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Was looking around in tesco for a freeview box as mine died on me and found this. It did have £39.99 as the original price but had price cut next to it for £24.95.

Micro Freeview Box This tiny Freeview box is great for converting your older and portable TVs as it doesnt need a SCART connection to operate. The MFR-200 connects between your existing aerial and your TV aerial input socket. Simply tune in a spare channel on your TV to view Freeview service. Use the supplied remote control to select the Freeview channel you want to watch. All in all, a superb feature packed Freeview box that is easy to use, energy efficient and small in size.
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#1
I have one of these brought it a year or so ago cost me > £50 from amazon.

I can personally say its fantastic with the user interface, and if i didn't have freeview built into my tv now I'd buy it again :p.
#2
How does it pick up the signal from the remote control? Is there a supplied lead that is long enough to reach the aerial socket and allow the box to sit on top of the TV or something?
#3
Definately annoyed to see this as chucked my old portables away as everyone told me if it ain't got a scart its no good would have bought one of these defo a few years back.
#4
Why do SO many people write brought when they mean bought???

I mean i know this is off topic but loads of people do it, i can't even see how its possible to consistently get it wrong?

See the first post of this thread for an example. Now i have pointed it out and you also begin to notice this strange mistake you will find it very annoying I'm sure. First few times i noticed it it didn't bother me now it gets me slightly cheesed off.
#5
cubensis
Why do SO many people write brought when they mean bought???

I mean i know this is off topic but loads of people do it, i can't even see how its possible to consistently get it wrong?

See the first post of this thread for an example. Now i have pointed it out and you also begin to notice this strange mistake you will find it very annoying I'm sure. First few times i noticed it it didn't bother me now it gets me slightly cheesed off.


Are you for real!!
#6
ukwomble
Are you for real!!


I'm being a little light hearted about it but essentially yes it gets me annoyed. You have obviously never consistently noticed it. I can understand leaving a letter out but how does someone accidentally put an extra letter in a word that then changes its meaning, and then do that again and again?
#7
cubensis
I'm being a little light hearted about it but essentially yes it gets me annoyed. You have obviously never consistently noticed it. I can understand leaving a letter out but how does someone accidentally put an extra letter in a word that then changes its meaning, and then do that again and again?


Each to their own,but I feel life's to short :roll:

Good deal by the way OP.
#8
Hoppie
Definately annoyed to see this as chucked my old portables away as everyone told me if it ain't got a scart its no good would have bought one of these defo a few years back.


There are other boxes that have an RF output that can go into your ariel socket.

Plus, if your old telly has an old VCR underneath (with SCART sockets) then you can plug just about any freeview box into the video recorder first then get your signal from the VCR.

Bit late now I know, but hey :-D
#9
Just thought I'd provide this link for anyone who wants to know more about it great deal
space saver and power conserver best feature is if you have young children you can set it on a
kids channel and take the remote away as their are no buttons on the box itself.
(alternatively punishment by putting it on bbc 4 that will teach them lol)

http://www.tvonics.com/digital-set-top-boxes/mfr-200.html

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#10
ABS_HULL

(alternatively punishment by putting it on bbc 4 that will teach them lol)


Just to annoy cubensis please change that to "that will learn them"

:thumbsup:
#11
I know a mate that has brought one of these, fantastic bit of kit !
#12
Nookster
There are other boxes that have an RF output that can go into your ariel socket.

Indeed - there are a number of freeview boxes with RF and SCART connector. Buying one without a SCART connector is just a dead end - because the video quality of the RF output is significantly below the potential of freeview. Plus you can pick up a "new" used TV on freecycle -and even the used ones usually have a SCART input.
#13
ukwomble
Each to their own,but I feel life's to short :roll:



too short :p

Totally agree on the brought/bought thing - can't believe how many people make this mistake.

Good deal OP - voted hot.
#14
cubensis
Why do SO many people write brought when they mean bought???

I mean i know this is off topic but loads of people do it, i can't even see how its possible to consistently get it wrong?

See the first post of this thread for an example. Now i have pointed it out and you also begin to notice this strange mistake you will find it very annoying I'm sure. First few times i noticed it it didn't bother me now it gets me slightly cheesed off.


