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Thomson 160gb PVR £79.97@Tesco.com & instore.

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With up to 120 hours of recording time, the Thomson DTI6300-16 Digital Television Recorder can also pause live TV. This digital television recorder has a 160GB hard drive and features an Electronic progamme guide and a Top-up card slot . The Thomson Digital video recorder also has an auto setup function and auto detection, allowing you to find new channels.
Features
Name Value
Auto Set Up Yes
Brand Thomson
Digital Audio Output Yes
Electronic Programme Guide Yes
Features of Product Up to 120 hours of recording time Pause live TV Series link Digital text Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available Auto setup Auto detection of new channels Auto scan for new channels 14 day electronic programme guide
Hard Drive Yes
Hard Drive Size 160GB
Product Depth 21 cm
Product Height 6.5 cm
Product Width 37 cm
Remote Control Yes
RF Loop Through Yes
RGB Output No
SCART Sockets 2
Top-up Card Slot Yes
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#1
I don't think it is a common problem, but mine freezes reguarly, and I have to retune the channels about twice a week.

I will be sending mine back for an exchange/repair.

Voted hot, as I am sure mine is a rogue one. :)
#2
thesaint
I don't think it is a common problem, but mine freezes reguarly, and I have to retune the channels about twice a week.

I will be sending mine back for an exchange/repair.

Voted hot, as I am sure mine is a rogue one. :)


Know what you mean, i've got a Goodmans 160gb, sometimes it locks up, and sync problems, think pvr's are very tempremental but thought it was a good price.:thumbsup:
#3
freezing is a very common problem and it happens at the worst possible times normally in the middle of something that you really want to watch
#4
Bought mine from John Lewis and it's been working really well....only frozen once over about 9 month period. Highly recommended. John Lewis gave a 2 year guarantee with it though.
#5
I bought one of these today. I have been looking for a freeview pvr for a while now.
#6
Had one of these for a few months..never had a problem with it. The TuTV stuff is a little annoying as I won't ever get that service again. Good storage and a neat little box, and with a decent remote for a change. Voted hot.
#7
They have these for the same price in Asda too. They are a bit ugly but I've read good reviews.
#8
Bought one of these Thomson sets from Argos in Jan and returned it within 3 months, Firmware crashed could not record any programs, the hard drive is also very noisey. Cheap but unreliable!
#9
Welcome to HotUKDeals mojo25:)
#10
Dixons are doing the Humax 9200BT for £154. If you go via Quidco you get a £5 voucher. Also if you use Egg Card their is more discount. This PVR ( its German) is the BMW of sets, some say the 2nd best PVR on the market. I don't know which PVR is in 1st place. The same PVR is £199 at Tesco. I have just ordered one because my "old" freeview set is dead after 3 years service.
#11
The topfield is probably the best out their had one for about 2 years with no problems but a little expensive but worth it compared to the ones that just dont work you need a good search around to make sure the firmware works panasonic had one out about 2 years ago and couldent get it to work so had to stop selling it if they had trouble then it must be hard:)
#12
Will this record freeview from my intergrated hdtv,or does this have built in freeview and records from there.
#13
andym6561
Will this record freeview from my intergrated hdtv,or does this have built in freeview and records from there.


It has two built in tuners, so you can record two freeview programmes, and then watch a 3rd on your TV, or an analogue signal if you don't have freeview built into your T.V.
#14
I setup two of these boxes for my in laws - never had any problems with them so some of you have just been unlucky. The good points are :-


twin tuner

excellent remote control

series link

card slot for top up tv or setanta sports

the box sets half its space to allow programs to be downloaded - you can switch this off.

I myself have an old humax pvr 8000t which i have had for about 2 years - i upgraded the disk to 160mb and it has never given me any trouble. it has a good programme guide but does not have series link or a twin tuner.


My preference is sky plus but if you do not have that a good pvr with twin tuners at least 160mb hd, card slot and series link comes close.
#15
Hi Everybody

I'm not sure this recording capacity is as good as it appears. I found this review here:-

http://www.techradar.com/products/audio-visual/digital-tv-receivers/thomson-dti6300-16-271874/review

and included the following text which paints a different picture, reliability is also questionable:-

>>Personal services
The 160GB hard disk drive gives you around 20hrs of personal storage, with the rest allocated to Top Up TV Anytime downloads. There are two tuners (fed by the same aerial lead) to enable you to watch one channel while recording another, or record two channels at the same time.<<


Hope this helps

Clive
#16
Get yourselves a TiVo if you want a proper PVR.

