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Thompson digital TV recorder with Top-Up for more TV programme choice. Featuring a 160GB hard drive, twin tuner allowing you to watch one channel while recording another and the facility to pause live TV.

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Hard drive: 160 GB 7 day EPG: 7 days Pause live TV: Yes Brand: THOMSON
: 18 / 17.3watts Power consumption, in use/standby

THIS IS A TWIN TUNER RECORDER WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO RECORD 2 CHANNELS AT THE SAME TIME!

There were some software issues with the item but new (2.88) software was released last week which seems to have sorted most issues!

SETANTA COMPATIBLE!

Also, this PVR has a true series link.
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#1
My comments on the Argos deal further down also apply to this one since it is the same set! It is basically a VERY NOISY recorder but if you can live with that, it's fine.
#2
pet2000
...It is basically a VERY NOISY recorder but if you can live with that, it's fine.


I got one of these from John Lewis recently and they ARE not noisy at all. I guess it all depends on what batch you get...
Highly recommended btw, and works perfectly!
Voted ++ :thumbsup:
#3
pet2000
My comments on the Argos deal further down also apply to this one since it is the same set! It is basically a VERY NOISY recorder but if you can live with that, it's fine.


Have to admit mine wasn't the quietest thing in the world (had one for a few months) until i moved it from it's own shelf on the glass stand and sat it on top of my XBOX, much quieter now.

They seem very prone to vibration which makes them noisy.
#4
Plus Quidco cashback
"3.5% for sales, now includes click and collect purchases"
#5
Keep checking John Lewis online, surely they are under presure to reduce their 'starting price' on this box now. Make the order up to £100 and use the £20 Telegraph discount code and Robert's yer mothers' brother.

PS Mine's very quiet indeed. Could be some truth in the vibration theory, my mate's box was noisier than mine but he solved it by placing an (empty) CD case on the top of his. I kid you not. Seriously, where else for £80 could you get a DVR with all the brilliant features this box has?
#6
Ah yes!

I'd forgotten about that, i'm not a Quidco user!

Thanks for the tip.
banned#7
Avoid this at all costs. It is a really bad HDD recorder. We gave up after the third time of having problems with it and exchanging it. Eventually John Lewis gave us a full refund after admiting to us that there was quite a lot of customers returning these. On calling the Thomson helpline the guy I spoke to told me that there was a software problem with these models and they were trying to solve it. So dont waste your money buying this rubbish.
#8
Just because you have had a bad time with this box, doesn't mean to say others will. We've had our box for 6 weeks now and it has been absolutely faultless. Did you manange to get all the relevant downloads to the box from Thomson? (I believe some people who don't get all the muxes struggle with these). And were you using the TUTV service? I know some people have experienced problems using it, but I bought the box purely as a freeview recorder and have no interest in TUTV, thankfully...
banned#9
bellboys
Just because you have had a bad time with this box, doesn't mean to say others will. We've had our box for 6 weeks now and it has been absolutely faultless. Did you manange to get all the relevant downloads to the box from Thomson? (I believe some people who don't get all the muxes struggle with these). And were you using the TUTV service? I know some people have experienced problems using it, but I bought the box purely as a freeview recorder and have no interest in TUTV, thankfully...



My brother and two of my friends also had the same problems with this box and have since returned them so I think that speaks for it's self. Just wait your problems will start soon. Have you tried to fast forward it up to 64 yet? It will also freeze up and will become non responsive to your remote. When that happens you need to turn it off at the mains leave it for a min then turn it back on again. Sometimes you then have to reset the whole thing up again. That is just a couple of the faults this model has. So as I say anyone thinking of buying this be warned they are rubbish. Pay a bit extra and get a decent one. We bought the Humax one which to be fair is double the price but as they say you only get what you pay for.
#10
So far so good. No problems to report and firmware is now at 2.88. Got mine from JL and it's not noisy at all. Best £80 I've spent in ages.
#11
I've had one of these for about 6 months now. No problems whatsoever, not noisey at all. I don't know what people's problems are with this box, maybe they have had bad experiences.

