suitable dish(es), is available from Maplins for £143 inc free delivery with their e-mail discount voucher:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=99265&DOY=8m6

And Fortec will shortly be releasing a new receiver the Innovation which will have a USB2 port suitable for connecting a USB memory stick or maybe a USB HDD for recording SD and HD broadcasts, but it will only be single tuner, price from Maplins due to be £199 to £250 plus USB HDD.
#34
brock101
i got sky + if i plugged one of these machines in would it pick up the sky hd channels? or just bbc and itv


Only BBC, ITV and Luxe TV HD channels currently.
#35
This would be fine if you got BBC, ITV, C4 in HD 24/7.....but it seems at present you'll be lucky to get an hours worth of HD content a day. Hardly worth buying into atm.

Does anyone have exact details on how much HD content is available per day with Freesat at present? Without this info, it's pointless rushing ahead and buying a box...
#36
trd
This would be fine if you got BBC, ITV, C4 in HD 24/7.....but it seems at present you'll be lucky to get an hours worth of HD content a day. Hardly worth buying into atm.

Does anyone have exact details on how much HD content is available per day with Freesat at present? Without this info, it's pointless rushing ahead and buying a box...


BBC HD four hours per day of programs 8PM to 12AM, rest of time a HD trailer, more hours on days when Euro 2008 and Wimbledon are shown on the BBC.
ITV HD currently only Euro 2008 when shown on ITV, was showing a HD trailer prior to Euro 2008.
Luxe TV many hours but nothing worth watching.
#37
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757149

Apparently you can simply use your old sky dish. But for any pvr functionalty you need 2 coax cables.
#38
cheers

is it just me or does this machine seem a bit expensive and pointless then if you can only pick up 3 channels.i refuse to pay sky the £99 quid and extra tenner a month for hd because therve only got around 10 hd channels. ...i think ill wait a little longer untill theres alot more bang for my buck
#39
[QUOTE=Rupee Man]Exactly, Not really a great deal...as HD PVR's with 1TB storage would be something worth investing in.../QUOTE]

I dont think youll be seeing 1Tb boxes for a while. Most of the manufacturers seem unwilling to even go to 500gb or even 250gb in most cases. Thus charging us a premium for small hard disks.
#40
brock101
cheers

is it just me or does this machine seem a bit expensive and pointless then if you can only pick up 3 channels.i refuse to pay sky the £99 quid and extra tenner a month for hd because therve only got around 10 hd channels. ...i think ill wait a little longer untill theres alot more bang for my buck


You will get all the Freesat channels both SD and HD. The Humax Freesat box in non Freesat mode or the Fortec FTA HD box would give you all the FTA channels. Five SD should be added later this year to Freesat and Ch4 HD and Five HD maybe later.

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