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Not a bad price for an HD freeview box delivered.

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This Goodmans Freeview HD box gives you access to the BBC HD Channel, ITV1HD, 4HD and S4CHD (Wales only), as well as up to 50 standard definition Freeview TV channels, digital radio stations and interactive red button services, with no subscription or contract required.

Number of tuners 1
High Definition Yes
Storage capacity (Gb) 0
EPG (days) 8
Scart in 0
Scart out 2
RGB Scart in 0
RGB Scart out 2
HDMI out 1
Component out 0
S-video out 0
Composite out 1
Analogue audio out 0
Coaxial digital out 0
Optical digital out 1
PayTV card slot No
Dimensions (hwd, cm) 4x26x17
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1 Like #1
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#2
Is this about the cheapest HD freeview box you can get now?
#3
Good price.
Was gonna get a freeview box, but may aswell get a freeview HD box :)
#4
hmmm Goodmans ...

Anyone know if this is any good?
#5
it really is seems a very good price for a Freeview HD as some of a normal freeview is not much cheaper than this! so voted hot for that reason good spot
#6
have some heat..
#7
Bear in mind that Freeview HD isn't available yet to most people, heres the online checker:
http://www.freeview.co.uk/availability/main/indexhd/

Won't be switched on in my area until 2012.

Also Goodmans isn't too bad, but for £50 even if it fails 1 year and 1 day after you bought it I would still think its a good deal.
#8
nice, reserved 1 so got til the end of Mon to decide. Ive just bought a new HD TV with regular freeview but im tempted by this
#9
Freeview HD with Optical out for this price - Got to vote it hot really.
#10
Not amongst the best in "Brown Goods" , but value for money at this price.
#11
if you have a 37inch plus tv, this will knock blow youre socks off..! Hd is just so good (hot)
#12
I just wish they would bring the switch over sooner. Its Sept next year before Yorkshire and most of the midlands can get freeview hd.
#13
Freeview HD is super, I've just bought a Humax Freeview HD recorder, if the picture quality is the same on the Goodmans it's a great buy.
#14
v good price. next cheapest i've seen is iffy technika at tesco for £70
#15
And BBC One HD launches on Freeview in a few weeks I think.
#16
evil_dave
And BBC One HD launches on Freeview in a few weeks I think.


yes, nov 3 according to wickedpedia
#17
we have bbc1 itv and chan 4 HD established in bristol so im gonna get one.
1 Like #18
I get all 4 HD channels here in Wales, makes a change as we are usually last to get anything
#19
simes
I Its Sept next year before Yorkshire and most of the midlands can get freeview hd.


Not true. Emley Moor broadcasts Freeview HD to areas of South & West Yorkshire
#20
tightpants
evil_dave
And BBC One HD launches on Freeview in a few weeks I think.
yes, nov 3 according to wickedpedia
oh great dot cottons wrinkles in hd lol
#21
Boogie83e
evil_dave
And BBC One HD launches on Freeview in a few weeks I think.


2 days for me. :D 19th Oct...BBC HD & 4 HD only :( Nice post OP heat added ;)


thats bbc hd (selection of bbc programmes) channel and 4. bbc 1 hd (normal bbc 1 broadcast in hd) is also broadcasting from nov 3 - no one gets it till then

Edited By: tightpants on Oct 17, 2010 11:32: correction
#22
I purchased this last night, I am glad the deal made it onto HUKD. Nice spot and top price for what were getting.
#23
It was given only a 50% mark in the review at The Register, but that was when it had a £150 price tag.

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/05/20/grouptest_freeview_hd_set_tops_goodm/
#24
montyburns56
It was given only a 50% mark in the review at The Register, but that was when it had a £150 price tag.


http://www.reghardware.com/2010/05/20/grouptest_freeview_hd_set_tops_goodm/


'Fifty quid cheaper and it might have been a bargain'....now 100 cheaper!
#25
tightpants
montyburns56
It was given only a 50% mark in the review at The Register, but that was when it had a £150 price tag.

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http://www.reghardware.com/2010/05/20/grouptest_freeview_hd_set_tops_goodm/


'Fifty quid cheaper and it might have been a bargain'....now 100 cheaper!


reviewer seems to prefer looking at the actual box rather than let us know if the picture is any good!
#26
Hmm. Just got one from old Kent road. Plugged it in, the four lights are on and the tv is searching for a hdmi signal. It seems to be "stuck". The on off button makes no difference, just four lights on and no signal on the tv (50inch samsung)

Anyone come across this? Maybe I have a faulty unit. I'm going to change the hdmi cable, see if that makes a difference.


