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Freeview HD receiver with CI slot now only £69.97, reduced from £99. Recording software is available from http://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/
Great deal, will definitely buy a second at this price
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#1
Any reviews on these?
#3
Interesting box, I like the MKV playback ability, anyone know if it can downmix DTS yet?.

Also has the iplayer update happened yet or have they stopped development.
#4
Damn you Tesco! Only bought one for £90 a fortnight ago...haven't even used it yet!
#5
thecresta
Damn you Tesco! Only bought one for £90 a fortnight ago...haven't even used it yet!


Is a quick trip to return it worth the £20 you will save by getting a refund and buying another??? :p
#6
Surely the recent £10 discount code that was posted the other day should work on this offer? as it's over £50.
#7
FTCom
Surely the recent £10 discount code that was posted the other day should work on this offer? as it's over £50.

What discount code?
#8
crazylegs
FTCom
Surely the recent £10 discount code that was posted the other day should work on this offer? as it's over £50.
What discount code?

I think thats expired now (TDX-KMAW)
#9
Sorry, this eCoupon promotion is now over. Please check the end date on your eCoupon.

That promotion has long passed!
#10
thecresta
Damn you Tesco! Only bought one for £90 a fortnight ago...haven't even used it yet!

Just return it then!
#11
Good job the £10 discount code had expired as it stopped me from buying another one! ('cause I bought one last month from play.com for £59 delivered and was very happy with it after upgrading it with the beta firmware).
#12
splender
Good job the £10 discount code had expired as it stopped me from buying another one! ('cause I bought one last month from play.com for £59 delivered and was very happy with it after upgrading it with the beta firmware).


How you finding it!

is it better than built in Freeview HD on TV's?

Hows the PVR bit working are you using a HDD or USB stick!
#13
Got one of these, PVR is working fine, using a 16gb stick I get about 4.5 hrs of HD recording. You need to install the beta firmware for the PVR function is all. Installing this also cures the problem of the picture flickering for 1 min if you boot up to a HD channel. iPlayer thing isnt working as yet as far as I can tell. Dont thing the DTS update has come yet, but I just plug mine into telly, also series link is yet to come.

http://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/
#14
Just read the Techradar review, it sounds mighty impressive. It's just a shame they don't do a twin tuner model.
#15
I think it's vital they get series link sorted, but the price is right.
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The prices are going the right way for these at the moment but i think I'll pass on this one as having the USB on the front is a bit messy for PVR use.

No upnp media support either making the Ethernet pretty useless

Edited By: cRuNcHiE on Apr 05, 2011 09:26
#17
Yea these aren't anything fancy, look elsewhere if you're after a proper pvr device. For basic occasional recording use though its fine, especially for the price.I've stuck in a tiny HP flash drive, is hardly noticeable, you can use an external hd but it looks messy.
#18
crazylegs
splender
Good job the £10 discount code had expired as it stopped me from buying another one! ('cause I bought one last month from play.com for £59 delivered and was very happy with it after upgrading it with the beta firmware).


How you finding it!

is it better than built in Freeview HD on TV's?

Hows the PVR bit working are you using a HDD or USB stick!


It is a bargain at £60, nearly so for £70 at Tesco too! The surprise for me was that whenever weather was bad I could not get channel 4 plus a few other stations so before I had to switch to watch the ones on Sky (off satellite dish). With this T2200 I still cannot watch Chanel 4 when the weather is bad BUT Channel HD signal off the same aerial is strong so I can watch Channel 4 HD. The colours are beautiful and it upscales standard Freeview (SD) signals, visually the colours and clarity looks better than the Samsung LCD build in Freeview , probably because of the upscale. When it is on standby it uses just 1watt of electricity when is good. With the beta software you get record mode to a flash stick or to a USB external drive. However all recordings are encrypted and you can only playback these .rec filetype files on the same or similar hardware with the same chip for unencrypt the video. I use HDMI connection to the LCD. There is subtitles support for watching a few popular video formats , like AVI, MKV. However it does not do unicode or UT8 character support which means that you cannot use it for non European language subtitles. It can play back HD videos off an external drive smoothly, though I have only tried 720p rather than 1080p. All in all I give it 5 star out of 5 star for functionality, price (£60), build quality, ease of use.. However do not expect new firmware release for this beyond what is available with the beta software. Expect minimal after sales service compared with Humax as excellent after sales service using people in UK will typically double the price of a product. (It will need to sell a lot of boxes to employ a support person who lives in an average priced house of £250,000.) Likewise keeping software development of firmware means extra staff to maintain it. I suspect Icecrypt wants you to buy their newwe model.
#19
Moreover when it is recording, it can record another channel on the same multiplex though I have not tried it nor found out which free to air channels belong to which multiplex.

Also I really like the USB port in the front as it is so easy to plug in and out a USB connection though it does not look so nice stick out and the plastic flaps which is normally covering the USB port is flopping in the side. Had it been on the back you would have to pull the machine out constantly if you need to connect and disconnect frequently. There is also quite a lot of spare space inside the unit and when running it is cool as it has a lot of vents. It is possible to put in a 2.5 inch internal disk inside the void. However the USB cable will need to dangle out from inside to that external USB connection which will make it look untidy (unless of course you can use a solder iron).

If you are worried about big flash stick then use this microSDHC adapter http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41-j8WOuDyL._SL500_SS75_.jpg as it is really small measuring 3.2cm X 1.5cm.

8GB can store just under an hour worth of HD video (the highest quality setting on the Icecrypt), from memory I think it was about 56mins worth but it depends on the video broadcast.


Edited By: splender on Apr 05, 2011 11:34: added more info
#20
Many thanks for coming back and sharing the info on this PVR!

Much appreciated! Looks like an absolute bargain at £69.99 so think I might go for it..

Yes I read you can still record and watch another channel if its on the same Mux, so most BBC channels are on the same Mux..

AV forums should be able to glean that information..
#21
Is it better than the Humax HD FOX T2?
#22
Fwiw this is the stick I'm using with it

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/14366702/Hewlett-Packard-V165-16GB-USB-Flash-Drive/Product.html

There is a bug in the beta software that vastly under estimates the amount if recording time available, in practice it's about 3.5 gig per hour in HD (for me anyway).
#23
Taken a punt on this for F1 Tedium, mkv playback a bonus too
#24
Purchased for the parents! Seems like a great price and from the reviews well recommended.
#25
I'm umming and arring not sure whether to go for this or not, keep coming back to it as nothing out there like this for the price, HD box, HD media player, HD Recorder..

But still can't help thinking this will go down again soon with the advent of HD being turned on April 13th for many, I know its only single tuner aswell..

My problem is my TV already does HD Freeview plus plays HD media infact everything I throw at it, only thing it doesn't have is built in PVR, and its this that is making me look at this T2200, anyone got any ideas for a PVR standalone around this price or cheaper that can record HD to USB or HDD..

I doubt there is anything out there for this price so I keep thinking this is a no brainer!

Somebody please prove me wrong?
#26
They've cut the price to £57.48 now, but theres none in stock :|
#27
They've cut the price to £57.48 now, but theres none in stock its a Gimmick just to sell alternative product
Play.com £69.99 free delivery+Free Hdmi Cable
#28
salsasss
They've cut the price to £57.48 now, but theres none in stock its a Gimmick just to sell alternative product
Play.com £69.99 free delivery+Free Hdmi Cable


Wrong!!!!

They cut the price days ago as in Klykens post above and they then sold out quite quickly at that price!
And yes we know they are available at Play and have known all along!

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