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Black.

Digitally interactive.

Digital text.

RF loop.

Digital video broadcasting (DVB).

Auto setup.

Auto detection of new channels.

7 day electronic programme guide (EPG).

2 SCART sockets.

1 SCART lead supplied.

HDMI output socket.

Remote control requires 2 x AA batteries, included.

Size (H)4, (W)29.5, (D)17.4cm.

Weight 0.7kg.
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dommyboy2#1
seems like a good deal,just reserved mine for collection tomorrow,just hope the picture quality will be ok, i've heard some bad things about upscalling normal tv!!heat added!
jonstone12#2
dommyboy2
seems like a good deal,just reserved mine for collection tomorrow,just hope the picture quality will be ok, i've heard some bad things about upscalling normal tv!!heat added!


Assuming you have an hd ready tv then it will already be upscaling any freeview signal it receives to its native resolution.

It is also unlikely that you have a television with a resolution that directly matches the upscaled output from this freeview box so that signal will have to be scaled again.

The chances of a £20 freeview box having a better de-interlacer/scaler than your television are not high
stezo2k#3
i dont really see the point myself, 95% of hdtvs come with freeview as standard. i cant see using a seperate upscaler improving the picture unless the TVs not very good

decent price though
chappie172#4
Wow.. fantastic. the HDMI output on this will fit perfectly with the Dell 24 inch s2409w monitor i bought thanks to another thread on this forum. This will mean i can take advantage of the HDMI port on that monitor and have TV in my office. It will also mean not having to boot up your PC to watch tv too!

Heat added!
Decentbloke#5
stezo2k
i dont really see the point myself, 95% of hdtvs come with freeview as standard. i cant see using a seperate upscaler improving the picture unless the TVs not very good

decent price though


Think this is for the other ?5% who don't have freeview onboard. The theory is that this avoids the need to convert the decoded freeview signal to analogue to send it down a scart cable and then have the TV convert it back to digital. Sending the decoded signal straight down an HDMI cable cuts out that D-A-D step.
dontasciime#6
Decentbloke
Think this is for the other ?5% who don't have freeview onboard. The theory is that this avoids the need to convert the decoded freeview signal to analogue to send it down a scart cable and then have the TV convert it back to digital. Sending the decoded signal straight down an HDMI cable cuts out that D-A-D step.



Hopefully, gotta be worth the £20 asked. Just make sure before you get it home it ain't a table lamp.
jah128#7
Decentbloke;3175090
Think this is for the other ?5% who don't have freeview onboard. The theory is that this avoids the need to convert the decoded freeview signal to analogue to send it down a scart cable and then have the TV convert it back to digital. Sending the decoded signal straight down an HDMI cable cuts out that D-A-D step.


Exactly, although its not just 5% - quite a few monitors these days also have HDMI inputs and its generally costs more than £20 on top to buy the similar version with TV tuner built in... :thumbsup:
J400uk#8
These are a good idea for a budget HDTV. Buy yourself a 22" or 24" monitor with dvi/hdmi ports and get one of these boxes and a set of speakers and your all sorted.
stamfordblue#9
Great price, but previous Hitachi Freeview boxes weren't that great.
Hopefully this one is better.
Blender#10
im just going to wait until freeview channels start broadvasting in HD in 2009.
Decentbloke#11
jah128
Exactly, although its not just 5% - quite a few monitors these days also have HDMI inputs and its generally costs more than £20 on top to buy the similar version with TV tuner built in... :thumbsup:


Is it as simple as that, though? I mean, will the monitor necessarily be preset to recognise whatever signal this box sends (1080i, I guess)?
J400uk#12
Blender
im just going to wait until freeview channels start broadvasting in HD in 2009.


You will only get the HD freeview channels if your in an area with the analogue signal switched off. For London thats not happening until 2012 but other areas it may be sooner.
stezo2k#13
J400uk
These are a good idea for a budget HDTV. Buy yourself a 22" or 24" monitor with dvi/hdmi ports and get one of these boxes and a set of speakers and your all sorted.


actually thats a pretty good use for it :) never really thought about it like that. could be pretty useful
jah128#14
Decentbloke;3175395
Is it as simple as that, though? I mean, will the monitor necessarily be preset to recognise whatever signal this box sends (1080i, I guess)?


I'd have thought it would be but I'm not with the HD party yet so can't say for sure! The monitors have their own internal scalers so should be able to convert from one input type to another (possibly with the exception of 1080p)...
roo07#16
Sounds a good deal and voted hot! Thanks! Does anyone know of a suitable indoor aerial that will allow this or any Freeview box to pick up a decent digital signal in a ground floor room? I know I can pick up a good signal where I am in Romford, Essex.
dandoc2#17
These wont work unless there is a hd channel and no it wont upscaled the picture
Nom#18
dandoc2
These wont work unless there is a hd channel

It will work just fine - HD Freeview doesn't exist yet.
dandoc2
and no it wont upscaled the picture

Upscale the picture is exactly what it will do.

What on earth are you talking about ?
Leadbeter#19
dandoc2
These wont work unless there is a hd channel and no it wont upscaled the picture


Rubbish this is totally incorrect. It will receive all current freeview channels and output them scaled upto 1920x1080 or 1366x768 .


Some HD content will appear on Freeview in the next few years and this is not necessarily related to DSO (analogue switch-off) as reported by an earler poster. However it is certain that this box and also all others on the market at the moment will not be capable of receiving Freeview HD when it is available.

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