You SKY+ boys don't know what your missing.
#17
I bought one of these about a month ago and it is a nice but less than perfect box. Its not crashed on me once and has some nice features like series link, recording two programs while watching a previously recorded program and pausing live tv.

The biggest problem which was not fixed on the latest update is the fast forwarding problem which can be infuriating. Say you set up you box so it records programs 2 minutes before. You fast forward to the start then watch up until the first set of adverts and press fast forward. if you go beyond 16x (it goes up to 64x) then there is a very good chance that it will jump back to the last point you fast forwarded to. Some of the time it doesnt matter what speed you fast forward it still does this and is very annoying when you are over an hour into a movie and have fast forward over stuff you have already watched. This isnt just my box, do a google search and you will find loads of people with this issue.

For the price this bug is ok to live with though but can be very annoying. The other issue is the hard drive constantly running even in standby but you can only hear it in a quiet room.
#18
just-me;1974606
They have these for the same price in Asda too. They are a bit ugly but I've read good reviews.


Ugly??? I think it looks great and matches my Sky HD box.
#19
mojo25
Bought one of these Thomson sets from Argos in Jan and returned it within 3 months, Firmware crashed could not record any programs, the hard drive is also very noisey. Cheap but unreliable!


Had mine for 6 months and I am generally happy with it, it does crash every so often but I've had quite a few freeview boxes that also have crashed at some point, albeit not as often but they were less complex I guess. There are some bugs with the box but there have been firmware releases every couple of months and another due shortly to fix the last few niggly ones.

If anyone does get one that suffers from any of issues listed by mojo25 then simply exchange it, just like you would with faulty products from Sony, Panasonic or anyone else.

All in all you will not find a box of this spec (twin tuner, twin record) and build quality (Thompson make SKY boxes) at anywhere near this price, granted the other boxes mentioned in this thread are good but twice the price.

For independant info on this box look at Kafka's Forum; [url]www.ukkafka.co.uk/phpBB2/index.php[/url]
#20
If you've got a HD ready tv then you could consider the Wharfedale LP160DTRHDMI 160Gb DTR (80 hours recording time) for £129.99 or the 250Gb (130 hours recording time) version for £149.99 both available from Argos. These have Twin Tuners, HDMI upscaling to 1080i, Series Link facility and are also Top Up TV compatible as they have a CI slot so they don't really appear to be missing much and a good price too! :thumbsup:
If you're not too fussed about the CI slot you could swap it for a USB socket and buy the Sagem SG 250GB TT DTR HDMI (120 hours recording time) from Maplin for £149.99 and get free delivery.

I've had a Humax PVR8000T for 4 years now and never had a problem with it but Humax don't have any PVR's with HDMI output as yet unfortunately. I'm looking to move to a Twin Tuner with HDMI upscaling soon and it might have to be the Wharfedale!
#21
whats tivo chiptivo? any links to a good one
#22
Can get these much cheaper on ebay from reputable traders.
#23
andym6561
Will this record freeview from my intergrated hdtv,or does this have built in freeview and records from there.


This type of PVR cannot record from any source other than its internal freeview tuners, you have to pay alot more if you want that type of feature. DVDRW seem to have it more commonly if you don't mind spinning plastic.
#24
drbristow
I bought one of these about a month ago and it is a nice but less than perfect box. Its not crashed on me once and has some nice features like series link, recording two programs while watching a previously recorded program and pausing live tv.

The biggest problem which was not fixed on the latest update is the fast forwarding problem which can be infuriating. Say you set up you box so it records programs 2 minutes before. You fast forward to the start then watch up until the first set of adverts and press fast forward. if you go beyond 16x (it goes up to 64x) then there is a very good chance that it will jump back to the last point you fast forwarded to. Some of the time it doesnt matter what speed you fast forward it still does this and is very annoying when you are over an hour into a movie and have fast forward over stuff you have already watched. This isnt just my box, do a google search and you will find loads of people with this issue.

For the price this bug is ok to live with though but can be very annoying. The other issue is the hard drive constantly running even in standby but you can only hear it in a quiet room.


