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Xenta Freeview PVR and usb Media player £16.82 + 3.59 Delivery @ eBuyer

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http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225560 Direct Link Product Description At a glance the xenta DB-18 doesn't look like anything special - its the standard black box - but scratch beneath the sur… Read More
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Product Description
At a glance the xenta DB-18 doesn't look like anything special - its the standard
black box - but scratch beneath the surface and some of the specs are impressive. Not only does it offer full freeview and usb play back it can record tv straight to a usb or hard drive.

Supported Files:

* Video: MPEG-1 (AVI, MPG, DAT), MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI, DivX, XviD)
* Audio: Wave, AAC, WMA, MP3
* Picture: BMP, TIFF, PNG,GIF, JPEG

Input Interfaces:

* USB HOST: USB 2.0 high speed; Support FAT32

specification

* 1 scart connection
* auto/manual search
* Multi language OSD menu
* Parental control
* 1000 channels
* 7 day EPG
* Slim line remote control
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#2
Cheers
kevingattaca2
#3
Seems a great box of tricks anyone have one and can comment.
Be interested what format it records TV Progs Heat added

Edited By: Boz on Oct 09, 2010 22:14: Heat
#4
Would it be possible to connect a security camera to this and use it as a recorder?
#5
Can you record anything being broadcasted via the tv or only freeview?
#7
:| How can it be a PVR when it doesn't record?
#8
Enslaved
:| How can it be a PVR when it doesn't record?


record tv straight to a usb or hard drive
#9
Hmmm, interesting. Will keep an eye on this to see what feedback is like
#10
Invested. Getting sick of having to sit and watch Emmerdale with the wife every night. She can now record it ...and I guess she can watch the MPEG files on her laptop, or on the TV again later on.

Anyone know if you can schedule to record? See it's got 7 day planning, but that would be good.
#11
Enslaved
:| How can it be a PVR when it doesn't record?


:|
#12
KinanswerMe
Getting sick of having to sit and watch Emmerdale with the wife every night


Instead of disrupting your wife's plans by making her watch it later on a laptop, why don't you just leave the room and get on with something productive? Presumably you had something in mind to be doing while she was watching it later on her laptop, just do that during the actual broadcast. Simple.
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belovedmonster
KinanswerMe
Getting sick of having to sit and watch Emmerdale with the wife every night


Instead of disrupting your wife's plans by making her watch it later on a laptop, why don't you just leave the room and get on with something productive? Presumably you had something in mind to be doing while she was watching it later on her laptop, just do that during the actual broadcast. Simple.


Good point! Although I would like to spend some 'quality' time with her without having to race back for 7pm (and 8pm on Thursdays don't forget). Don't know. Maybe take her out, go dancing, find a cure for internet trolling ...but alas, she enjoys Emmerdale, bless her. Thanks for the advice. Didn't realise Hot UK Deals also provided marriage counselling as well as blinding consumer bargains (?)
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Hercules
Would it be possible to connect a security camera to this and use it as a recorder?


No it will only record the freeview digital stream.
asanchez
Can you record anything being broadcasted via the tv or only freeview?


No see above.
loopie
A few issues with missing sound:
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Would think the issue is that the AVI and divx file they are trying to play are they are 5.1 audio which isn't supported on the royalty free codec.
#15
The voucher code in the op doesn't work. Should it, or does hukd put any vouchers for a retailer in any thread automatically?
#16
Webagents
The voucher code in the op doesn't work. Should it, or does hukd put any vouchers for a retailer in any thread automatically?


Yes it auto links to retailer. That code can only be used on SSD's.
#17
Link doesnt appear to be working to go to ebuyer website od iave grabbed one of these now.. simply cos it records to usb hard drives.
#18
I would say this is worth it just for the USB input. (If you don't already have that)

I don't know of any other standalone USB input device.

Pity there is no HDMI out tho.

Edited By: rizla01 on Oct 10, 2010 11:01: /
#19
KinanswerMe
Invested. Getting sick of having to sit and watch Emmerdale with the wife every night. She can now record it ...and I guess she can watch the MPEG files on her laptop, or on the TV again later on.

Anyone know if you can schedule to record? See it's got 7 day planning, but that would be good.

Why record and not not catch up on iTV player?

Edited By: kungpo on Oct 10, 2010 11:01: edit
#20
Reasonably good value - even considering the price of a standalone freeview box.
Nice find - not sure i'd invest in one just yet though.
#21
Any reviews for this?
#22
where is USB connector ?
i can not see it
#23
sia
where is USB connector ?
i can not see it


Good point Sia, as i also noticed this so if anyone has one already or knows they may elaborate on this for us?
#24
sia
where is USB connector ?
i can not see it


If you go to the webpage click on the second image then scroll your mouse over the left side when it zooms in you can see it there.
#25
Does this have a schedule record feature???? Can't find out much about it.

Have been looking at the Grundig USB recorder Tesco have - £59.99 though.

Edited By: lowercase on Oct 10, 2010 14:14: more info
#26
is this definately a freeview receiver as noticed it has an 'ant in' and 'loop out' ? i presume these are there for is you want to use them correct? otherwise the unit if a freeview receiver wouldnt require an 'ant in' or 'loop out' right?
#27
Hi I've an lcd tv which can no longer receive channels after the digital switchover. Is this what I need to continue receiving tv? sorry i just have no idea what i need.. thanks!!
#28
Shiango "Hi I've an lcd tv which can no longer receive channels after the digital switchover. Is this what I need to continue receiving tv? sorry i just have no idea what i need.. thanks!!"
yes
#29
GAVINLEWISHUKD1 person likes this
[quote=Hercules] Would it be possible to connect a security camera to this and use it as a recorder?