Edited By: Hat-Rack on Oct 17, 2010 16:21: More detail
#27
Changing cable made no difference. Annoying I have to go back now.
#28
did you turn off at wall and wait couple of minutes too?
#29
can anybody confirm that this model been software updated to enable transcoding of the HE-AAC/AAC audio codec into Dolby 5.1/LPCM etc so we can get 5.1 sound with our amps?
#30
Not available in most places yet.. November 2011 for me :(.
#31
From What Hi-FI;

No Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
One thing to note: like quite a few of the current Freeview HD boxes, it won't transcode the multichannel AAC sound on BBC Freeview HD broadcasts to Dolby Digital 5.1, so you'll only get stereo sound if you hook it up via the optical digital connection to your home cinema amp

Review and article here; http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Goodmans-GDB300HD/

Edited By: credington on Oct 17, 2010 20:09: link added
#32
hot deal.

Online checkers are not always correct. In my street some aerials point north and others south. Checker told me I couldn't get HD till next year but as my aerial was pointing the other way turned out i could get it now. Go to http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/home and tick the box for I am in the trade this will give you bearing in degrees and alternative transmitters.
#33
credington
From What Hi-FI;No Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundOne thing to note: like quite a few of the current Freeview HD boxes, it won't transcode the multichannel AAC sound on BBC Freeview HD broadcasts to Dolby Digital 5.1, so you'll only get stereo sound if you hook it up via the optical digital connection to your home cinema ampReview and article here;http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Goodmans-GDB300HD/

So this will be fine for anyone who doesn't have multi channel receiver or for a second room.
#34
I had a sagem dtr 500gb which was supposed to upscale for my HD Ready tv but I thought the pic wasn't much better than SD if at all. Will this unit lead to a better picture as it is already 720p (no upscaling/downscling) or will it be 1080p and be downscaling? Help! :)
#35
I don't see the point, you're only getting 3 or 4 channels that are actually in HD. By the time theres a decent amount of HD channels to view these boxes will be even cheaper.
suspended#36
@meathotukdeals, your sagem just takes freeview and upscales it which makes hardly ay difference. This box will receive 1080i hd channels so they will be in HD on your tv, will look WAY better for the 4 hd channels that you will get.

BBCHD, Channel4 HD, ITV HD, BBC ONE HD (Launching 3rd Nov) are the channels you will get with this box. There's no plan on switching multiplexes for quite some time so we won't be getting more hd channels for 1yr+, most likely 1.5yrs+.

I'd like to know if there is a software update available to convert the 5.1 aac to 5.1 ac3 so that multichannel amps can get surround sound. As of June 2010 the DTG D-Book includes the requirement for mandatory transcoding when sending audio via S/PDIF, and for either transcoding or multi-channel PCM audio when sending it via HDMI in order for manufacturers to gain Freeview HD certification from April 2011.

more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeview_%28UK%29#Freeview_HD
#37
maybe all the freeviewHD boxes that are currently(or in the future?) unable to transcode AAC to DD5.1 are being clear to make way for the newer models, hence the cheaper price?

can anyone who owns this particular box confirm any firmware updates to enable transcoding?
#38
We have a Panasonic Viera 32" LCD HD tv that cost about £750 about 4 years ago when we bought it but at that time "full" HD (1080p) was out of our reach.

Is it worth getting one of these if our HD tv is not full HD? Not going to be worth it if the image isn't improved greatly.
#39
tightpants
Boogie83e
evil_dave
And BBC One HD launches on Freeview in a few weeks I think.
2 days for me. :D 19th Oct...BBC HD & 4 HD only :( Nice post OP heat added ;)
thats bbc hd (selection of bbc programmes) channel and 4. bbc 1 hd (normal bbc 1 broadcast in hd) is also broadcasting from nov 3 - no one gets it till then

K, comment removed. BBC HD BBC One HD easy mistake to make :| still getting 2 HD channels on 19th :D
suspended#40
JohnnyUtah
We have a Panasonic Viera 32" LCD HD tv that cost about £750 about 4 years ago when we bought it but at that time "full" HD (1080p) was out of our reach.

Is it worth getting one of these if our HD tv is not full HD? Not going to be worth it if the image isn't improved greatly.


yes you will still get 720p which will still look great.

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