Barebone Twin Tuner Freeview DTR £24.98 @ Maplins
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Barebone Twin Tuner Freeview DTR £24.98 @ Maplins

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Found 25th Apr 2009Made hot 25th Apr 2009
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Futureproof your TV with a digital set-top box
Install a new or used 3.5-inch hard drive up to 500GB capacity for up to 250 recording hours''
Watch one digital channel and record another
Pause live TV (time-shift) and use scheduled recording
7-day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
Connections: 2 x SCART, RF In, RF Out, 1 x Digital Coax Audio, 1 x RS232 (for updates)
Aspect ratio can be changed for widescreen TVs, 4:3 or 16:9 selectable
Subtitle display
Auto-formats the hard drive for video use
Compatible with most IDE hard disk drives
A full hard drive can be replaced with another
Includes remote control
Dimensions: 320(w) x 42(h) x 255(d) mm

29 Comments

Great price for a barebones, perfect for the other tv, thanks.

I think I may end up getting one of these, as I have a spare 160GB hard disk lying about doing nothing!! Great deal!

Nice idea, I have a few old drives lying around. Sure one of them would be suitable:thumbsup:

Very good deal - the description says it has twin receivers, so does that mean it can record two programmes at the same time, AND let you watch a recorded program at the same time?

These are not bad if you have a spare hard drive lying around. I would not use it as your main pvr. I use mine for the bedroom and I get 100% channels on an indoor aerial. You can transfer recordings to the pc by using Sigmatek Disk Reader software. The pc will not read otherwise.
Be mindful that the software has the odd bug or two and the epg takes ages to update. There are no updates to firmware last time i checked.
Good price though.

solid;5031982

Very good deal - the description says it has twin receivers, so does that … Very good deal - the description says it has twin receivers, so does that mean it can record two programmes at the same time, AND let you watch a recorded program at the same time?



You can only record 1 event at a time. But you can watch live tv whilst one is recording.
You will not be able to watch a recorded program whilst recording.

Thanks, nigel - if that is true, then I think I'll give this a miss. My current FreeView PVR lets me record two programs, and watch a recording at the same time, and I don't think the OH will be happy to give that function up!

Seems that this box doesn't do digital text, and for that reason I'm giving it a miss. Not voting either way.

future proof lol, they seem to change the freeview spec every 3 months rendering loads of the boxes useless lol.
I guess this would be also quite good if you wanted to do a DIY cctv install around the house.

I bought one of these when they first came out for £99.95 and it burned out 2 hard disks one after the other as it does not have a fan in it - I took it back and swapped it for Maplin's 250gb version that has a fan and works.

.Do I buy it for the PCI DVB card.. (No)..

metronome;5035766

future proof lol, they seem to change the freeview spec every 3 months … future proof lol, they seem to change the freeview spec every 3 months rendering loads of the boxes useless lol.I guess this would be also quite good if you wanted to do a DIY cctv install around the house.



Why, i guess you could watch TV while you installed cameras. These box,s will only record from the internal tuners.

Plus £3.50 for delivery.

metronome;5035766

future proof lol, they seem to change the freeview spec every 3 months … future proof lol, they seem to change the freeview spec every 3 months rendering loads of the boxes useless lol.

I've had a Grundig Freeview box since... well, Grundig went into administration in 2003 so it's at least that old. It still works fine and even occasionally gets an over-the-air update. Even the old On Digital boxes still work fine, if clunkily.

pibpob;5037906

Even the old On Digital boxes still work fine, if clunkily.



Yeah thats right, I gave our Gert's father one of the very first "on digital" boxes and it still works fine...if a little slow. It must be 8 or 9 years old now.

Wow.. is that how old the OnDigital / Freeview service is? Amazing!

Yes. The only major change is high definition, which has to use a more modern and sophisticated compression scheme in order to squeeze the signals into the available bandwidth. It certainly isn't a spec change for change's sake. (Whether there's any point to HD at all, considering the depths to which SD picture quality has sunk as a result of squeezing more and more mediocre TV channels in is another matter...) Another change is the 7-day programme guide which is certainly useful, but doesn't break older boxes (which ignore it).

metronome;5035766

future proof lol, they seem to change the freeview spec every 3 months … future proof lol, they seem to change the freeview spec every 3 months rendering loads of the boxes useless lol.I guess this would be also quite good if you wanted to do a DIY cctv install around the house.



