Technika STBHDIS2010 Freeview HD Set Top Box - £30 In-Store and Online @ Tesco Direct - HotUKDeals
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Seen this in my local Tesco in Connswater, Belfast. Also available online. Apoligies if already posted but I did a search and could not find
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#1
You might want to check out the reviews on reevoo. Looks to have some major faults.

Edited By: johnj60 on Apr 25, 2011 15:48
#2
Type Technika into the search box and the second item is http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/technika-stbhdh2010-stbhdv2010-hd-freeview-terrestrial-box-30-tesco-direct-onlin/904800 which seems to be another variant (or two)

Edited By: Decentbloke on Apr 25, 2011 15:58
#3
Decentbloke
Type Technika into the search box and the second item ishttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/technika-stbhdh2010-stbhdv2010-hd-freeview-terrestrial-box-30-tesco-direct-onlin/904800 which seems to be another variant (or two)
This is another variant which Tesco sold prevoiusly. I think it is an older model than the one I have posted as it does not have a digital display. Also agree with the first comment that reviews are not very good but hey for thirty quid would take my chances and can always return it if not suitable!
#4
Decentbloke
Type Technika into the search box and the second item ishttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/technika-stbhdh2010-stbhdv2010-hd-freeview-terrestrial-box-30-tesco-direct-onlin/904800 which seems to be another variant (or two)
I think the previous one which you refer to is an older model with no digital readout on the front panel. Reviews are luke warm but for thirty pounds I think it is worth it and if it causes problems then can be returned for a refund!!
suspended#5
Worth a shot at that price.
#6
BadBargain2
Worth a shot at that price.


Nope, not IMO, had one for 3 weeks, constantly had issues with it, took it back, got my money back and ut it towards this instead. I'd recommend anyone thinking of buying one of these to do the same thing aswell.
#7
for that price you can't grumble.... Well you can but you get what you pay for. Voted hot
#8
Bought the i-can easy hd 2851t box from Currys for £43 (price match with Tesco less 10%) yesterday and am having issues with that one also.- No picture via the SCART inteface.

It seems all these cheap Freeview boxes have issues.
#9
Grumpyone, why would you connect a freeview hd box via scart????
#10
I took a punt on one of these when it was £35 a few months back. For the first few months it was really buggy and the HD channels kept disappearing, it did an 'over the air' firmware update about a month ago and has worked flawlessy since.
#11
Why would you buy a freeview hd box and then hook it up via scart,thought the idea of going hd would be to use hdmi lead
#12
a complete no no ,,
read the reviews ,,its very unstable ,,hd channles keep skipping and disappearing ,,bought one will be returning though as did 6 times factory reset ,,
by the way the ethernet at the back is for the interactive services like i player which will be coming shortly ,,have a look at the channel zero website ,,
#13
guvner12
Why would you buy a freeview hd box and then hook it up via scart,thought the idea of going hd would be to use hdmi lead


Bought for my GF to use initially with an old CRT portable TV until I get her a nice 23/24" HDMI monitor to serve as dual purpose TV and PC monitor.

The point IS it should work with the supplied SCART without having to fafff about !!!!!!!

Instructions are limited - their web site is useless - and the embedded iPlayer is crap !!!

Like I said these cheap freeview boxes all have issues.
#14
I bought the H model the last time the deal was posted, STBHDH2010, no front display, a silver stripe on the front, but imho the best looking out of the 3 boxes, admittedly not used much (average probably 2 or 3 hours a day watching mainly the HD channels via HDMI), not crashed once since I bought it, no freezes or having to pull the plug etc, so if people are wanting to take a punt on a £30 technika HD box then I would recommend looking for the H model, the only thing it doesn't seem to be able to do is transcode the BBC 5.1 broadcasts which your amp/surround sound system needs in order to get 5.1.
#15
Just typed in my postcode and I get told that Freeview HD won`t be in NI until next year,so a bit useless selling them here.
#16
No1_Dave
I bought the H model the last time the deal was posted, STBHDH2010, no front display, a silver stripe on the front, but imho the best looking out of the 3 boxes, admittedly not used much (average probably 2 or 3 hours a day watching mainly the HD channels via HDMI), not crashed once since I bought it, no freezes or having to pull the plug etc, so if people are wanting to take a punt on a £30 technika HD box then I would recommend looking for the H model, the only thing it doesn't seem to be able to do is transcode the BBC 5.1 broadcasts which your amp/surround sound system needs in order to get 5.1.


