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This Icecrypt T2200 Freeview HD set top box enables you to enjoy a wide range of TV and radio channels in the highest quality possible. This set top box supports the Dolby Digital Plus standard and is USB compatible.

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#1
this is a good deal

got a Mygica t200 usb pc tuner last week off ebay for £40, difference is u need a media/pc



Edited By: phatboy123 on Apr 27, 2011 11:41: it can record, it is dvb-t2
1 Like #2
Was asking myself, how could a HD freeview box cost this much.

Then looked at this review.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/icecrypt-t2200-690460/review?artc_pg=5

Then I figured, might be worth getting, esp with the usb reader and recorder, but after reading this.

http://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/

I turns out the recorded files come out as .rec files, which are encrypted, so you won't be able to play them back with anything else.

shame.
6 Likes #3
Jellybeans
Was asking myself, how could a HD freeview box cost this much.

Then looked at this review.
[url=%0Ahttp://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/icecrypt-t2200-690460/review?artc_pg=5]
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/icecrypt-t2200-690460/review?artc_pg=5[/url]

Then I figured, might be worth getting, esp with the usb reader and recorder, but after reading this.
[url=%0Ahttp://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/]
http://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/[/url]

I turns out the recorded files come out as .rec files, which are encrypted, so you won't be able to play them back with anything else.

shame.


emotional rollercoaster
#4
tazxxx


emotional rollercoaster


Hehe. Still two minds about it :D
#5
If it is Freeview HD then it has to be dvb t2.
#6
phatboy123
no mention of it being dvb-t2 or not?

got a Mygica t200 usb pc tuner last week off ebay for £40, difference is u need a media/pc and it can record and this cant...


Oh it can!
#7
I notice the Technika STBHDIS2010 is now £30 and also they have the I-Can Easy HD for £50 which was £79 in ALDI the other week.

Does anyone know if this comes with a HDMI cable?

Edited By: Klyken on Apr 25, 2011 08:32: .
#8
Klyken
I notice the Technika STBHDIS2010 is now £30 and also they have the I-Can Easy HD for £50 which was £79 in ALDI the other week.

Does anyone know if this comes with a HDMI cable?


I bought the Technica 2 weeks ago. OH DEAR!!! Don't bother.
Have ordered the Icecrypt- sounds better.
#9
Yes it does come with a hdmi cable.This machine is nothing short of fantastic,plays every format of movie I have thrown at it including mkv.After a firmware update it will record to an external USB device.These Icecrypt boxes are manufactured by top field.I forgot to mention the picture seems better than my humax freesat hd box.

Edited By: Lanse on Apr 25, 2011 10:24
#10
Its ok if you have HD freeview in your area!!!
#11
Hi. I wonder if anybody of your experts can help me. I got an ICECRYPT recorder but I noticed the EPG on some programs are always wrong. Very annoying when you want to record something . Please help.
#12
All freeview HD boxes have to record encrypted to comply with the freeview HD rules. Some however should still record SD unencrypted

Everything is encrypted on this I think
#13
just ordered mine seems a good crack to go for least if it is tescos u wont have the hassle when u wanna return it.
#15
Thanks. Ordered. 8)
#16
Does this machine make much noise? I want it for the bedroom but don't want to hear the fans or some other noise when the machine is in standby..
#17
was just browsing the alternatives and came across this
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239598?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products

any idea what an Ethernet port does on a freeview HD box?!
1 Like #18
Made the plunge, finally!

Been wanting one for a while now and every time this one has been at a good price, it's expired by the time I get to it. Wasn't expired, don't exactly have the spare cash right now (big holiday approaching fast) but couldn't let it go.

Paid extra £5 for delivery so £62.50 to watch the F1 season in HD = worth it. Plus i'll get some juicy Top Gear and Doctor Who too. And iPlayer without having to **** about with a dual display setup on my PC (admittedly sitting right next to it).

Might even be able to flog off my WDTV Media Player for £30 or so if it does indeed manage to play my mkv videos, but somehow I really doubt it will cope with the ones I have.

edit @ Bargain nut - This Icecrypt is a far superior machine. It's the creme-de-la-creme of Freeview HD boxes under £100 (or more, in some instances). Ethernet on a freeview box means internet services such as iPlayer.