No they don't. We have a five year old freeview box that still works, a 2 year old IDTV and a 1 year old IDTV, all of which work exactly as they did when we bought them.

The only thing that changed was some technical thing which, as far as I know, only affected boxes that didn't conform to the freeview standards.

Presumably this box is not capable of decoding h.264, and so will not be compatible with freeview HD? (when it finally arrives)

That's right.

pibpob;5038960

Yes. The only major change is high definition, which has to use a more … Yes. The only major change is high definition, which has to use a more modern and sophisticated compression scheme in order to squeeze the signals into the available bandwidth. It certainly isn't a spec change for change's sake. (Whether there's any point to HD at all, considering the depths to which SD picture quality has sunk as a result of squeezing more and more mediocre TV channels in is another matter...) Another change is the 7-day programme guide which is certainly useful, but doesn't break older boxes (which ignore it).



*cough* except setpal *cough*

Joking aside there was a change to the channel listings which simply overloaded the old setpal receivers (which had been in their time one of the better designs) turning them into doorstops if they were allowed to scan for new channels. It only affected a few models of "older" freeview boxes but was a good example of what happens when the spec is treated as a movable feast (and your box developer is no longer interested or no longer around).

The worst examples of compression tend to be ITV4 / CITV and some of the shopping channels.

pibpob;5037906

I've had a Grundig Freeview box since... well, Grundig went into … I've had a Grundig Freeview box since... well, Grundig went into administration in 2003 so it's at least that old. It still works fine and even occasionally gets an over-the-air update. Even the old On Digital boxes still work fine, if clunkily.



....Not for too much longer though....depending on your area transmission. As the digital switchover rolls out a whole heap of boxes will stop working including the On Digital Nokia Mediamaster.

"the earliest digital boxes and digital TVs, including all ONdigital and ITV digital boxes, will stop working at switchover’.

The bad news is that the ‘small number’ actually refers to more than 30 products including TVs from the likes of Philips, Sony and Toshiba".


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There isn't a box on the market yet that can handle the new HD Feeview standard but some of us wont get the chance to get it for another 4 years anyway,

This deal isnt bad but remember most PVR's have specially designed Hard disks that are designed for the purpose . That is why sticking any old drive in will probably work but be prone to early failure due to overheating and other errors. If you have a spare drive at this price it's not bad but persoanlly s second hand Humax 9200 or similar is probably a better bet.

kar999;5042044

....Not for too much longer though....depending on your area … ....Not for too much longer though....depending on your area transmission. As the digital switchover rolls out a whole heap of boxes will stop working including the On Digital Nokia Mediamaster.

by which time it really will have had a long and happy life!

There isn't a box on the market yet that can handle the new HD Feeview … There isn't a box on the market yet that can handle the new HD Feeview standard

True, but nearly all the channels will still be in SD.

sweet deal
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kar999;5042044

There isn't a box on the market yet that can handle the new HD Feeview … There isn't a box on the market yet that can handle the new HD Feeview standard but some of us wont get the chance to get it for another 4 years anyway,



It's all abit of a con realy. Buy a shiny new 'hd ready' tv with freeview dvb decoder built in; only for the decoder to become outdated within 18 months.

Though some pctv dvb decoders available today claim that they do/will support hd channels through software/firmware updates.

TehJumpingJawa;5043918

It's all abit of a con realy. Buy a shiny new 'hd ready' tv with freeview … It's all abit of a con realy. Buy a shiny new 'hd ready' tv with freeview dvb decoder built in; only for the decoder to become outdated within 18 months.Though some pctv dvb decoders available today claim that they do/will support hd channels through software/firmware updates.



Probably find they sent the raw stream to the pc which then does the decoding in software in which case providing they can lock the HD channel then it would just need software that can decode the new standard.

Where has STB/TV's probably don't have the memory or proccessing power to handle the HD codecs.

Thought i'd give this a go as I was going to spend around £20 on a freeview box anyway.

Only stuck a 20gb drive in it as that's all I could lay my hands on at the time - so far so good, will see how it goes.

yeah these are all very true its is a great deal if you got a hard disk lying around but it will costs about another £40 for a hard disk with reasonable memory
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