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Icecrypt T2200 Freeview HD Receiver (inc free HDMI lead) - £69.99 Delivered @ Play

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Freeview HD, allows recording to external USB drives, also plays HD DivX and MKV content from USB. Great reviews http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/icecrypt-t220… Read More
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#1
I think the recording feature is only available on a BETA firmware as people have been waiting for general release for months no?

Also it records to .rec files which cannot be used on a pc etc afaik.

Either way, it seems the prices of these HD receivers is going the right way
#2
Bro has got this, he has been waiting the offical firmware update since release date.

Also it has only got one tuner so you can only record what you are watching.
#3
Recordings have to be encoded to comply with Freeview HD controls. Beta was released in October 2010, not sure whether it's gold yet. Will let you know once mine arrives in the post :D
http://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/
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I honestly don't see the attraction myself; I got one of the PCTV Freeview HD usb adapters, and I find that I never watch the Freeview HD channels.
I'd have done much better to get a multi-tuner standard Freeview adapter.

Until all channels are in HD, Freeview HD is a gimmick & a waste of money.
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afromannac123
Bro has got this, he has been waiting the offical firmware update since release date.

Also it has only got one tuner so you can only record what you are watching.

Got one of these and installed the beta update.If you record a HD channel, the other HD channels are available to watch at the same time because they are on the same MUX. I haven't checked the other grouping of channels, but you should be able to record a BBC programme and watch another BBC channel
#6
Damn it! Bought one of these 3 days ago from Tesco Direct! Only £20 difference, but that's £20 I could have spend on cider and cheap pizza ;)

Haven't used it properly yet as the Freeview signal in my area is poor (I'm moving out next month, where you get a good signal on every channel :), but I updated the firmware and it played a high-def MP4 file perfectly. Interface is nice and slick too, and I've heard the signal strength on this thing is second to none.

Shame about the cheap-feeling remote, but it does the job nicely.

Schlingel
[quote=afromannac123] Got one of these and installed the beta update.If you record a HD channel, the other HD channels are available to watch at the same time because they are on the same MUX. I haven't checked the other grouping of channels, but you should be able to record a BBC programme and watch another BBC channel


Cheers for the info :)
#7
TehJumpingJawa
Until all channels are in HD, Freeview HD is a gimmick & a waste of money.


I can't see that happening for a loooooooonooog time, even on Satellite and Cable services.
#8
TehJumpingJawa
I honestly don't see the attraction myself; I got one of the PCTV Freeview HD usb adapters, and I find that I never watch the Freeview HD channels.
I'd have done much better to get a multi-tuner standard Freeview adapter.

Until all channels are in HD, Freeview HD is a gimmick & a waste of money.

I got one of these the other week when they were £59.99 for the day.For this money I have obviously a freeview hd box .As stated it records brilliantly to any external usb storage .Another rabbit from the hat is that it will also playback from an external usb storage device any movie file format I have thrown at it including MKV...........still do not find the attraction ?......................
#9
Lanse
TehJumpingJawa
I honestly don't see the attraction myself; I got one of the PCTV Freeview HD usb adapters, and I find that I never watch the Freeview HD channels.

I'd have done much better to get a multi-tuner standard Freeview adapter.



Until all channels are in HD, Freeview HD is a gimmick & a waste of money.


I got one of these the other week when they were £59.99 for the day.For this money I have obviously a freeview hd box .As stated it records brilliantly to any external usb storage .Another rabbit from the hat is that it will also playback from an external usb storage device any movie file format I have thrown at it including MKV...........still do not find the attraction ?......................


It sounds a great device and a good alternative to spending £200 to £300 on a fully fledged PVR. When you have a USB drive connected does it allow you to rewind live TV? The cut down Humax does have this feature I believe.
#10
Andrew1964


It sounds a great device and a good alternative to spending £200 to £300 on a fully fledged PVR. When you have a USB drive connected does it allow you to rewind live TV? The cut down Humax does have this feature I believe.


It does indeed, up to 5 hours if you have enough GB.

More info about the recording features here.

Edited By: thecresta on Mar 29, 2011 15:14
#11
thecresta
Andrew1964




It sounds a great device and a good alternative to spending £200 to £300 on a fully fledged PVR. When you have a USB drive connected does it allow you to rewind live TV? The cut down Humax does have this feature I believe.




It does indeed, up to 5 hours if you have enough GB.



More info about the recording features here.



Great, thanks for the link. It doesn't having series linking which is a pity but it may be available in a future release I guess. Big plus that it can rewind live TV though as this is a something I find very useful.
#12
Nice box and upscales the picture well. Bought it a few weeks ago at £59.99. Cant judge HD pic yet as not gone live in my area. Only slight issue I have is it misses channels out and then adds them at the end and as far as I can see you cant change the order? Eg BBC4 should be channel 9 but it misses it and puts it on channel 801.

When HD goes live in my area in a few weeks I'll mount a 2.5" hard drive inside to make it a more permanent PVR.
#13
Love freeview HD - so much better for footy and documentaries - remember it is an option to watch normal channels in hd, and you will always choose HD if the chosen programme is on hd at the same time.
#14
Very interesting :)
#15
Was just gonna buy but price increased to £85, must be all the hotukdealers getting them before me :(
#16
Back upto £100 :(
Slightly glad I waited until my dispatched email before posting :{
#17
99.99 now
#18
Was just about to purchase too and now its back up to £99.99! ARGH!
#19
Still plenty of the Humax boxes available for £89 with the software already working to allowing recording to a HDD
#20
REC files are the format Topfield boxes use and they can be played back on a PC using VLC media player from Videolan
Can convert to DVD format if you search on the toppy forums
cRuNcHiE
I think the recording feature is only available on a BETA firmware as people have been waiting for general release for months no?

Also it records to .rec files which cannot be used on a pc etc afaik.

Either way, it seems the prices of these HD receivers is going the right way
#21
Yes the box is made by topfield and am sure that the standard def .rec files can be played and converted but from what I have read the HD ones are encrypted. I cant test this out at the moment as dont go live until 13 April but will test all this out when I can.

liamf12
REC files are the format Topfield boxes use and they can be played back on a PC using VLC media player from Videolan
Can convert to DVD format if you search on the toppy forums
cRuNcHiE
I think the recording feature is only available on a BETA firmware as people have been waiting for general release for months no?

Also it records to .rec files which cannot be used on a pc etc afaik.

Either way, it seems the prices of these HD receivers is going the right way
#22
hi Gavin
did you get a chance to experiment with converting these .rec files to play on a PC ?
#23
after some more research i've discovered that this unit encrypts EVERYTHING HD and SD and will not allow playback on a PC
#24
back cheap for the day (whats left)
#25
afromannac123
Bro has got this, he has been waiting the offical firmware update since release date.

Also it has only got one tuner so you can only record what you are watching.
thats not strictly correct.if youre recording a hd channel you can watch another hd channel as they are all bonded together on the multipex,the same goes for any normal channel,you can record and watch another channel as long as its on the same multiplex .on the other hand you could just record the channel,then get your remote and watch a different channel on your freeview tv!

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