No it will only record the freeview digital stream.
asanchez
Can you record anything being broadcasted via the tv or only freeview?


No see above.

Does anyone know of a similar priced product that can record from other inputs? I want to get a couple of things off my V+ box onto my computer - the two are located about 20 m apart so I'd like some little gizmo I can plug into the V+ box. Does not need to be hdmi as I want to use the files to show in lessons where they will only be shown in SD. Cheers for any help.
#30
shiango
Hi I've an lcd tv which can no longer receive channels after the digital switchover. Is this what I need to continue receiving tv? sorry i just have no idea what i need.. thanks!!

Yes, but if its just viewing and not recording your after you could save a few bob getting one from littlewoods ebay clearance.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/akura-digital-set-top-freeview-box-/768225/#post9492219
#31
kungpo
KinanswerMe
Invested. Getting sick of having to sit and watch Emmerdale with the wife every night. She can now record it ...and I guess she can watch the MPEG files on her laptop, or on the TV again later on.

Anyone know if you can schedule to record? See it's got 7 day planning, but that would be good.

Why record and not not catch up on iTV player?


I guess I'm thinking the MPEG quality will be better, and will save my bandwidth/being told to stop downloading while she watches. Anyway, I told her I've purchased it and she's very happy. Thanks.
#32
Not interested in the Freeview part, but what does the USB element of it do / mean?

I have a TV with a USB input - is that reqd or not?

If I have movies or videos on an external hard drive or Flash drive, I'll be able to view them on my TV?

Thanks
#33
Does anyone know if this has series link?
#34
Great, can now store films on hdd to watch later, and transfer to computer to keep.
1 Like #35
KinanswerMe8 people like this
belovedmonster
[quote=KinanswerMe]Getting sick of having to sit and watch Emmerdale with the wife every night
. Thanks for the advice. Didn't realise Hot UK Deals also provided marriage counselling as well as blinding consumer bargains (?)

brilliant :D
#36
KinanswerMe9 people like this
belovedmonster
KinanswerMe
Getting sick of having to sit and watch Emmerdale with the wife every night
Instead of disrupting your wife's plans by making her watch it later on a laptop, why don't you just leave the room and get on with something productive? Presumably you had something in mind to be doing while she was watching it later on her laptop, just do that during the actual broadcast. Simple.
Good point! Although I would like to spend some 'quality' time with her without having to race back for 7pm (and 8pm on Thursdays don't forget). Don't know. Maybe take her out, go dancing, find a cure for internet trolling ...but alas, she enjoys Emmerdale, bless her. Thanks for the advice. Didn't realise Hot UK Deals also provided marriage counselling as well as blinding consumer bargains (?)

Brilliant reply. Could see that coming and thoroughly deserved!!!!
#37
Shouldn't really argue at this price, but from the ebuyer forum:

Not a PVR
As far as I can tell you can only record what you are watching.


So no series links, or scheduled recording ? (and single tuner obviously).

Ah well, still HOT as a freeview box on steroids with usb media playback !
banned 2 Likes #38
To Boz and others who asked for more information. I have just bought one of these boxes. I needed a replacement Freeview decoder for the bedroom and this was as cheap as any. The USB port was therefore a free extra, so far as I was concerned.

It arrived yesterday and I'm just getting to know it. The scant user manual is written by someone whose first language isn't English and is best be described as a few basic hints. Working out how to use the thing is left as an exercise for the reader. I am just about starting to get to grips with it. I have been unable to locate any company web site for additional information.

Yes, you can do timed recording, although how to go about it isn;t described in the manual. You can set up to 8 "wakeup timers". Each can be used to turn the box on or off, switch channel, display a message, or record a nominated channel for a given time. The problem is that if you just set a record timer then put the box in standby, it doesn't seem to record (although it does come out of standby at record start time). If you leave it fully on then a record timer works fine. I did try setting two timers - one to wake the box up then another to start recording a minute later but that didn't work either. I shall continue to experiment. Timers can be set directly from EPG.

The recording format is mpeg. I set it to record the new BBC 3 series Lip Service last night and it produced a 1.6Gb file for the 1 hour broadcast. Unfortunately I cannot use it to record to my USB disk drive as it doesn't understand NTFS volumes, only FAT. I am therefore restricted to using a memory stick.

My other slight criticism is that my TV in "auto" mode doesn't recognise the device's output as 16:9 so you have to select widescreen at the TV end explicitly.

To sum up, it's a truly amazing bit of kit for the price. I wouldn't want it to be my main or only TV recorder because the menu system is fiddly and not always intuitive, and inability to write to a decent sized disk (unless you divide it into FAT partitions) is a bind. However it does do what it says on the can pretty well and is therefore useful as a cheap second recorder option.

Edited By: Writerman on Oct 13, 2010 15:41: typo
banned#39
MindTriiiickz
Does anyone know if this has series link?
No. You can schedule a recording to repeat at the same time daily or weekly, but no Series Link or other Freeview PlayBack features.
banned#40
Gollywood
Not interested in the Freeview part, but what does the USB element of it do / mean?I have a TV with a USB input - is that reqd or not?If I have movies or videos on an external hard drive or Flash drive, I'll be able to view them on my TV?Thanks

You don't need a TV with a USB input. The USB socket on this box is to connect a storage device (USB stick, hard drive etc.) for recording and playback.

You will be able to play your movies from hard drive or flash drive provided the drive is formatted as a FAT volume. This box won't read or write NTFS. I had to archive all the data off my USB stick and reformat it as a FAT volume before I could use it with this device.

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