Thomson DTI 6300-16 Freeview recorder 160GB £50 instore @ ASDA - HotUKDeals
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Dual tuner digital freeview recorder with 160GB hard drive, I've just picked one up from ASDA in Kirkcaldy. It also includes "1 month free trial of Top Up TV favourites and movies and 6 months of Setanta Sports free".


Technical Details

* 160GB hard disk drive
* Manufactured by Thomson
* Digital Tuner/Freeview
* Freeview+
* Record up to 120 hours of programmes
* Pause and rewind Live TV
* 14 day TV Guide
* Simple Installation
* 2 x scart socket
* 1 x remote control



Product Description
THOMSON DTI6300 TOPUPTV ANYTIME PVR The Top Up TV+ box is one of the best Freeview* Digital TV Recorders (DTRs) available. In addition to the Freeview* channels, it's simple to use with features that will change the way you watch TV. With the 14 day TV guide you can see what's on at the touch of a button, recording programmes couldn't be easier without tapes or disks and you can even pause live TV. Top Up TV+ offers a new way of watching TV. Not only can you can watch, pause, rewind and record all the standard Freeview* channels like BBC ONE and Film4, Top Up TV+ gives you access to more TV choice with Top Up TV Anytime. In addition to Freeview*, Top Up TV Anytime brings you over 600 programmes a month from Pay-TV channels to watch when you want to. Programmes appear automatically on your box every day to start and stop at your say-so. *Freeview is a separate free digital TV service which does not require a monthly subscription. Freeview is not operated by Top Up TV Europe Limited.
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#1
Why all the colds, this looks a pretty good buy???
#2
why cold?
looks like a good deal.
#3
I expect it is from the bad user reviews, seems like most suffer the boxes freezing, meaning you have to cycle the power and reboot! Neither hot or cold from me as good price for the spec but in life doesn't live up to the idea.
#4
think we first saw same product from same vendor here on HUKD about 5 weeks ago.
lots of negative comments, but would suggest that if you get a good one it will be fine (just like any other questionable product!).
#5
By all accounts you maybe better spending a little more, more reliable and bigger hard drive...
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-0942.aspx

Get this one for £72. there is tesco code for £6 0ff maybe more look here:
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1322389&page=4
#6
Good value if it works.
#7
Had one for three months. Works well but is powered all the time and is rather NOISEY.
#8
I've not used anything like that before and I can't believe how convenient it is. It updated its firmware shortly after set up and it doesn't show any signs of instability, but that's just 2 days so far. More than happy so far.
#9
repeat:

same item
same price
same vendor
from previous HUKD post 5 weeks ago.
banned#10
Flipd;4987998
repeat:

same item
same price
same vendor
from previous HUKD post 5 weeks ago.

and your point is?

it is allowed to re-post deals after they are 4 weeks old. Good way of getting rep up lol
#11
csiman
and your point is?

it is allowed to re-post deals after they are 4 weeks old. Good way of getting rep up lol


no problem to explain point by expanding on my previous post:

gain an increased perception of this product and deal via:
same item
same price
same vendor
from previous HUKD post 5 weeks ago.
#12
In case it helps someone else decide...

I got one of these a year ago. It was rubbish. Needed a 'strong' signal to work at all
and when it did work it failed to pick up Virgin1.
I took it back.

Decided to try out a refurbed one and it worked so well I bought a second.

