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Thomson DTI 6300-16 160gb hard disk freeview recorder with topup tv facility. One left in Abertillery. Watch out that the one you get off the shelf is the 160gb version as the 250gb version is about £90. Went hot on here when it was £50 at Asda but this will probably go cold due to limited availability - but a good deal if you can find one anyway.
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#1
hot if you can get it.
#2
Brilliant deal if you can find one!
#3
I've got one and its incredably unrelieable, starting recording late EVERYTIME sometimes 45 mins into a hour program.
#4
absolute pile of **** avoid at all costs just need to google to see how unreliable they are
#5
Cold as these are absolute rubbbish! :x

If you buy it and sign up for a free trial of top up tv .. This piece of crap will miss half of your scheduled recordings!

I sold both of them on eBay shortly after purchasing them for £79.99 each from Tesco last year.

Even in standby mode their Hard Drive's remain powered on.

The ONLY plus side of that ... is that the EPG is populated until disconnected from the mains supply.

Unlike most PVR's which take a few minutes to populate the EPG when powered up from standby mode.

You can't free up much of the HD's partion space dedicated for top up tv recordings.

Okay as a cheap Freeview receiver and for manual recording .. but not recommended at all!

Buy a Humax. :thumbsup:
#6
gardner1
absolute pile of **** avoid at all costs just need to google to see how unreliable they are


You are correct my friend. :thumbsup:
#7
t4v
I've got one and its incredably unrelieable, starting recording late EVERYTIME sometimes 45 mins into a hour program.


Absolutely correct. :-D
#8
andrewr
Brilliant deal if you can find one!


NO ... you really don't want to find one! :w00t:

In fact consider yourself very LUCKY if you just missed the last one on the shelf! :thumbsup:
#9
awoodhall2003
hot if you can get it.


Oh really .. :w00t:
#10
All you poor souls thinking this is a good buy if only you can find one - 30 Quid is 30 quid too much, it's not as if the Hard disk in it is worth saving for anything else even! :-(
#11
nihcaj
All you poor souls thinking this is a good buy if only you can find one - 30 Quid is 30 quid too much, it's not as if the Hard disk in it is worth saving for anything else even! :-(


Very true ... as one would expect with the HD capacity .... the HD has an IDE interface.

But I must say the remote control was really quite a nice piece of kit. :thinking: .....

.... Shame about the hardware it controlled! :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:
#12
Spend 2p more and you can get a crate of beer or cider for £5!!
#13
timhill3
Spend 2p more and you can get a crate of beer or cider for £5!!


:-D
#14
Omegacdx;6210278
Oh really .. :w00t:

well on spec it sounds like a deal...but after hearing peoples reviews clearly not!

I wouldnt get one even if i saw one anyways as ive got built in freeview on the tv and not too bothered about recording as if i miss anything iplayer,4od etc all stream through the ps3 :thumbsup:
#15
Total rubbish these. I had two. Both had to go back due to recording problems. Machine would record a program and then delete it. DO NOT BUY.
#16
awoodhall2003
well on spec it sounds like a deal...but after hearing peoples reviews clearly not!

I wouldnt get one even if i saw one anyways as ive got built in freeview on the tv and not too bothered about recording as if i miss anything iplayer,4od etc all stream through the ps3 :thumbsup:



Agree my friend .. spec looks good .. but always check before you buy! ;-)
suspended#17
I have one and I've never found it to be as bad as reviews suggest - needs the odd power cycle now and again but it's always been VERY accurate with recorder timings etc.

You CAN free up ALL of the HDD space if you turn off all of the TUTV stuff - I've done it.

£30? I'll buy another for a bedroom.
#18
Kiltox
I have one and I've never found it to be as bad as reviews suggest - needs the odd power cycle now and again but it's always been VERY accurate with recorder timings etc.

You CAN free up ALL of the HDD space if you turn off all of the TUTV stuff - I've done it.

£30? I'll buy another for a bedroom.


Good for you ... buy that extra one for the bedroom. :whistling: One less for sale. :-D

NOT TRUE ...

You CAN'T free up ALL the reserved partition space for top up tv .. even if you delete all the top up tv channels!

160GB HD formatted and used in a PVR in SD should give you up to 100 hrs of recording time ..

Exactly how much time or space do you have free on your original 160GB HD?

I'll give you a clue .. it's nowhere near 100 hrs.
#19
Desert Reds
Total rubbish these. I had two. Both had to go back due to recording problems. Machine would record a program and then delete it. DO NOT BUY.


Oh go on .. buy another .. help Tesco clear their shelves of crap PVR's .. even if it's just for the bedroom! :-D

Double ClubCard points too .. Go on you know you want to really! :whistling:
#20
Peeps must be voting this HOT without reading any comments. :w00t:
suspended#21
Omegacdx
Good for you ... buy that extra one for the bedroom. :whistling: One less for sale. :-D

NOT TRUE ...