I had the H model and experienced all the issues you mentioned....
#17
agnostic
Just typed in my postcode and I get told that Freeview HD won`t be in NI until next year,so a bit useless selling them here.

Not quite - you'll be able to get the RTE digital terrestrial MPEG4 broadcasts most boxes can't pick up.
#18
You're better off just not buying this thing in the first place. Yes it's only £30, but can you really be bothered to take it back when you realise it just doesn't work properly? This model has been around some time now so there is no excuse as to why a firmware update hasn't been provided. Tesco know about the problems and are hoping plently of people will pay the £30 and not bother to get a refund when they see it doesn't work. For some people, taking a punt means just that. Might as well take 3 £10 notes and put them down your nearest street drain.
#19
mac11
agnostic
Just typed in my postcode and I get told that Freeview HD won`t be in NI until next year,so a bit useless selling them here.

Not quite - you'll be able to get the RTE digital terrestrial MPEG4 broadcasts most boxes can't pick up.
Also, I think you can upscale standard definition on these. When Freeview HD finally comes to NI you will be ready. I'm off to Knocknagoney now to pick up one!!
#20
Thanks for that info guys.Luckily I can get terrestrial RTE as I`m in Derry.If I bought this,then I`d have a Freeview LCD,a Thompson HD recorder and a Freeview HD box lol.The missus scowls enough about the remotes.I`ll wait until next year and get a Panny with all that included,hopefully.
#21
Had this for 2 days before taking it back for a refund. The box gives you stunning pictures in the HD channels and the menus are quick and easy to use. However the box constantly crashes and you need to unplug at the wall. Channels dissapear and found myself tuning every time i turned it on.

I took this back and spoke to the tv area salesman. He was already aware of the problems so why are tesco's still selling these????????
#22
There don't seem to be any Tesco I-can easy HD boxes left; I tried Currys too and they've discontinued this. What's the next best alternative for cheap freeview HD box at the moment. I quite like the idea of having i-player.
#23
guys....just bought one of these....wasnt great to start with. visit http://www.ch-zone.tv and download the latest update.works perfect now, no issues at all!!top buy
#24
Bought a couple of these both had the earlier version on the firmware. One box was a second hand one, a bit suspicious when I opened it the batteries were unsealed in the box and was already tuned to the TV stations but not for my area. Finally got out the intractions and in with them was a reciept for a game (no game though) showing the previous owners name and address.

This was taken back and exchanged without any problems, the second box crashed and swithched it self off a couple of times and the channel 0 down load funtion did no work. Again there was no problem getting the box exchanged.

Both replacements are now running with 161 firmware and touch wood they are now stable and for £30 they are ok.

Running one box through a scart lead as not yet got a HD TV for that box, as the old freeview box needed a aerial amp to boost the signal, this is no longer needed with these boxes. Just had to change the settings in the box for the normal TV and pcture quality is great.

They have now gone back up to £60 in my local Tesco.
#25
@ pavc
is this the f/w update you used linky
1 Like #26
Sorry forgot to put link in my post, try this.


http://www.ch-zero.tv/support


@J9STL yes same link as you have shown, when I copied the extracted foler on to the usb drive box did not find update file. In the end copied the sub folder out of the main folder on to the root of mem stick, and to save messing copied the update file on to the root of usb drive. updated fine, afterwoods.


Edited By: pavc on Jun 04, 2011 17:34: missed a bit out
#27
Guys!!!!! Don't be concerned about buying this box. Yes, it is buggy out of the box, but a firmware update is available from ch-zero.tv and can be loaded onto the unit with a USB pendrive in less than 5 mins. After this is done, the unit works perfectly.

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