Edited By: woohoomoo on Apr 25, 2011 15:18
#19
If it played media files over ethernet and thus my network I would buy one. It doesnt seemt o do this only only usb so what is the point of ethernet ? No iplayer by the looks of it either.
#20
Hmm finally took the plunge after doing some reading about freeview HD...

Any one correct me if im wrong but this is a twin tuner as its dvb2 with which you do not require a sat dish??

If the record to USB has not been released yet you can still try out the beta version ( which is easily obtainable from a quick google search) and it plays your avi mkv div x etc files (for which i bought a seperate bluray player!!).. So to me it seems like i can finally bin the awful Ikasu pvr player i bought for something that will not continually freeze and reset itself...

Iplayer isnt a issue as i got a Wii and PS3 so i think this would be classed as a bit of overkill..lol..
#21
Dizy Rascal
Hmm finally took the plunge after doing some reading about freeview HD...

Any one correct me if im wrong but this is a twin tuner as its dvb2 with which you do not require a sat dish??

If the record to USB has not been released yet you can still try out the beta version ( which is easily obtainable from a quick google search) and it plays your avi mkv div x etc files (for which i bought a seperate bluray player!!).. So to me it seems like i can finally bin the awful Ikasu pvr player i bought for something that will not continually freeze and reset itself...

Iplayer isnt a issue as i got a Wii and PS3 so i think this would be classed as a bit of overkill..lol..


Hi - no sat tuner as this is not for FreeSat. Also just one tuner and it connects to a conventional aerial and receives FreeviewHD and recording is, as you suggest, to external media and playback is also from external media.

Edited By: cibarious on Apr 25, 2011 17:20
#22
Heat added :)
#23
cibarious
Dizy Rascal
Hmm finally took the plunge after doing some reading about freeview HD...

Any one correct me if im wrong but this is a twin tuner as its dvb2 with which you do not require a sat dish??

If the record to USB has not been released yet you can still try out the beta version ( which is easily obtainable from a quick google search) and it plays your avi mkv div x etc files (for which i bought a seperate bluray player!!).. So to me it seems like i can finally bin the awful Ikasu pvr player i bought for something that will not continually freeze and reset itself...

Iplayer isnt a issue as i got a Wii and PS3 so i think this would be classed as a bit of overkill..lol..

Hi - no sat tuner as this is not for FreeSat. Also just one tuner and it connects to a conventional aerial and receives FreeviewHD and recording is, as you suggest, to external media and playback is also from external media.

Yeah, i think by reading some of the reviews what i meant to say is that you can record while watching another programme which i think is similar to twin tuner but yes your right this is a single tuner.
#24
snazy20
Does this machine make much noise? I want it for the bedroom but don't want to hear the fans or some other noise when the machine is in standby..


I doubt it. I also own the similar Humax FoxT2 and Technisat boxes and they're absolutely silent, even when recording to external drives. It tends to be the PVRs with internal hard drives and fans that can be noisy.
#25
Cool, will go for this one day..still trying to find out whether freeview hd channels are available in solihull:(
#26
snazy20
Cool, will go for this one day..still trying to find out whether freeview hd channels are available in solihull:(

Yep 4 HD channels in Solihull. Just ordered this after taking back the Tesco crappy Technika one for £30 shouldn't be allowed on the shelves.
#27
Thanks OP, good feedback/reviews so placed an order to pick up at local Tesco's.
#28
H1 HWK
Thanks OP, good feedback/reviews so placed an order to pick up at local Tesco's.


Cant you just pick one off the shelves instore?
#29
safc32
H1 HWK
Thanks OP, good feedback/reviews so placed an order to pick up at local Tesco's.

Cant you just pick one off the shelves instore?


There aren't any instore as its Tesco direct only, you can order them in from a Tesco Direct desk, most stores have them and pay instore then collect from store for free, they let you know by text when its ready for pickup from your local store..

Picked mine up yesterday and will be setting it up today at some point so will let you all know how good the unit is, yes it also comes with a HDMI cable in the box for free and batteries for the remote control, was surprised it included an HDMI cable for the price!
#30
crazylegs
safc32
H1 HWK
Thanks OP, good feedback/reviews so placed an order to pick up at local Tesco's.