You CAN'T free up ALL the reserved partition space for top up tv .. even if you delete all the top up tv channels!

160GB HD formatted and used in a PVR in SD should give you up to 100 hrs of recording time ..

Exactly how much time or space do you have free on your original 160GB HD?

I'll give you a clue .. it's nowhere near 100 hrs.


Gives me 80 hours which I think is close enough...........
#22
Kiltox
Gives me 80 hours which I think is close enough...........


So I WAS correct when I said you can't free up all the HD space as top up tv retains 20% of available space.

So what you are saying is .. if one pays for example 100 cigarettes ..

Get home and open the packets and find that each pack of 20 has in fact only 15 cigarettes in it ..

80 cigarettes will be alright as YOU should think it's close enough!

Your 20% out mate.

Because you CAN'T recover 100% of the HD space top up tv has been allocated in this made for top up tv PVR.

It would be helpful to all if your checked your facts before making comments about my correct statement about the capacity of the HD available if not using top up tv.

PS .. Just like SKY+ if you unsubscribe from top up tv .. you will no longer be able to view previously recorded programs when your subscrition is cancelled.

That's if your top up tv recording actually worked!
suspended#23
Omegacdx
So I WAS correct when I said you can't free up all the HD space as top up tv retains 20% of available space.


Well - 100 hours in your analysis of what a 160gb HDD can do isn't necessarily gospel - assuming it uses a few gigs for firmware, updates and EPG.

80 hours recording for 30 quid?
banned#24
This thing sounds as bad as a Sky+ box!
#25
nihcaj
All you poor souls thinking this is a good buy if only you can find one - 30 Quid is 30 quid too much, it's not as if the Hard disk in it is worth saving for anything else even! :-(


thankfully I was given the 250 gb one and after a month of freezing, missed and or deleted recordings I could stand no more, took the thing apart, bought an ide to sata adaptor and stuck the hardrive into my pc.

about the only use these things have, avoid if you want to watch and or record tv.
#26
Kiltox
Well - 100 hours in your analysis of what a 160gb HDD can do isn't necessarily gospel - assuming it uses a few gigs for firmware, updates and EPG.

80 hours recording for 30 quid?
When it works .. :whistling:

Well any PVR for sale in the high street now will quote 320GB as up to 200 hrs SD recording space available.

If you don't subscribe to top up tv .. you still can't use 100% of the available 160GB HD space as you suggested.
#27
dunfyboy
This thing sounds as bad as a Sky+ box!


Only to be expected .. it's a THOMSON .. just like their rubbish SKY + BOXES!
#28
ants97
thankfully I was given the 250 gb one and after a month of freezing, missed and or deleted recordings I could stand no more, took the thing apart, bought an ide to sata adaptor and stuck the hardrive into my pc.

about the only use these things have, avoid if you want to watch and or record tv.


Agreed!
#29
I was putting up with the power cycle thing now and then on my 250 box, and the beast was faithfully recording The Wire on Beeb2 until one day I opened up my email to find this:

"Dear Customer,

During the past few days we have been made aware of an issue affecting a number of our customers with a Thomson DTi6300 box. Customers have been experiencing problems with their box failing to come out of standby mode and typically showing a constant amber light on the front panel.

This fault is due to a broadcast issue which has led to a corrupt file being loaded onto the hard disk.

Only Thomson DTi6300 boxes have been affected. If you have been experiencing problems of this nature first of all try switching your box off at the wall and leave for twenty seconds. If this does not work, please try the following procedure...

Please note this will unfortunately cause recordings in your programme library to be lost which we’re very sorry about. You may have to try this procedure a few times in order to resolve the issue as it requires complete attention and precise timing.

1. Disconnect the power supply from the unit by removing the power cable from the back of the box.

2. Wait 20 seconds and then put the power cable back in while pressing the 'standby/power on' button repeatedly on the front panel of the box (this is the button on the far right of the box ).

3. Release the standby button as soon as you see a light flash on the front of your box and then immediately press the arrow buttons on the front panel quickly and in the following sequence: Up, Down, Left, Right (please note this is not the order the arrow buttons appear on the box).

4. Your box should then show the amber light with the green light flashing until the disk re-format has been completed which will take around 60 seconds. The box should return to a solid red light (standby) automatically. If after 2 minutes your box still does not display a solid red light, please repeat steps 1-4.

5. When you return to the TV GUIDE screen, you will now need to scan for channels to restore your Top Up TV channel logos. To do this, please select Option 4 (set-up) from the Main Menu, followed by option 1 (scan for channels).

6. IMPORTANT: Once you have completed your channel scan, you will need to select option 5 from the Main Menu (Choose your channels) to re-select all those channel providers you would like Top Up TV to download shows from.

We’re really sorry if you have been affected by this issue and greatly regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

If you’re continuing to experience problems with your Thomson box, please email us at [email protected]">[email protected] (quoting 'BROADCAST' in the subject line) together with your contact details and we will get one of our customer service representatives to call you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience. [REALLY?]