Sadly the standard of literacy on here and many other forums reflects the laziness that has crept into most peoples use of the English language. I for one am just as guilty, slipping into lazy text speak at the drop of a hat. Before long it will become a form of Newspeak just like 1984!

Oh and dont get me started on LOL and its inappropriate usage... Theres a Facebook group against its use if you are interested.


Anyway good spot by the OP, ideal for people with portables in their sheds, caravans and spare rooms. I personally still use my 1978 black and white Mitsubishi portable in my office, running through an old VCR and Nokia Freeview box.
#15
I think 'bought' is a word typed much less frequently than 'brought'; our tactile memory therefore slips into the more frequent pattern when we type and aren't paying full attention. It's not a literacy issue or a drop in standards.
#16
Whilst I'm sure that's true, I don't think it dents the argument about falling standards in literacy (or for that matter most other aspects of the British education system). I'm sure teachers are doing their best, but unless they are 'old skool' (sic) they too have been failed. Key example in point: a work colleague's daughter came home with a piece of her English work 'correcting' "etc." to "e.t.c."...

...now going back on-topic, there are Freeview 'dongles' around that are like a long SCART plug for those that DO have a SCART plug, and basic Freeview boxes can be picked up for <£15 frequently in supermarkets and suchlike. So if you're after the cheapest solution, this may not be it for you. This thread is a great find if it's what you need!

What does get me is the overall lack of reliability of Freeview STBs in general - don't know about this one but every other Freeview box (PVR and non-PVR) I have (about 5) needs 'rebooting' at the mains due to freezing.
#17
MrPuddington;7367367
Buying one without a SCART connector is just a dead end - because the video quality of the RF output is significantly below the potential of freeview.
Not to mention the fact that the sound will be mono.
#18
cubensis
I'm being a little light hearted about it but essentially yes it gets me annoyed. You have obviously never consistently noticed it. I can understand leaving a letter out but how does someone accidentally put an extra letter in a word that then changes its meaning, and then do that again and again?


If something so simple as a spelling or grammatical mistake makes you annoyed, then you seriously have a very shallow and empty life.
#19
cubensis
...but how does someone accidentally put an extra letter in a word that then changes its meaning, and then do that again and again?


I think the most likely cause is people simply not realising that the word they should be using is bought rather than brought. They sound very similar and there is only one letter difference in the spelling. Misuse of the question mark is also on the rise? (Init? LOL!!!1!)


Some relatives of mind were recently bemoaning the number of boxes they now have connected to their rather old single scart socket TV. (Those boxes include a scart switch box.) So I can see the attraction from a space saving point of view. That guy I saw on the BBC News website a few months back who owns what is believed to be the oldest working TV in the country might also like it since he'll have no use for scart. He already had a Freeview box connected to it though. Other than that and what someone said about I don't see any reason to buy this over something larger that has scart. (The Freeview box I can see from here has no buttons on it, so this device is not unique in that respect.)
#20
cubensis
Why do SO many people write brought when they mean bought???

I mean i know this is off topic but loads of people do it, i can't even see how its possible to consistently get it wrong?



Cubensis - You need to relax and get out more my friend :thumbsup:

Oh, and by the way - you seem to have missed the apostrophe out of "it's" :roll:

Annoying isn't it when the spelling police show up !!
#21
pibpob
Not to mention the fact that the sound will be mono.


If a TV is so old that it doesn't have a SCART socket then it probably won't have stereo sound either.
#22
Great price! I bought two from Aldi last time round. They are TINY.
#23
Okay interesting comments on the bought/brought thing!

I'm really not bothered if i miss out an apostrophe or dont capitalize letters and the like. It is this one thing that winds me up, the learn and teach thing also doesn't bother me, however question mark instead of exclamation mark? I hate that!

Anyway glad i'm not on my own in noticing this, my life now feels a little more in order. Think i'll go and check the tyre pressures on my car and then give it a though wax.

P.S. Though instead of thorough was intentional, just an example of how ludicrous the bought/brought thing is!

Just to add to this post and not completely trivialise it; if a T.V. doesn't have a scart lead then its going to be quite old. The fact an aerial only transmits in mono more than likely wont make any difference to what is probably already a poor sound source on that T.V. and so this is great for people that aren't pedantic perfectionists, i'll probably leave this one.
#24
would I require a mains aerial connection or could I run this through a portable with a portable ariel, anyone know before I go to tesco & purchase one?

thanks
#25
cubensis

I'm really not bothered if i miss out an apostrophe or dont capitalize letters and the like. It is this one thing that winds me up, the learn and teach thing also doesn't bother me, however question mark instead of exclamation mark? I hate that!