When fast forwarding over 16x, do not try to just press play but step back down until you reach play speed and then press play (important). This way the jump back issue is reduced and when it does occur then it often jumps to the point where you last pressed play. This is expected to be fixed in the next firmware as is the hard drive power down issue which I believe isn't seen as an issue as TUTV downloads content overnight.
#25
Jefft
Ugly??? I think it looks great and matches my Sky HD box.


I agree, most PVRs look like cheap toys or bricks.
#26
Chiptivo
Get yourselves a TiVo if you want a proper PVR.

You SKY+ boys don't know what your missing.


Didn't TiVo ditch the European market and leave their customers swinging in the wind with no over the air support?
#27
drbristow


The biggest problem which was not fixed on the latest update is the fast forwarding problem which can be infuriating. Say you set up you box so it records programs 2 minutes before. You fast forward to the start then watch up until the first set of adverts and press fast forward. if you go beyond 16x (it goes up to 64x) then there is a very good chance that it will jump back to the last point you fast forwarded to. Some of the time it doesnt matter what speed you fast forward it still does this and is very annoying when you are over an hour into a movie and have fast forward over stuff you have already watched. This isnt just my box, do a google search and you will find loads of people with this issue.



I didn't realise that it was a common problem. Mine does this as well.

I wish it had "thumbnails" that I had on my old Inverto, this made it so much easier when searching recordings, because you could also delete the sections of a programme that you had already watched, as well as find a point that is an hour into the recording within seconds.


drbristow

For the price this bug is ok to live with though but can be very annoying. The other issue is the hard drive constantly running even in standby but you can only hear it in a quiet room.


This apparent problem is one that mine doesn't have though, mine is silent.
I would swap mine for a noisy hard-drive if the other bugs were eliminated. :)
#28
mystery_shopper
If you've got a HD ready tv then you could consider the Wharfedale LP160DTRHDMI 160Gb DTR (80 hours recording time) for £129.99 or the 250Gb (130 hours recording time) version for £149.99 both available from Argos. These have Twin Tuners, HDMI upscaling to 1080i, Series Link facility and are also Top Up TV compatible as they have a CI slot so they don't really appear to be missing much and a good price too! :thumbsup:
I've had a Humax PVR8000T for 4 years now and never had a problem with it but Humax don't have any PVR's with HDMI output as yet unfortunately. I'm looking to move to a Twin Tuner with HDMI upscaling soon and it might have to be the Wharfedale!


Since the Wharfdale name was sold off to a far eastern company (except the speaker division)they have become synonimous with poor build quality, I cannot vouch either way for their PVRs but I recommend doing some research before plumping for it. I must admint that the inclusion of a HDMI is appealing but the quality of Freeview broadcasts is so low that you will not really see any benefit over any other connection method except for composite.
#29
tommyturnip;1975783
I must admint that the inclusion of a HDMI is appealing but the quality of Freeview broadcasts is so low that you will not really see any benefit over any other connection method except for composite.

Thanks for this info. So are you saying that the fairly sketchy picture I get from my Humax on my HD TV through scart could be improved by using composite connection?

Freeview is apparently going to get HD channels at some point next year although you will obviously need a set top box with HDMI output to enjoy them.
#30
DaveOK
Can get these much cheaper on ebay from reputable traders.


How much cheaper and who are the traders would be helpful?

Remembering that if you do get one with a noisy hard drive, which isn't unknown of, you may have more difficulty getting it exchanged due to it not 'technically' being faulty. Best to check with the vendor first as they should accept that it is a known problem and agree to exchange it in advance of purchase.
1 Like #31
mystery_shopper
Thanks for this info. So are you saying that the fairly sketchy picture I get from my Humax on my HD TV through scart could be improved by using composite connection?


Sorry, I think you misread. I was trying to say composite sucks and any other method is better ....but all of the other methods are similar in results due to the SD quality of the original broadcast material.

Your issue with the scart connection could be due to the fact that scart carries composite signals and you TV could be defaulting to that method. Try looking through your TV and Humax settings for the scart's configuration and if you are lucky you will be able to select RGB, if not maybe you will have S-video to fall back on.

If you have no success with this then use something different from the scart connection, if you TV/Humax has them, but not composite!
#32
The hard drive on my machine isnt noisy but is audible. its just a low hum but can be heard when i come home from work and there is no background noise. Its probably a little quieter than my hd-dvd player and about the same as my ps3 when its not not doing much.

