Mini Digital Freeview TV SCART with USB Input - was £69.99 now £24.99 instore @ Maplin (or £27.97 Del + Quidco) - HotUKDeals
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If you want a way of watching films etc from a flash drive, this could be the one for you. It plugs directly into the back your tv via a scart socket, leaving you space for other components below your tv. Reduced from £69.99.

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Convert your TV, DVR or video into a Digital TV
USB input to watch DivX or Xvid video, view JPEG photos or listen to MP3s
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and digital text
Full function remote control included
Automatic channel search
Favourite channel memory
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1 Like #1
[SIZE="3"]Some useful info...[/SIZE]

[SIZE="2"]1) It comes with a USB extension cable so you don't have to reach behind your TV everytime you connect/ disconnect your flash drive.

2) The power transformer is Not oversized - it will not cover any mains socket except the one it's plugged into.

3) I think it will recognise up to 9999 files from a flash drive (it has a four digit file counter). It also read my 8GB Buffalo Flash no problem.

4) The depth of the scart from the side that rests on the back of the TV to the bendy bit of cable that heads away from the TV is 9cm. I'd recommend leaving 10cm between TV and wall for a neat, but not too tight, fit.

5) It works with LCD, Plasma and regular TVs.

6) A firmware update is avalaible via the product page.

Although the picture quality is not quite Hi-Def, freeview looks fine, however, movies from the USB look great (of course, the picture quality for files from a USB depend largely on the quality of the file itself) :thumbsup:[/SIZE]
#2
Looks good.
Does anyone have any experience of this or any other minature freeview device.
Do they work as well as a set top box? or is there a drawback because of the size?
#3
looks good

anyone got one?
#4
Showing as around 28 days for delivery on their website.

Doberman - I have a Bush Freeview Scart Block and it works just as well as a full sized box.
#5
The size should not affect this at all

Although i havent used this model I have used several usb tv stick which are about 1/10 this size, and normally the only problem is making sure you have a good ariel
#6
pcfairs
The size should not affect this at all

Although i havent used this model I have used several usb tv stick which are about 1/10 this size, and normally the only problem is making sure you have a good ariel


Hi, I bough one of these yesterday and it works a treat on my portable tv in the bedroom. And I have an old wire coat-hanger for an ariel!! :thumbsup:
#7
can you play stuff straight from a usb harddrive?
1 Like #8
I posted this about a month ago and everyone voted it cold and went on about how they would prefer a proper box etc.

As it happens I bought one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roadstar-DVBT2112-Freeview-SCART-Adaptor/dp/B000R206NW/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=gateway&qid=1203009458&sr=8-1in in the end and it's been fantastic. Seems to have nearly doubled in price since then though. I paid £21.99
#9
adr0ck
can you play stuff straight from a usb harddrive?

Manual seems to suggest so:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Media/PDFs/221102_1.pdf

Page 11.
#10
I don't own this but I have had problems svideo to scart connectors because I have an older TV that would only do weird aspect ration & black and white. So if your tv is old be cautious.
#11
Just ordered one :)
#12
Will this device work with an analouge terrestrial ariel or is it only compatible with a digital signal?
#13
i'm more interested in the USB xvid reader etc. is there anything else on the market for cheaper?
#14
ap123ap;1582167
Will this device work with an analouge terrestrial ariel or is it only compatible with a digital signal?
It all depends whether your current aerial operates on the frequency range of the digital broadcasts, and this will be the same whatever Freeview receiver you choose. Easiest thing is to ask a few neighbours if they've been successful plugging Freeview receivers into their existing aerials.
#15
Having a USB connector is a great idea.

But you could also do the same by burning movies/tv or photos
to a DVD or CD and playing it back on a normal DVD player.
#16
i just like the idea of just sticking it on a usb drive to watch an episode without having to use a disc (just saving discs)

if the tv series is good (like heroes) then i like to buy it when its released
#17
Reserved one yesterday. Picking it up tonight!
Voted hot.
I too think its waste of CD/DVD/time to burn something rather than copy it to a USB equiavalent memory stick and playing straight off that.

My main TV has that functionality built in, but wanted something like this for the bedroom.
#18
I have a DVD player that has a USB input and DivX compatibility. I would be "Lost" without this.This functionality is ideal for instant viewing rather than creating/wasting a cd/dvd. I am certainaly considering purchasing one of these for the spare room. Great find. The OP should be one of the "Heroes"!! Heat and rep added!!
#19
Useful information posted under the FAQs section:

Q) Does this freeview box work of a transformer, also if fitted to the back of the tv how does the unit recieve the signal from the remote, Thanks - Andy

A) Powered from supplied transformer, remote control via infra red eye.
banned#20
Voted Hot. Bought one of these yesterday, works fine, easy to setup and use. The primary reason I bought this was to play movies off USB, however there are problems, it only recognizes if the movie is encoded in a specific bitrate and up to certain version of Xvid or Divx. I managed to play couple of movies but most of the stuff that I encoded did not worked. I will post my finding on what version and bitrate it happily works with.

