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I bought this Freeview box a couple of weeks ago from John Lewis online using the then existing £10 discount code, plus there is also £5 Quidco showing in my Quidco account, so effectively it has cost £85 delivered. I have found it to be a superb performer.

To qualify for free delivery your order must exceed £100 so I simply added a £1 Acceptance Card to my order (product code 76547001).

With the release of the new £20 discount code (thanks to mpwheatley for finding this), this now becomes an even better deal, as low as £75 delivered (after Quidco).

However, this freeview box has one final, surprising ace up its sleeve! One of the reasons this box is pretty cheap is it is the official TopUpTv freeview recorder. TopupTv is no longer a live service, subscribers get programmes downloaded to their box overnight for them to watch at their leisure. I had absolutely no interest in TopUpTv so deleted all the TUTV stuff from the programme menu, freeing up almost 70 hours of recording capability on the HDD. I am now left with what I consider to be a superb freeview recorder with the all-important ability to record 2 channels at once plus the Sky+-like feature to series link (record multiple episodes of a series automatically). Both these features are very rare on Freeview recorders.

Now here comes the interesting bit! Thanks to poster 37pumpkin for this brilliant idea. If you have no interest in TopupTv, the free trial starter pack that comes with it can be sold on ebay for amounts that seem to vary between £22 and £35 (37pumpkin got a massive £38.50 for his/her starter pack!). This effectively makes this freeview available for a net cost of as little as £40!! And that is IMHO a BILLY BARGAIN!
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#1
Nice one...was umming and ahhing over this for weeks, just bought it for me mum and dad for Christmas for £83.50 delivered...with quidco to come...one day...

bizarre total on the online receipt mind:
Subtotal before delivery charge £139.95
Delivery charge £3.95
Total £143.90
Deduction due to promotion code -£20.00
Deduction due to part/full payment by gift voucher -£40.00
#2
At 80 quid this item is a top buy, ordered 1x, voted ++ & rep given! :thumbsup:
P.S. Congrats to your 1000th post!
#3
Oh, just got my £5 dropped into Quidco as well...

I hope this deal is still possible after I've had a chance to play with it...i might get one too, £78.50 for a 160gb dual-tuner recorder is just stupidly cheap. As long as it's reliable.
#4
Don't forget the potential to sell the TopUpTV Trial pack that arrives with this for anything up to £38.50 on eBay!

(Back to rugby!)

As for the reliability issue, there's a standard 2 year warranty if bought from John Lewis.
#5
Why are people buying the trial pack on ebay? Surely they must have to have a topup capable box in the first place?

Rob
#6
welshblob
Why are people buying the trial pack on ebay? Surely they must have to have a topup capable box in the first place?

Rob


As far as I can see, the free trial pack/card is only available by purchasing the Thomson box. Crazy if true. :thinking:

http://www.topuptv.com/buynow/index.html


Ebay details: mod edit: Sorry, no ebay links allowed



Best price realised there is £31. That would bring the net cost down for this freeview recorder to approx £44!
#8




:-D Absolutely NOT me...but I *think* I know who's posing as me there. He likes a certain US crime series that I've only known females effuse about normally. :p
#9
SevenOfDCup
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I am tempted to buy one of these but I heard the hard disk never switches off which means it could be a bit noisy for a bedroom especially when you are trying to go to sleep. Can anyone confirm this?

If this units' HD is too noisy for you, you can always replace it with a new, more silent one! ;-)
#10
Just a word of warning to people hoping to cash in by selling the Top Up TV Trial Pack, it seems that some of these Thomson PVR's come with the trial included and some do not.
I bought mine via John Lewis as well at roughly the same time as Bellboys but mine did NOT have the starter pack or any mention of it, so bear that in mind, still a very good bargain for the quality of this machine.
#11
SevenOfDCup
I am tempted to buy one of these but I heard the hard disk never switches off. Can anyone confirm this?



Ooohhh, quick edit there! To answer your edited point, I think £38.50 is pushing it, but how about a Buy It Now at £29.99?

http://search-completed.ebay.co.uk/search/search.dll?sofocus=so&sbrftog=1&catref=C6&guest=1&from=R10&_trksid=m37&satitle=TOP+UP+TV+ANYTIME+STARTER+PACK&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D3&sadis=200&fpos=S35+1PP&sabfmts=1&saobfmts=insif&fis=2&ga10244=10425&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1&fsoo=1


And to answer the noise problem, mine is virtually silent (I could have been lucky), my mate's was noisier, but he placed a CD case on the top of it and virtual silence!*


* I take no responsibility for any damage caused by persons attempting this 'fix'. :-D
banned#12
crofter
Just a word of warning to people hoping to cash in by selling the Top Up TV Trial Pack, it seems that some of these Thomson PVR's come with the trial included and some do not.
I bought mine via John Lewis as well at roughly the same time as Bellboys but mine did NOT have the starter pack or any mention of it, so bear that in mind, still a very good bargain for the quality of this machine.


Just had a look at the TopUpTv site and they appear to give out the trial pack for free.

http://www.topup.tv/free_offer.html
#13
SevenOfDCup
Just had a look at the TopUpTv site and they appear to give out the trial pack for free.

http://www.topup.tv/free_offer.html



Yes, if in Crofter's case you already have a Thomson machine with a CAN number. I have to say I find TopupTV's marketing a little baffling. But I thank them for providing me with a superb, cheap freeview recorder when I have no intention of using their service.:p
#14
Can this box be used as a Sky+ replacement? If not is there a box I can buy similar to this to replace my Sky+ box?
#15
richh
Can this box be used as a Sky+ replacement? If not is there a box I can buy similar to this to replace my Sky+ box?

This is a PVR for DVB-T/DTT aka Freeview and will not work on a satellite .