Mine has been perfect so far :thumbsup:

Great price for a 160GB Twin Tuner PVR, decent RGB picture to.
#12
How do you get the software update on this PVR does it come over the digital signal?
#13
Good points of this box

Twin Recorder
Good remote
May get a TUTV card included which you can sell on
Low Price

Bad points

Noise (May be fixable)
Ocassionally Crashes
Hard disk never switches off so it does clock up a fair bit of electricity
#14
Check out http://www.psionet.co.uk/ for more details.
#15
ianrobertson01
My brother and two of my friends also had the same problems with this box and have since returned them so I think that speaks for it's self. Just wait your problems will start soon. Have you tried to fast forward it up to 64 yet? It will also freeze up and will become non responsive to your remote. When that happens you need to turn it off at the mains leave it for a min then turn it back on again. Sometimes you then have to reset the whole thing up again. That is just a couple of the faults this model has. So as I say anyone thinking of buying this be warned they are rubbish. Pay a bit extra and get a decent one. We bought the Humax one which to be fair is double the price but as they say you only get what you pay for.


my mum has had one from launch,,,,,12mths and non stop problems... freezing... ff/rw problems... plus more problems

Top Up TV checked all the software and settings but to no avail.

she is elderly so has (amazingly) put up with them but now I have made her report to TUTV who currently have it.
#16
we have a sony one, cost £250, and that has issues too.

I think its the general thing with these types of recorders, they are modernish technology, perhaps not being so frantic and wanting the super-high speed fast forwarding etc might help.

they dont like being turned on and off a lot, they like to be left on, and then they operate at a reasonable speed and dont crash as much.

The problem is people turning them on and off and using them like a tape-playe, which they are not, they need to boot up etc etc.
#17
I think it is just luck of the draw with these machines.I got one last week and the only problem i've had is one failed recording before the firmware upgraded to 2.88 a couple of days ago,since then it's been fine.

I am not even supposed to be able to receive freeview where i live yet so one failed recording using only a bog standard aerial makes it a nice piece of kit in my opinion!
#18
I have a feeling the problems are mainly caused by the thing it's supposed to have been made for - TUTV! As we had no interest in TUTV we sold the card and free trial voucher for £20+ on ebay. All I can recount is my own experiences and so far it's been absolutely superb (eespecially at a net cost of £57!!) and I reckon the Robertson family have been unbelievably unlucky (or using TUTV). Whatever, we bought from John Lewis and have a 2 year warranty on it as standard so we are more than happy with our purchase.


PS It seems like EVERY DVR on the market currently has certain 'issues', you only have to put the model into google followed by +problem to see what I mean. This is new technology.
#19
There was one of these for sale on ebay the other day which had been upgraded to 320gb,anyone else see it?
#20
How much did it go for? Having said that, personally I'm happy enough with 70hrs worth of recording and, judging by some other people's experiences I'm not going to invalidate the 2 years warranty, lol.
#21
Same price at argos but you get £5 voucher too....or possibly £10 ;)
#22
bellboys
How much did it go for? Having said that, personally I'm happy enough with 70hrs worth of recording and, judging by some other people's experiences I'm not going to invalidate the 2 years warranty, lol.


It went for £75 + £10 postage.

Yes i agree with you, i think 70 hours of recording time is quite enough but it's handy to know it is possible to upgrade.

Saying that - who knows what sort of problems you could end up with by upgrading.
banned#23
I was literally putting my hand in my pocket (for my wallet!) then I saw the electricity usage, 17.3 watts on standby? bloody hell.
#24
Anarchist
I was literally putting my hand in my pocket (for my wallet!) then I saw the electricity usage, 17.3 watts on standby? bloody hell.


Rumour has it Thomson are looking to address this 'problem' with a future firmware update which allows the fan and HDD to power down totally in standby. Only a rumour though. Plus, like I said earlier, our box cost a net £57 after we'd sold the TUTV pack that came with it. We can put up with a slightly increased leccy bill in the meantime. And I'm one of the conspiracy theoruist that genuinely believes 'human-caused' gloabal warming is a fallacy designed to keep the Third World where is it now, lol, so no lectures about leccy wastages, please. (apparently Al Gore's gas and leccy bills last year put him in the top 5% of users in his county. Hypocrite? Of course, don't forget he used to be a politician).
#25
Anarchist
I was literally putting my hand in my pocket (for my wallet!) then I saw the electricity usage, 17.3 watts on standby? bloody hell.


