Thomson 160GB Personal Video Recorder with Top Up TV+ from 1/11/07 @ Aldi - HotUKDeals
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Top Up TV+ is a Digital TV Recorder that not only allows you to record, rewind and pause live TV, but also gives you access to additional TV services.

Top Up TV Anytime
Top Up TV Anytime is a great new download TV service. Over 150 programmes are selected each week by 19 great Pay-TV channels, which are downloaded to your DTR for you to watch at anytime. Top Up TV Anytime offers programmes and channels such as Living TV, Paramount Comedy, Discovery, UKTV Gold and many more for a small monthly fee. Top Up TV are so confident that you will love the service that you can subscribe to Top Up TV Anytime and PictureBox free for a month.*

Picture Box
If you like romance, sci-fi or action movies youll love PictureBox for just a small monthly fee you can enjoy great movies every night.

Setanta Sports
Setanta Sports is available on the Top Up TV+ DTR so you can enjoy 40 Barclays Premiership matches, coverage of the Scottish Premier League, top European Football Leagues, the US PGAS Golf Tour and much more. Premier sport all Exclusively Live for only £9.99 a month plus £10 connection fee.

*One month free trial of Top Up TV Anytime and PictureBox subject to terms and conditions, full subscriptions details available at http://www.topuptv.com.
Setanta Sports connection fee and monthly subscriptions applies. An aerial upgrade may be required to receive digital TV channels through your aerial.
**Freeview is a separate free digital TV service which does not require a monthly subscription.

http://www.topup.tv/tvplus/index.html
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#1
Meh...

Cracking piece of kit, and it is cheap...but only as cheap as John Lewis sell it now (with the £10 discount code) and Argos for that matter (with the £10 gift token for £100 spend).
#2
This can be had for waaayyy less than £90 if you follow the instructions in this thread:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106812&highlight=thomson


PS Agree with ourdave, had this for approx a month now and it's absolutely top notch (and ended up costing me £55 net!)
#3
bellboys
This can be had for waaayyy less than £90 if you follow the instructions in this thread:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106812&highlight=thomson


PS Agree with ourdave, had this for approx a month now and it's absolutely top notch (and ended up costing me £55 net!)



Er slight problem though.. they are out of stock and have been for a week....
#4
londonthing98
Er slight problem though.. they are out of stock and have been for a week....


And why do I think they will continue to be until the latest JL £20 discount has run out. Or maybe they just can't get any stock because Aldi have nabbed them all!!!

Rob
#5
Patience is a virtue when money-saving is involved, lol. I've voted warm, btw. 1/11/07 gives them a few days to get more stock in.
#6
Very happy with our box. Not sure yet of the value of Top Up TV, still on months free trial though.
#7
ourdave

Cracking piece of kit...

I agree it's a pretty good PVR - my biggest gripe with it was fan & HDD noise - the example I had never span down the HDD even in stand-by and Thomson assured me that was 'normal' behaviour. A real pain in a quiet room when the TV is off and not very environmentally friendly.
#8
This is a good deal for those who can receive Freeview. I, along with 7 million other people i the UK cannot. I wish the Ads etc. AND the manufacturers AND the retailers would get a grip on this and feature more items not reliant on Freeview. There is always an assumption that one can receive Freeview.

Ok. I've had my rant....

Thanks.
#9
gezmek
There is always an assumption that one can receive Freeview.


I live in an area that is in the next wave of analogue shutdown. We don't have Freeview available so the local retailers don't carry stock of any units, they haven't bothered training staff ('cos they'll forget or have left by the time we get Freeview) and general awareness of Freeview has been low.

There are only a very few aerial specialists and it looks as if they could be overwhelmed in the 2-3 months switchover period (all for the sake of a predicted 22 TV channels & 10 radio).

Efforts have been directed at urban and other high-density populations without any apparent thought given to a time-based approach such that those losing analogue first are able to receive Freeview first.

Those around here who have noticed the increased publicity for the digital switchover and, as the ads recommend, decided to do something about it have, obviously, all opted for the Sky solution because there is no other currently available option!

Whoever said "there's no such thing as bad publicity" just hadn't anticipated how Freeview could have got this so very badly wrong by simply not being in the marketplace when punters are being driven there by all the publicity.

[/rant]
#10
TongPo
I was going to get a Thompson myself but the 17+ watts it consumes in standby mode is far too high. The hard disk never switches off and on my friends one it is quite loud.

I heard there may be a firmware upgrade being released for this box so that it actually has a proper standby mode. I will definately be tempted to get one when they sort that out.



Thomson are constantly updating this machine, if you read the early user reviews it was apparently a real dud. Maybe I was lucky as mine is almost silent (certainly as quiet as my Sky+ boxes) and hasn't missed a beat in the month I've had it. I know there are people who swear by Topfield, Humax etc but AFAIK those machines cost way more than the Thomson and don't even have all the features the Thomson has (like series link and the ability to record 2 channels at the same time). IMHO this machine is an absolute steal at £90 or less, sell the topuptv starter pack that comes iwth it and this could cost considerably less than that! And Thomson more or less introduced PVRs into Europe so they know what they are doing (I still miss my beloved Tivo)

Edit: I STILL think it's worth waiting to see if JLewis get any more stock, for the simple reason that you can get it for £75 delivered (after £5 Quidco & the £20 voucher) and they give a standard 2 year warranty on all the electrical items they sell.
#11
Bellboys - You say your Thomson is very quiet - does it switch off the HDD and fan when in stand-by?
#12
Mine is also very noisy and never 'switches off'. I even hear it OVER my PC that I leave on at nights.
#13
bellboys
Thomson are constantly updating this machine, if you read the early user reviews it was apparently a real dud. Maybe I was lucky as mine is almost silent (certainly as quiet as my Sky+ boxes) and hasn't missed a beat in the month I've had it. I know there are people who swear by Topfield, Humax etc but AFAIK those machines cost way more than the Thomson and don't even have all the features the Thomson has (like series link and the ability to record 2 channels at the same time). IMHO this machine is an absolute steal at £90 or less, sell the topuptv starter pack that comes iwth it and this could cost considerably less than that! And Thomson more or less introduced PVRs into Europe so they know what they are doing (I still miss my beloved Tivo)

Edit: I STILL think it's worth waiting to see if JLewis get any more stock, for the simple reason that you can get it for £75 delivered (after £5 Quidco & the £20 voucher) and they give a standard 2 year warranty on all the electrical items they sell.