Sky+ requires active subscription to Sky's subscription services (for recording to work) and is for DVB-S for satellite services.

I wish this Thomson had hdmi.
#16
awesome, thanks!
but curiously, I havent received a confirmation email
#17
No no no, don't eBay it...that's a terrible idea...keep it...erm..it makes a nice coaster even if you don't want it!

Only kidding.
I have my topuptv card thing on eBay at the moment, as I bought this a few months ago with the £10 off code but only just got around to baying it. I will let you guys know how much it sells for (hopefully it will end before you all get yours up there :P), don't imagine it will be more than £15 though.
#18
Does it have a USB port?
#19
Quizzy
Does it have a USB port?

Yes it does. The port is powered, but you can`t use it for data extraction at the moment.

Good deal paid £90 from Argos. Used mates Argos discount for the 10% off.
Voted hot.
banned#20
Google for reviews. The box is slated big time and very very noisy and energy inefficient. No good at all for a bedroom.
#21
I love mine couldnt be without it i got it half price at comet for similar price with codes too its great recording 2 things at once and watching something else also say if you are recording emmerdale it will say it is a series and ask you if you want to record the whole series so you dont have to keep setting the recorder :)
#22
Switch harddrives can result in problems later on that might just blow your box
#23
I remember seeing the promo for this and they were selling this box for £179.00 when it came out last year so good price:whistling:
#24
csiman
Google for reviews. The box is slated big time and very very noisy and energy inefficient. No good at all for a bedroom.



Talking nonsense yet again. I'm surprised you haven't posted the HomeCinema review again :whistling: You know, the one you posted in the Wharfedale thread (whilst ignoring the review the Wharfedale/TVOnics got in the same mag that had a lower score than the Thomson :p )

To re-iterate, the one we have is in my son's bedroom and is virtually never even in standby (he records things through the night as well) and is almost silent. We may have been lucky, but I can only post my own experiences...
banned 1 Like #25
google reviews:-

For

[LIST]
[*]Loads of features
[*]Good looking
[*]Time-shifting works well[/LIST]Against

[LIST]
[*]Unreliable performance
[*]Colours lack quality[/LIST]Verdict

The DTI6300-16 has enough features to make it the terrestrial equivalent of a Sky Plus box, but pictures are mediocre



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Lots of bad reviews here:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomson-Top-Up-TV-Plus/dp/customer-reviews/B000TVHZLC

I guess you have just been lucky!
1 Like #26
Maybe so, did you enjoy the last few minutes of the rugby, btw? :giggle:
#27
if i put this in my bedroom which has no aerial socket will it still work with a portable aerial???

i have a built in freeview at the min in my room which works fine but with this havin a dual tuner i was just wondering???
[helper]#28
Tempted by this - thanks to Bellboys and CSIman for the links to reviews...
#29
4 out of 5 in HomeCinemaChoice Review. Tested at £150, this can now be had for as little as £45/£50 if you follow the instructions in the first post. Plus, I'm not sure HCC Mag realised you could delete all the TopUpTv stuff and be left with a 'normal' freeview recorder? Which, to me, is one of the major selling points...

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=7367
#30
OOh. But I assume this can not record from external like all the rest of these flawed beasts?
#31
Great deal:thumbsup:

heat and rep

(and congratulations on becoming a solar flare:-D)
#32
ought
OOh. But I assume this can not record from external like all the rest of these flawed beasts?


Just because it doesn't record from external sources doesn't mean it is flawed. I have a Humax 9200 PVR and wouldn't consider it to be in any way flawed (apart from EPG having to load every time it is switched on). If I want to record from an external source e.g. satellite then I simply record to my DVD recorder.
banned#33
bellboys
Maybe so, did you enjoy the last few minutes of the rugby, btw? :giggle:

Being a South African I enjoyed it immensely watching my boys lift the cup again :-D
#34
I installed one of these for a friend a couple of months ago. Rubbish. It's hard to use and kept crashing. Very poor. I am a computer engineer and I had to call their tech support within 30 mins. I'd avoid like the plague even for £40. I bought a Digihome for my Dad and even though it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, it works and is easy to use.
#35
credington
I installed one of these for a friend a couple of months ago. Rubbish. It's hard to use and kept crashing. Very poor. I am a computer engineer and I had to call their tech support within 30 mins. I'd avoid like the plague even for £40. I bought a Digihome for my Dad and even though it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, it works and is easy to use.



This, if you read most of the user reviews, has been improved immeasurably over the past couple of months by constant firmware (automatic) updates. Like I have said before, I can only comment on my machine (bought approx 3 weeks ago?) and it has been absolutely faultless. But I have nothing to do with the TopupTv nonsense, so maybe that's where the problems are ocurring? Anyway, at this price and bearing in mind the JL 2 year warranty and amazing CS, what's to lose in trying it?
#36
cool. only 4 left. if you have an american express card you can get a 1000 membership points when you spend over £50 at john lewis, think that's worth £5/10.
#37
barneydog
Great deal:thumbsup:

heat and rep

(and congratulations on becoming a solar flare:-D)




Thanks for that :thumbsup:


PS What's a solar flare and is it good to be called one? :? :-D
#38
This is the official TopupTV digital box and I am sure that whatever problems it has, they will be quickly fixed by Thomson since they're getting paid good money for this. Also, the regular price for this digital box is £169, the difference in price is paid by the Topup TV service.

Summary: for less than £80 you are getting a digital box that normaly costs twice that price and is being continually improved by the manufacturer! :thumbsup:
#39
Now Out of Stock so marked expired - but if you want one, keep checking back as there will be more in stock soon if previous experience is anything to go by.
#40
Looks like John Lewis sold a lot of these in the last 24hours. I wonder why? ;-)

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