"Capitalise" not "Capitalize" unless you are in the USA. :-)
#26
cubensis
Okay interesting comments on the bought/brought thing!

I'm really not bothered if i miss out an apostrophe or dont capitalize letters and the like. It is this one thing that winds me up, the learn and teach thing also doesn't bother me, however question mark instead of exclamation mark? I hate that!

Anyway glad i'm not on my own in noticing this, my life now feels a little more in order. Think i'll go and check the tyre pressures on my car and then give it a though wax.

P.S. Though instead of thorough was intentional, just an example of how ludicrous the bought/brought thing is!

Just to add to this post and not completely trivialise it; if a T.V. doesn't have a scart lead then its going to be quite old. The fact an aerial only transmits in mono more than likely wont make any difference to what is probably already a poor sound source on that T.V. and so this is great for people that aren't pedantic perfectionists, i'll probably leave this one.


I bet i'm not alone in thinking you're a bit of a crunt. By the way, there's and extra 'r' in that sentence, did you spot it?
#27
chears op looks goodliness innit fum tescos tommoz
#28
cubensis
Okay interesting comments on the bought/brought thing!

I'm really not bothered if i miss out an apostrophe or dont capitalize .


Should be a capital I
Should be c-a-p-i-t-a-l-i-S-e

In one sentence you've proved yourself a pathetic, pedantic, illiterate halftwit. :roll:
#29
craigstephens
I bet i'm not alone in thinking you're a bit of a crunt. By the way, there's and extra 'r' in that sentence, did you spot it?


:thumbsup:
#30
gizmouk;7368253
If something so simple as a spelling or grammatical mistake makes you annoyed, then you seriously have a very shallow and empty life.
Many many people have shallow and empty lives then. I'm sure that makes you feel better.
#31
montyburns56;7368604
If a TV is so old that it doesn't have a SCART socket then it probably won't have stereo sound either.
Indeed - probably.
#32
ghinzani
Sadly the standard of literacy on here and many other forums reflects the laziness that has crept into most peoples use of the English language. I for one am just as guilty, slipping into lazy text speak at the drop of a hat. Before long it will become a form of Newspeak just like 1984!

Oh and dont get me started on LOL and its inappropriate usage... Theres a Facebook group against its use if you are interested.


Anyway good spot by the OP, ideal for people with portables in their sheds, caravans and spare rooms. I personally still use my 1978 black and white Mitsubishi portable in my office, running through an old VCR and Nokia Freeview box.

The use of lol is just a giggle at the end of something you find amusing theres are lot worse things to worry about than grammar and spelling the internet is to connect the world not to make more arguments and complaints.

sorry if this ruffles the head yeachers feathers but seriously bad grammar is not going to end the world
life is short dont argue with it live it.
#33
It's a little odd how many people think that "life's too short" to worry about grammar and spelling and yet they have time to write postings moaning about people moaning about grammar and spelling - especially when the same thing has been said a few postings back.

Why is life too short to write properly? Why does it take longer to write properly than badly?

Statements like "life's too short" and "you must be sad" are so laughably weak and pointless that it seems they either betray the poster as being unable to think logically, or that they simply have no argument to put forward to support their point of view.

For instance, I could equally well say that "life's too short" for me and every other reader who has to try to decode the semi-literate ramblings of one lazy poster who could have got their point across just that little bit more clearly to all the readers had they taken a little more care in the first place.

It seems, though, that a lot of people have really never learned or been taught the difference between such basic words as "there", "their" and "they're", or that the apostrophe key on their keyboard is as important in expressing themselves as the 26 letter keys. It might be an idea that they do - it doesn't matter here, but some day they may find they are judged on it.
#34
cubensis
Why do SO many people write brought when they mean bought???I mean i know this is off topic but loads of people do it, i can't even see how its possible to consistently get it wrong?See the first post of this thread for an example. Now i have pointed it out and you also begin to notice this strange mistake you will find it very annoying I'm sure. First few times i noticed it it didn't bother me now it gets me slightly cheesed off.

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