Heres a link the comments section on amazon regarding this box for people who want to hear about some of the issues:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomson-Top-Up-TV-Freeview/dp/customer-reviews/B000TVHZLC/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_summary?ie=UTF8&customer-reviews.sort%5Fby=-SubmissionDate&showViewpoints=1&customer-reviews.start=1&qid=1209289615&sr=8-1#customerReviews
#33
thesaint
I didn't realise that it was a common problem. Mine does this as well.

I wish it had "thumbnails" that I had on my old Inverto, this made it so much easier when searching recordings, because you could also delete the sections of a programme that you had already watched, as well as find a point that is an hour into the recording within seconds.

This apparent problem is one that mine doesn't have though, mine is silent.
I would swap mine for a noisy hard-drive if the other bugs were eliminated. :)


As I mention earlier, go to [url]www.ukkafka.co.uk/phpBB2/index.php[/url] and you will see what the common issues are. I believe that there was a discussion on thumbnails somewhere.
#34
tommyturnip
Didn't TiVo ditch the European market and leave their customers swinging in the wind with no over the air support?



No they decided to stop selling to the UK, but are still supporting customers, and the lifetime service is still being fullfilled.

They may not be currently bringing any new models out in the UK, but the service and support is still strong.

Join us at the UK tivo community.

[url]www.tivocommunity.com[/url]
#35
Bought one of these just before Xmas. I would say that for the money its been pretty good. The hard disk fan is slightly audible, but only with the TV off in a normal room.

The fast forwarding issue (of jumping backwards whilst FFW) only seems to manifest itself for me when altering the FFW speed with the rewind button or rewinding after already FFWding several times. (if that makes any sense). Generally i FFW through adverts at 32x (64x does seem a bit buggier) and thats plenty fast enough (any more and you miss the start of a program too easily and then have to rewind which will trigger the issue we're discussing here).

No its not perfect, but for 80 quid its really pretty good, the image quality is not bad (for freeview that is) and as a plain freeview decoder it freezes far less than any other device ive had. My biggest issue with it is that you cant turn it off, only into standby.
#36
mystery_shopper


Freeview is apparently going to get HD channels at some point next year although you will obviously need a set top box with HDMI output to enjoy them.


You will not get HD Freeview over existing boxes unless they have been built with this future upgrade in mind, I believe a new box has recently come out (by Sony I think) that has this very feature but I suspect that all the others out there are not currently capable, regardless of whether they carry a HDMI or not.
#37
[QUOTE=Doubting Thomas]Dixons are doing the Humax 9200BT for £154. If you go via Quidco you get a £5 voucher. Also if you use Egg Card their is more discount. This PVR ( its German) is the BMW of sets, some say the 2nd best PVR on the market. I don't know which PVR is in 1st place. The same PVR is £199 at Tesco. I have just ordered one because my "old" freeview set is dead after 3 years service.


ive had a humax for 2 or 3 years never had a problem with it, went through 5 other pvrs before getting the humax and each one had problems and got sent back ,others was Digifusion, Thompson and Sagem, reccomend humax or topfield to anyone
#38
Chiptivo
No they decided to stop selling to the UK, but are still supporting customers, and the lifetime service is still being fullfilled.

They may not be currently bringing any new models out in the UK, but the service and support is still strong.

Join us at the UK tivo community.

[url]www.tivocommunity.com[/url]


Ah, that's good for existing customers then but doesn't really encourage anyone else to buy one. Out of interest, how do you gete hold of one (new?) and how much are they selling for? I remember that they were very good, if expensive, when they came out.
#39
drbristow
The hard drive on my machine isnt noisy but is audible. its just a low hum but can be heard when i come home from work and there is no background noise. Its probably a little quieter than my hd-dvd player and about the same as my ps3 when its not not doing much.

Heres a link the comments section on amazon regarding this box for people who want to hear about some of the issues:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomson-Top-Up-TV-Freeview/dp/customer-reviews/B000TVHZLC/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_summary?ie=UTF8&customer-reviews.sort%5Fby=-SubmissionDate&showViewpoints=1&customer-reviews.start=1&qid=1209289615&sr=8-1#customerReviews


I just turn on my xbox360 and drown out the noise from the PVR, the TV and the missus:-D
#40
So do you have to subscribe to the anytime top up tv thingy, or can you just use it simply as a freeview recorder?

Thanks in advance!

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