Cant you just pick one off the shelves instore?


There aren't any instore as its Tesco direct only, you can order them in from a Tesco Direct desk, most stores have them and pay instore then collect from store for free, they let you know by text when its ready for pickup from your local store..

Picked mine up yesterday and will be setting it up today at some point so will let you all know how good the unit is, yes it also comes with a HDMI cable in the box for free and batteries for the remote control, was surprised it included an HDMI cable for the price!


Thanks for that :)
#31
#32
I didn't need to install any firmware updates to record as it had recording capability out of the box, with a firmware install date of 01/11

The firmware install you have linked to is September 2010
#33
Doesn't like any of my MKV's though, that play absolutely fine through my LG TV's USB port, so very limited media file player..
Tried both MKV's one with AAC sound and one with Dolby 5.1 both refused to play so not impressed with media capability..
If media files are your thing and your TV doesn't play them by default, I would suggest maybe looking elsewhere.

Brilliant quality HD picture and very good quality SD picture, quality about the same as my LG tv's tuner.
Recording quality is great with both HD and SD quality on recordings being second to none, SD recordings use up about 25 minutes per GB of drive space, as I tried a 1GB memory stick in the USB slot and it filled it up in 23.47 minutes.
HD recordings will take far more space as there is a lot more information to store..
It records off timer too and switches the box on automatically and switches the box back off after recording has finished, that alone for me is the dealmaker!

The unit is absolutely silent in operation but does get a tad warm, although there are lots of vents on top to dissipate heat quickly and efficiently..
Very pleased with it so far and well worth double the price for the recording ability alone!
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#34
Just ordered one, thanks OP for posting 8)
#35
Thanks for the comments..have to take the plunge now! Going to order :)

Got 2 San Franciscos arriving due to this website too lol
#36
Taken from the online pdf user manual it should be possible to play mkv files. I hope it's possible anyway. Will check it out in a couple of days.

http://www.icecrypt.com/index.php/downloads/summary/6/30.html

• video: DivX, XviD, vob, mkv, mp4, and avi;
• photo: jpg;
• music: MP3

NOTE
It is recommended to use an external power socket to supply
power to an external hard drive. In addition, the external
hard drive should be formatted in the NTFS or FAT32 file
system.
#37
AVI's play absolutely fine as do mpg's and Jpg photos, MP3's also play fine, I am using an external HDD formatted to NTFS
I still cannot get the player to even recognise the MKV's, I really don't think the media player has the codecs to play MKV's!

Other reviews form people who have bought this unit say the same thing too..Like I say if its Blu-ray media your after playing then possibly look elsewhere..
Brilliant for everything else though, just watched an old samurai movie in AVI format and played superbly throughout!
banned 2 Likes #38
Jellybeans
Was asking myself, how could a HD freeview box cost this much.

Then looked at this review.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/icecrypt-t2200-690460/review?artc_pg=5

Then I figured, might be worth getting, esp with the usb reader and recorder, but after reading this.

http://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/

I turns out the recorded files come out as .rec files, which are encrypted, so you won't be able to play them back with anything else.

shame.

.Rec files can be converted with a free program called Video ReDo, just search for it and convert your recordings on a computer to playback unencrypted.
banned#39
Jellybeans
Was asking myself, how could a HD freeview box cost this much.

Then looked at this review.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/icecrypt-t2200-690460/review?artc_pg=5

Then I figured, might be worth getting, esp with the usb reader and recorder, but after reading this.

http://gonedigital.net/2010/10/22/pvr-software-beta-for-icecrypt-t2200-freeview-hd-box/

I turns out the recorded files come out as .rec files, which are encrypted, so you won't be able to play them back with anything else.

shame.

.Rec files can be converted with a free program called Video ReDo, just search for it and convert your recordings on a computer to playback unencrypted.
#40
Page 3 of this comprehensive review does say the mkv files should work (at least for some)

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/icecrypt-t2200-690460/review?artc_pg=1

"Meanwhile, a selection of movie trailers downloaded in DivX HD format (MKV files) are played from a USB stick in spectacular fashion. Detail levels are high and images are clean, and while there's very little motion blur, slow camera pans do involve a modicum of stepping"

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