Humax does record 2 channels at the same time:thumbsup:
#14
wombat6025
Bellboys - You say your Thomson is very quiet - does it switch off the HDD and fan when in stand-by?



No, in stand-by or in use it's virtually the same noise - a very very slight hum. I know it's hard to articulate noise on an internet BB but in comparison to my son's 1 year old PC (AMD-powered, though), this Thomson is many many decibels quieter. Like I said before, maybe we have been extrememely lucky. The next firmware update should be interesting if Thomson/TUTV do decide to make the machine go into a 'decent' standby mode where the HDD and fan are powered down. That would probably get rid of one of the last drawbacks that a lot of people experie
nce with this machine.
#15
ahh heck, this looked like the perfect answer to my wife's constant demands for sky+.. i really don't want a dish on the house or to be associated with the great satan that is sky but the fan noise is a bit of a deal breaker. if thomson sorts this out i'll happily fork out £100.
#16
simonph
ahh heck, this looked like the perfect answer to my wife's constant demands for sky+.. i really don't want a dish on the house or to be associated with the great satan that is sky but the fan noise is a bit of a deal breaker. if thomson sorts this out i'll happily fork out £100.


These PVR's are not a replacement for Sky +
#17
it looks really good to me.. i think it was the series link option that nearly had me buying
#18
If you are going to buy this, remember it's not avilable at Aldi until 1/11/07. In the meantime, keep checking John Lewis online for the chance to get it delivered for £75, plus they give a free 2 year warranty on their electrical appliances. They are currently out of stock but frequently re-stock this product.
#19
cheers.. at the moment we have sky booked in on the 3rd to install sky+.. if there's anyway i can avoid this with a viable alternative i will!
1 Like #20
Had 3 of these from Sainsburys & Argos when they were £99 .A load of old rubbish kept freezing,sometimes timer would not record ,noise was annoying,sometimes would record prog with no sound i could go on ,eventually gave up and went for a sagem and have had no probs

ps the series link was also a joke on all 3 boxes would miss some episodes for no reason
#21
Hey I ordered this box using the £75 john lewis deal, and must say im happy so far with the way it opperates, it picked up all the possible channels too! hooray! and the first thing i watched was an episode of Red Dwarf so thats all good!

Only thing is, it is a little noisy, im trying to work out how to build some sort of sound dampening enclosure for it! out of a cardboard box and some jiffy bags (lets hope I don't burn the house down!)

One thing though, I got that DVD style case with the booklet and top up TV card in it. Only thing is, it had TWO top up TV cards (which had somehow become stuck together with a bit of that glue you get on magazine covers)

So does this mean I now have 2 cards to sell on ebay?! (I dont want to use them myself) or am i missing something obvious that would stop me doing so?
#22
Will this record from an external source through the scart socket?
#23
[SIZE=2]If your a BT broadband customer get a BTVision box for free and only pay a £30 connection charge. Well worth it however some restrictions like you need to have a broadband speed of over 2MB/s and also have a BT home hub. If youve got those then its a real bargain.[/SIZE]
#24
razta
[SIZE=2]If your a BT broadband customer get a BTVision box for free and only pay a £30 connection charge. Well worth it however some restrictions like you need to have a broadband speed of over 2MB/s and also have a BT home hub. If youve got those then its a real bargain.[/SIZE]



No monthly fees?
#25
simonph
i really don't want a dish on the house or to be associated with the great satan that is sky.


So you are quite willing to have an even more ugly aerial on your house and are willing to be associated with the great satan that is Freeview (Part owned by Sky)

Guffaw!
#26
AndyToys
So you are quite willing to have an even more ugly aerial

A typical TV aerial is out of view (on top of the house) and nowhere near as offensive looking (or large) as a dish on the side/front/back of your house.

willing to be associated with the great satan that is Freeview (Part owned by Sky)
Freeview is free (the name gives it away...) He would have to spend money with sky.

Do you see the difference? One is supporting newscorp financially - the other isn't.

Chortle!!
#27
^^^

You still have to pay for the freeview box! So you are supporting newscorp financially. And technically your wrong, you can pay a one of payment of £75 and get Sky installed (included in the £75) with just the free to air channels (more than what you get with freeview) and have it free from then on for life ;-)
#28
What's that little square box in the back of a Sky dish?



Oh yeah, a council house.

;)
#29
avfc456

You still have to pay for the freeview box! So you are supporting newscorp financially.
Sky (nor any of the other DTT council members) makes any money from the licensing and sale of the boxes.

And technically your wrong, you can pay a one of payment of £75 and get Sky installed (included in the £75) with just the free to air channels (more than what you get with freeview) and have it free from then on for life ;-)

Which you have to sign the interactive agreement to gain. The price is £100 if you don't wish your viewing details databased and sold on.

Whichever way, you're guaranteed lots of dire TV to watch.
#30
chaymation
What's that little square box in the back of a Sky dish?



Oh yeah, a council house.

;)



Guffaw!
#31
chaymation
What's that little square box in the back of a Sky dish?



Oh yeah, a council house.

;)


sky plus is a basic human right

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