It helps that ASDA are very good with returns. However, I'm not sure if these have
a 6 mth or 1 year warranty. On the box it says 6 mth but in store I was told
1year so long as you keep the receipt.
But for £50 well worth a try.
#13
I got a Alba one from argos for about £86.86 pence!. It's the first pvr i have had. It's great!. You should get one.
You just click `guide` choose what to record, and thats it. It's 7 day programme guide. You can also record all of a series. You can record something whilst watching something back :-D
#14
..hint, I used to see LOADS of these come through the local auction rooms from Argos etc, the freeze on them is a pain!
#15
Its A good deal BUT it is A PI$$ poor machine took mine back dead after 9 months of use you also don't get to use the full 160gb either it only allows you to use 70gb the rest is used for TopupTV.
banned#16
Wonder how long it will be before someone spams 'Humax' :\
#17
Bought one of these few months ago when Asda had them on offer. Read all the negatives but decided it was worth a go. Have had no problems at all, in fact going to buy another. Have Sony DVD recorder and have had more problems that so going to replace it with Thomson box!!! Excellent buy, but maybe I got a good one!
#18
bought one a week ago
its excellent and great value
not had any freezing or probs at all
also cant hear it
its not quite as good as sky+ but for £50 compared to £25 for a standard freeview I am well chuffed
#19
These boxes are terrible - DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! On paper they may well be feature rich, but they'll lock up on a regular basis and continually fail to record programmes. I've known two people that bought these boxes and had no end of trouble. They're this cheap for a reason...
#20
FUZZCHOPZ
Its A good deal BUT it is A PI$$ poor machine took mine back dead after 9 months of use you also don't get to use the full 160gb either it only allows you to use 70gb the rest is used for TopupTV.


Delete the TUTV channels and you get loads more storage space to use.
#21
:Good Deal compared to what i paid but ,it is the worst and most irritating bit of kit i have ever owned Some reviews may be ok here but maybe the hard drive hasnt crashed yet ,when its full of favorite programs ..:x
#22
£50 seems like a bargain, shame its made by thomson though

hot never the less
#23
Had one of these for a couple of years. Yes they are not perfect but I don't think any make of pvr is actually perfect. Think of it as quirky :lol You will get most of the disk space by deselecting the Top up TV option in the menu's.
I couldn't live without one now!



Edit: over the years I have had to reformat the drive twice I think and lose unwatched stuff but so do Sky+ punters and they pay a fortune every month!

Lets face it your PC hard drive gets so slow and unreliable after a while and you buy a new one.

Edit again: Unless you want to subscribe to TopupTV don't bother with the free trials as you will encounter hassle when trying to cancel it before you are charged. Invariably it will cost you a couple of months subscriptions, especially the Setanta trial.
#24
We are on our second box thing now and having problems again But, it works much better if tipped down the side of the t.v. Found this out thanks to the kids !!

But really what other products are out there that do the same job -I am not very clued in with all this stuff ?
#25
Just to let you guys know I have had 5 Thomson skyhd boxes in the space of 10 months. They are useless. I have finally got a different brand from them now. Here's hoping this one lasts longer. Has put me off Thomson for life though!!
#26
My friends got 2 thomson boxes one has a noisy fan the other is ok. I have changed the capacitors in both now and put a 400gb hard drive in one of them. We also have another at work. The other day 2 out of the three boxes locked up. We had to format both of them losing all the recordings, apparently dodgy updates are responsible. These boxes are cheap and if that's what you can afford or you don't want to spend much they are great. If you don't want to lose recordings and want something more reliable get a humax or topfield (I have a 1tb drive in mine with all my cds and photos on)
#27
sbgirl
But really what other products are out there that do the same job -I am not very clued in with all this stuff ?


There are plenty of products that do a similar thing, but is there anything that does it for the same price?

I got this for the outlaw as she wanted series link which didn't even hint at working (think thats a freeview signal issue though) so it went back. I'm now considering SAT/FreeSat options but the Foxsat PVR is £250+
#28
winchman
By all accounts you maybe better spending a little more, more reliable and bigger hard drive...
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-0942.aspx

Get this one for £72. there is tesco code for £6 0ff maybe more look here:
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1322389&page=4


Bigger hard drive, true (not that I'd really use much bigger than 160GB just for SD freeview) but how much better or more reliable for that much more? Reevoos on that one have frequent comments like "regually freezes. very noisy hard drive runs even when on stand by. would not buy this product again.." similar to the comments on this one.

I'm looking for a replacement for Virgin Media M TV with V+ box for recording and HD (I can live without the HD, VM have hardly any anyway), to see if I can save that daft £5 per month and a bit more because I don't want a landline telephone... but can't see anything that comes close to the quality of it for a low price!