Yours sincerely," blah blah blah.

PANTS. Lost all my recordings in one fell swoop. Gutted.
#30
Toecutter
I was putting up with the power cycle thing now and then on my 250 box, and the beast was faithfully recording The Wire on Beeb2 until one day I opened up my email to find this:

"Dear Customer,

During the past few days we have been made aware of an issue affecting a number of our customers with a Thomson DTi6300 box. Customers have been experiencing problems with their box failing to come out of standby mode and typically showing a constant amber light on the front panel.

This fault is due to a broadcast issue which has led to a corrupt file being loaded onto the hard disk.

Only Thomson DTi6300 boxes have been affected. If you have been experiencing problems of this nature first of all try switching your box off at the wall and leave for twenty seconds. If this does not work, please try the following procedure...

Please note this will unfortunately cause recordings in your programme library to be lost which we’re very sorry about. You may have to try this procedure a few times in order to resolve the issue as it requires complete attention and precise timing.

1. Disconnect the power supply from the unit by removing the power cable from the back of the box.

2. Wait 20 seconds and then put the power cable back in while pressing the 'standby/power on' button repeatedly on the front panel of the box (this is the button on the far right of the box ).

3. Release the standby button as soon as you see a light flash on the front of your box and then immediately press the arrow buttons on the front panel quickly and in the following sequence: Up, Down, Left, Right (please note this is not the order the arrow buttons appear on the box).

4. Your box should then show the amber light with the green light flashing until the disk re-format has been completed which will take around 60 seconds. The box should return to a solid red light (standby) automatically. If after 2 minutes your box still does not display a solid red light, please repeat steps 1-4.

5. When you return to the TV GUIDE screen, you will now need to scan for channels to restore your Top Up TV channel logos. To do this, please select Option 4 (set-up) from the Main Menu, followed by option 1 (scan for channels).

6. IMPORTANT: Once you have completed your channel scan, you will need to select option 5 from the Main Menu (Choose your channels) to re-select all those channel providers you would like Top Up TV to download shows from.

We’re really sorry if you have been affected by this issue and greatly regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

If you’re continuing to experience problems with your Thomson box, please email us at [email protected]">[email protected] (quoting 'BROADCAST' in the subject line) together with your contact details and we will get one of our customer service representatives to call you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience. [REALLY?]

Yours sincerely," blah blah blah.

PANTS. Lost all my recordings in one fell swoop. Gutted.


I TOO remember all that hassle ...

Just as well I had my Humax 9200T's doing my Freeview recordings at the time!

Top up tv is pants anyway ..
Recording old TV programs over-night to watch within a limited time period .. if you keep up your subscription:!:

When is a £29.98 bargain not a bargain?

When it's £29.98 spent on an OBSOLETE Thomson DTI 6300-16 160GB hard disk freeview recorder with topup tv facility including double Tesco Clubcard points! :w00t:
#31
Had 3 of these boxes and not because they're any good. TopUp TV offered to repair them but never even showed for the collection so I've given up!!!! Stick with the PS3 if you've one or a Topview recorder
#32
Have to agree with everyone,bought one and it was proper sh** ,eventually returned it to asda for a refund
#33
Had one of these for a while now, using it as a backup machine. Can't say I dislike the box and to my knowledge it's never missed a recording and is actually very handy for series link.

Had to go through the reformat procedure as described here a while ago but that' s the only problem I've had. I'd say the user interface isn't as friendly as it should be and the machine is a little noisy even on standby but it doesn't bother me.

It doesn't seem to delete old recordings automatically so the HDD gets full easily when you've done a few series links.

At 30 quid I say it's a useful buy for a basic PVR; never bothered with TUTV side of it so can't comment on that.
#34
Thomson USED to make good PVRs. for example, they made the DHD4000 which was an excellent box at the time and is still better than a lot of modern boxes.

They then shut their Welsh factory and moved manufacture and development abroad. It's at that point Thomson PVRs went crap.
#35
Omegacdx;6210676
Peeps must be voting this HOT without reading any comments. :w00t:


as if anyone would do such a thing! :whistling:
#36
nihcaj
as if anyone would do such a thing! :whistling:


:-D
banned#37
a pretty good bargain as the new update fixes the bugs others are continually whinging about!
#38
AndyToys
Thomson USED to make good PVRs. for example, they made the DHD4000 which was an excellent box at the time and is still better than a lot of modern boxes.


I've got a DHD4000 - excellent freeview PVR that is working well over 3 years later
#39
Still scanning at £69.97 @ Tesco Extra, Loughborough. :x

Decided to leave well alone as it was a refurb too!

Thanks to the OP. Heat and Rep left.
#40
Its 67.97 at Tesco Extra @ Durham Retail Park

Hot if you can get it for cheaper price

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