Also in the manual it says that it is firmware upgradeable, however I have been unable to find the manufacturers website, so I do not know if I will ever be able to get a new version of firmware :)
1 Like #21
sheedatali
Voted Hot. Bought one of these yesterday, works fine, easy to setup and use. The primary reason I bought this was to play movies off USB, however there are problems, it only recognizes if the movie is encoded in a specific bitrate and up to certain version of Xvid or Divx. I managed to play couple of movies but most of the stuff that I encoded did not worked. I will post my finding on what version and bitrate it happily works with.

Also in the manual it says that it is firmware upgradeable, however I have been unable to find the manufacturers website, so I do not know if I will ever be able to get a new version of firmware :)


since the page is no longer on the maplin site, i found it through google cache

http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:VKSs1xrw8lMJ:info.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx%3FC%3DSO%26U%3Dstrat310%26T%3DLiverpool%2BAintree%26ModuleNo%3D221102%26ma%3DLiverpool%2BAintree%2B-%2BMini%2BDigital%2BFreeview%2BTV%2BSCART%2Bwith%2BUSB%2BInput+freeview+with+usb+maplin&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=uk

it also has a link for a firmware update as well here http://www.maplin.co.uk/media/stbrom.bin
#22
Many Thanks Creosote! :thumbsup:

I've been struggling to find the update.
banned#23
Creosote

it also has a link for a firmware update as well here http://www.maplin.co.uk/media/stbrom.bin


Thanks for this, the update does solve lot of problems, it does not crash when there is a video file in usb that it can't play. It also now automatically moves on to the next files. The rest is pretty much the same, I noticed that it struggles on high motion (High bitrate) scenes, the sounds and picture becomes very jittery. It may be that it is my USB stick not being able to send data quick enough, I will test it with my iPOD and see how it results. For 25£, it does what it says.
#24
This is no longer on there website :x does anybody have its Maplin Product Code?
So that I can ring my local store and see if they have any stock
#25
went to grimbsy maplin today priced up at £69 went to till and he said £24 .99 got it working with old coat hanger out of bedroom window but not all channels gonna buy booster tomorrow as we purchased a fab aerial instore but didnt work yet coat hangar did amazing x so aerial going back xx:thumbsup:
#26
the link doesnt take me to it, does anyone have another link please or an item code?
Thanks
#27
preetkk
This is no longer on there website :x does anybody have its Maplin Product Code?
So that I can ring my local store and see if they have any stock


minxtress
the link doesnt take me to it, does anyone have another link please or an item code?
Thanks




the code is A58HF
#28
I've been billed by maplin then recieved a despatch email saying its on its way but currently out of stock:? Received an envelope this morning containing order advice stating Currently out of stock. Guess I'll just have to wait until it comes back into stock. Still a bit naughty to have already billed me.:x
#29
I'm actually on my second one now - the freeview functionality has some issues - main one being lip-sync issues. I think this is a general problem with the device itself, rather than a one off fault.
I have tried the firmware upgrade... no difference. Main issue channels for me so far are Channel 4 and E4.
#30
Jad invoice in post today and now have just recieved email saying the item is no longer avalible and will not be sent !!!


Very disapointed indeed !
#31
I must add that mine isn't faultless either; I can't get it to complete the firmware update. And, as we seem to have bought the last of them from Maplin, I don't want to take it back for a refund because the picture quality from USB is fantastic (I've been watching material, which before ending up on my flash drive, was once broadcast in HD in the US).

As far as the freeview goes, I actually only bought this as a way of watching stuff from USB, so getting any freeview is a bonus - I'd still have paid £25 for it without freeview! Anyway, I hope there are only a few of us who have had some difficulties with this product. At least it comes with three riveting games if all else fails :w00t:
#32
rod70
I've been billed by maplin then recieved a despatch email saying its on its way but currently out of stock:? Received an envelope this morning containing order advice stating Currently out of stock. Guess I'll just have to wait until it comes back into stock. Still a bit naughty to have already billed me.:x
Received an email approx 7pm last night stating the item was on its way. :)
#33
Now its not coming. Discontinued :x

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