Guess I'll keep the cable TV... don't want series link not working or the box to just stop recording or loud hard drive on standby while not recording or anything like that just to save a couple of quid (if that) over the entire year, and these hardly seem high enough quality to look at as an investment over more than a year!
#29
Bought one of these for my mum, the box would regularly lock up, frequently miss programme recordings and misreport the amount of free space left (telling us we had no space left after only 10 hours of recordings).

Oh, and the adverts for Topup tv/Satanta were also a PITA.

I took the Thomson back to Argos after five months, and had no problem getting my money back, then bought a Sagem, which has a whole new set of problems, but at least they're fixable by an OTA update.
#30
aahhaa;5267120
Bigger hard drive, true (not that I'd really use much bigger than 160GB just for SD freeview) but how much better or more reliable for that much more? Reevoos on that one have frequent comments like "regually freezes. very noisy hard drive runs even when on stand by. would not buy this product again.." similar to the comments on this one.

I'm looking for a replacement for Virgin Media M TV with V+ box for recording and HD (I can live without the HD, VM have hardly any anyway), to see if I can save that daft £5 per month and a bit more because I don't want a landline telephone... but can't see anything that comes close to the quality of it for a low price!

Guess I'll keep the cable TV... don't want series link not working or the box to just stop recording or loud hard drive on standby while not recording or anything like that just to save a couple of quid (if that) over the entire year, and these hardly seem high enough quality to look at as an investment over more than a year!

humax pvr-9150t fits the bill perfectly. around £120.
#31
btw, this deal is over a month old so does it even exist anymore?
#32
Guys,
I spotted these a few weeks back in my local Asda and I was quite tempted. It was only when I looked at the pile of machines at the end of one of the aisles that I spotted the "refurbished" stickers on the sides of the boxes.
I can't vouch for any stores other than the one at The Jewel in Edinburgh, but I'd advise you to check first.
#33
xfield
These boxes are terrible - DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! On paper they may well be feature rich, but they'll lock up on a regular basis and continually fail to record programmes. I've known two people that bought these boxes and had no end of trouble. They're this cheap for a reason...


Had one of these and it was great while it worked, although it would freeze regularly. I went to use it one day (about 14 months after purchase) and the 'red light of death' was illuminated and no matter what I tried, I could not get it to work again.
I now have an additinal 160 GB drive in my computer that I removed from the unit and the rest of it was scrapped several months ago.

Ironically I received a mailing from Thomson last week advising how to reset the box when the box displays the symptoms that mine did before canabilising it. I don't know if it would have solved the problem, but it's too late now to know (or care).

I replaced it with a Humax in November last year and to date has been 100% reliable with no lock ups and almost instant deletion of unwanted recordings (the Thomson took forever to delete).
#34
Took mine back to Asda because of the unbearable fan noise and freezing, got a Wharfedale from Argos with double the hard drive size for the same price and no fan noise!
#35
Dont buy it !!!!! - my mother in law had one for 3 months allways crashed and if a signal problem it locked up also. Bought a Topfield 5800 same aerial no problems at all. You get what you pay for.
#36
Please check whether a deal still exists before voting hot! This is a cheap bit of kit with a noisy fan and permanently draws 20w or so of power. If you're lucky you'll get one that works. If you're even luckier you won't get one :whistling:
#37
I wouldn't have one of these for free, Went through 4 of these just before xmas they are a nightmare with freezing crashing etc.
#38
I bought a Topfield 5800, put Mystuff on it and have virtually bulletproof series links (padding instead of OTA signals), and a reliable quiet machine. These really are worth paying the extra for.
#39
Don't buy it, it's rubbish.
I've had 2 of them and I've now moved to Humax.

Good functionality, but absolutely pathetic reliability. We had to reboot ours every day at least due to hanging. Then go back and reset up all the stuff we wanted to record.

Might be cheap, but spend the money and get a decent one.
#40
Cozworth806;5267936
I bought a Topfield 5800, put Mystuff on it and have virtually bulletproof series links (padding instead of OTA signals), and a reliable quiet machine. These really are worth paying the extra for.

yep. or a humax.

this 'deal' really is a case of buy cheap, buy 4 times. Unless you're incredibly lucky or easily pleased :-D

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