Technika Smartbox 8320HD Freeview+HD Recorder - £150 @ Tesco Direct - HotUKDeals
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Can be got for £140 with voucher TDX-KMAW.

Or £150 with 500 extra points with TDX-KNA7.

Also 4% TopCashback which expires 4/4 or 3% Quidco.

The Technika SmartBox 8320HD is the first Freeview+HD digital TV recorder to let you watch and record stunning High Definition programmes from Freeview HD and with upscaling of up to 50 standard definition digital TV channels and twin freeview HD tuners, will transform your TV experience and help you get the best out of your HD television. The SmartBox includes a 320GB hard drive with 2 USB ports that let you export and store programmes on an external hard drive. Connect the SmartBox to broadband with WiFi or an Ethernet cable and activate FetchTV and you will also get access to a wealth of online content and services direct to your TV including Sky Player, BBC iPlayer, Fetch on Demand and more. With thousands of hours of movies and TV on demand, FetchTV is just like DVD rental, without having to go to the store. There is an 8 day one screen programme guide, as well as, an online TV guide with remote recording capability to set recordings on your SmartBox when you are on the go. The Technika SmartBox 8320HD’s built in Media Centre also makes it easy to share photos, music and video from your PC to your TV. Universal remote control and HDMI cable included.
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#1
I've been waiting for this to come down for ages. It gets great reviews.
#2
perrioli
I've been waiting for this to come down for ages. It gets great reviews.

Hardly - I had one for a while last year - constantly crashing, missing recordings, recording the wrong programs etc.
#3
perrioli
I've been waiting for this to come down for ages. It gets great reviews.

Err, any link to those great reviews?
#4
Hardly - I had one for a while last year - constantly crashing, missing recordings, recording the wrong programs etc.


Ditto.
Go for a DigitalStream 320gb for £169.99 or 500gb for £199 much better.
#6
I've had one for 8 months and the firmware is really hard work.

You have to be prepared to put up with regular problems using one of these.
1 Like #7

I wouldn't bother with these official reviews for any PVR - most problems take days or weeks to become apparent and are rarely picked up in reviews. Try user forums like this for the real picture:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/pvrs-vcrs/1410035-fetch-tv-hd-pvr-tesco-04-06-2010-part-six-6.html
#8
brookheather
I wouldn't bother with these official reviews for any PVR - most problems take days or weeks to become apparent and are rarely picked up in reviews. Try user forums like this for the real picture:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/pvrs-vcrs/1410035-fetch-tv-hd-pvr-tesco-04-06-2010-part-six-6.html

Good point
#9
These are terrible had two fault after fault missing programes kept freezing I bit the bullet and went with the humax fox t2 HDR best machine on the Market it's outstanding
2 Likes #10
Heat! This is a bargain for the kit. Ok so avforums are up to thread part 6, but if you read carefully - if you apply the latest firmware then I think most of the bugs have been ironed out.

Most of the freeview PVR's have problemns, but the company that manufacture this box have been rolling out regular updates for it and addressing issues fairly quickly.

Its definitely worth a punt at this cracking price in my opinion and if its not for you Tesco are always reallly good with their refunds.

But a PVR, Freeview HD, internet TV, including sky player and all the rest of its connectivity for £140, £134 if you go through quidco, you'd be hard pushed to compete with it
#12
This new update makes very interesting reading:

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/39194/fetch-tv-hd-ui-hands-on

Not sure when it's going to be available though.
#13
ame2418
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Not sure when it's going to be available though.

"available from Summer 2011"

http://www.ipvision-uk.tv/news.asp?pageID=2145848561&RefID=2141732872

I have this box and it is ok for the money (I paid £135 for a "new" one off eBay last year). It does have numerous issues that I have to learned to live with or have developed workarounds for. It seems to work fine 99% of the time provided I keep things simple and treat it with kid gloves when it's recording.

The new interface looks promising and if cosmetics are anything to go by, it's a quantum leap in the right direction. Looks like the existing buggy software has had a complete rewrite. I'm hoping that means the existing problems will be fixed and aren't replaced by new ones.

If you are in the market for a HD PVR, I think this is definitely worth £150 as it has a number of redeeming features, especially if you enjoy tinkering with gadgets. The image quality is excellent, you can stream SD recordings to a pc or xbmc, schedule recordings via web or iphone app, play most media formats from an attached drive or via UPnP, you can even allocate channels for compatible web pages that you can browse during ad breaks. I actually check on hotukdeals.com direct from my FetchTV box every now and agin. And, despite what I said earlier, the existing user interface isn't bad at all (once you get used to it's foibles!). If you don't get on with it, you can return it to Tesco for a refund like many others have.
#14
Just wondering, how do you allocate channels to view a web page?
1 Like #15
I've had the 8320HD since October 2010 and the firmware releases have gradually improved the box's stability, though there are still 2 major problems (for me) remaining. The first is that the remote control now often repeats the previous button press if you press a different button than before (so, for example, pressing "12" might actually act as if "11" had been pressed).

The other issue is that Accurate Recording works great for the start of programmes but doesn't work correctly for the end. So if a programme starts early, you'll catch the early start, but if it ends late, you'll get chopped off at the originally scheduled EPG time and lose several minutes. Yep, there's no auto-padding to counteract this, so you either have to manually pad (painful) or record the next programme as well and watch the start of that recording to catch the missing minutes.

The new forthcoming UI at least suggests development isn't grinding to a halt, so even if Tesco are about to discontinue its distribution, I still think this is a good purchase at 150 quid (+5 quid if you need it delivered). Oh - a quick plug for my blog on the 8320HD...yes, I'm sad enough to blog about a hard disk recorder...

Edited By: rkl on Apr 09, 2011 21:12
#16
selling my remote as i've used the 320gb hard disk for my laptop
http://tinyurl.com/cv88536

Edited By: bilbo on Aug 16, 2012 11:04: typo

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