Yeh when you look at the cost in electricity it makes you wonder how they have the cheek to call it freeview!
#26
It's 30p/week tops, chaps.
#27
bellboys
It's 30p/week tops, chaps.


Only messing about, not the best of jokes but i could'nt resist it!
#28
superal
Same price at argos but you get £5 voucher too....or possibly £10 ;)



cat no please?

Found it with search
#29
I'm taking mine back tomorrow, This thing makes so much noise, and now, after the update yesterday, it's saying I need a subcription to record, pause live tv ect! I never intended to use the top tv and would never have bought the box if I had know that you need to subcribe to use all the features! I feel sorry for everyone who has sold their cards!
#30
xxxxLucy_Louxxxx
I'm taking mine back tomorrow, This thing makes so much noise, and now, after the update yesterday, it's saying I need a subcription to record, pause live tv ect! I never intended to use the top tv and would never have bought the box if I had know that you need to subcribe to use all the features! I feel sorry for everyone who has sold their cards!



Oh poo, I just tried to pause mine on live TV and it doesn't work...just an exclamation mark comes up, is that really why it won't? If so it looks like mine is going back also, I have unfortunately been having problems with it any way, it crashed at least 50% of the time that I try to use the library for more than a moment (aka looking through my list, trying to delete more than one thing etc).
#31
superal
Same price at argos but you get £5 voucher too....or possibly £10 ;)


It says £89.99 for me

cat no. [COLOR=black]5321227[/COLOR]
#32
I have one of these, bought it 2 weeks ago from John Lewis from the post on these very forums, I must be a lucky one as mine is virtually silent, and compared to the Sky HD box I have its much better !! surprises me as they are both Thompson made ?!?

Upgraded the firmware to 2.88 and it's not missed a thing.....

It gets a thumbs up from me.....if your lucky enought to get a quiet one that is :oops:
banned#33
Starlet
Oh poo, I just tried to pause mine on live TV and it doesn't work...just an exclamation mark comes up, is that really why it won't? If so it looks like mine is going back also, I have unfortunately been having problems with it any way, it crashed at least 50% of the time that I try to use the library for more than a moment (aka looking through my list, trying to delete more than one thing etc).



No, don't worry i had one of these and mine did that the first time i ever tried to pause live tv.

If you record something on it initially then the pause funcion starts to work. It must just be some type of initializing.
#34
I were in Comet just the other day and were told that from all the stock of these that they sold they got more than half of these back as faulty units. So beware Comet may have had a big faulty batch which they are now trying to get rid of.
#35
Remember that the majority aren't faulty and there's very few hardware faults with them.

Bare in mind they ship with v2.00 software, which is awful!
#36
anyone have a view on how sensitive the tuners are in this - i.e. how good a signal they need to give good performance??

cheers, dan
#37
My experience is they work with a pretty poor signal - I've heard of people running them off internal ariels! Having said that, there are also people who claim that this is rubbish unless you have a STRONG signal. Some say it's massively noisy, others (me included) it's actually very quiet etc etc. Maybe the batches of these have variable quality? I genuinely don't know...
#38
cheers for the info bellboys ;-)

anyone know what's comet's returns policy is like for these PVR's? i.e. if i bought but then couldn't get it working with my signal cold i get a full refund???
#39
dt_matthews
cheers for the info bellboys ;-)

anyone know what's comet's returns policy is like for these PVR's? i.e. if i bought but then couldn't get it working with my signal cold i get a full refund???




Personally, if you have a John Lewis nearby, I would go for one of these from their online store. With Quidco and the £20 Telegraph discount voucher, works out at £75 delivered - JL give a 2 year warranty as standard and their CS, IME, is second to none.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106812&highlight=thomson
#40
xxxxLucy_Louxxxx
I'm taking mine back tomorrow, This thing makes so much noise, and now, after the update yesterday, it's saying I need a subcription to record, pause live tv ect! I never intended to use the top tv and would never have bought the box if I had know that you need to subcribe to use all the features! I feel sorry for everyone who has sold their cards!


Apparently with the new software if you have an unsubscribed topuptv card in the slot then it will tell you to subscribe. Remove it and it should work ok assuming this is the problem you encountered.

I can confirm that my box which I've had for a week and a half now is quiet and works fairly well in my weak signal area. Yes there are a few bugs but they do seem to be getting sorted out.

Rob

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