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Freeview HD STB refurbished £34.97 delivered at Tesco e-bay outlet
Freeview HD STB refurbished £34.97 delivered at Tesco e-bay outlet

Freeview HD STB refurbished £34.97 delivered at Tesco e-bay outlet

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TECHNIKA STBHDIS2010 FREEVIEW HD SET TOP BOX
REFURBISHED WITH A 12 MONTH TESCO OUTLET WARRANTY

This Freeview HD set top box gives you up to 50 Freeview channels and features a 7 day electronic programme guide. Includes 1 HDMI connection and 2 SCART sockets.
Specifications
Brand Technika
Colour Black
Digital Audio Output Yes - Coaxial
Digital UK approved Yes
Remote Control Yes
RF Loop Through Yes
Scart Sockets 2
Tuners 1x Digital
Features of Product Up to 50 Freeview channels. 7 day electronic programme guide. 1 HDMI socket & 2 SCART sockets.

OK its a Technica but its less than half normal price. I have bought refurb stuff from here before and all I have had is damaged packaging.

26 Comments

Original Poster

The cold fingers are out again - OK where else can you get a Freeview HD STB backed by a credible warranty for this sort of price or less?
Edited by: "Leadbeter" 22nd Dec 2010

Hot thumb

Can't go wrong at that.

Have some heat.

lnb1996

Can't go wrong at that.Have some heat.



Yes you can, dad bought one and sent it back.

Leadbeter

The cold fingers are out again



I think the problem is, it isnt a joggler or an Orange Phone which you have to overhaul to make it half decent.

Have some heat - seems a good price for the product in hand.

Might be cheap but they are very unreliable:

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i think the problem is that unstable box is £35 too expensive (even more if you value your time)*

*it may be ok, but i heard bad things i.e. that its cheap and refurb for a reason.

Original Poster

brookheather

Might be cheap but they are very … Might be cheap but they are very unreliable:http://www.avforums.com/forums/freeview/1261927-technika-freeview-hd-box.html



Yeah I read this before posting. Firstly there is confusion between 2 different Technica models with similar number . A lot of the complaints are common to the use of any FV STB in an area with a fringe signal or with a a poor aerial. Also folks dont realise that the HD multiplex is DVB-T2 at 256QAM which means that to receive it properly the signal AFAIK has to be 4 times stronger than a normal Freeview multiplex. So particularly where the implementation of Freeview HD is pre DSO on a temporary low power multiplex (e.g. London. Birmingham etc.) Then despite good reception of normal Freeview channels the reception of the HD channels can be very borderline.

Whatever if unreliable Tesco do not in my experience quible on warranty.
Edited by: "Leadbeter" 22nd Dec 2010

Nice one OP and got to be worth a punt for that price. See what HD looks like and, if the box is a waste of space, Tesco can have it back - much less aggro than some retailers.
Edited by: "cibarious" 22nd Dec 2010

I couldn't take the unreliability of Freeview any longer (and that wasn't even HD) so I switched to Freesat to get HD channels on our main tv. This was the right move. We rarely get any problems with the signal from that. But the tv upstairs, which is still Freeview, continues to frustrate. I guess we must be in one of those borderline areas for terrestrial.

There is no doubt this item is cheap, but I think this would be a case of "buy cheap buy twice". You can only heat it if it is worth the money, and on the basis of my experience I would say Freesat every time even if it cost you 3x this.

Original Poster

CoenFan

I couldn't take the unreliability of Freeview any longer (and that wasn't … I couldn't take the unreliability of Freeview any longer (and that wasn't even HD) so I switched to Freesat to get HD channels on our main tv. This was the right move. We rarely get any problems with the signal from that. But the tv upstairs, which is still Freeview, continues to frustrate. I guess we must be in one of those borderline areas for terrestrial.There is no doubt this item is cheap, but I think this would be a case of "buy cheap buy twice". You can only heat it if it is worth the money, and on the basis of my experience I would say Freesat every time even if it cost you 3x this.



One can only conclude that you are in a fringe area of a pre-DSO Freeview area or have a poor aerial.

I currently do have some problems with dropout on freeview in bad weather conditions or if a flock of birds decides to roost on my aerial. But i am also pre DSO !.....however....DSO is scheduled here for April 2011 - 4 months hence. The Freeview transmission power will go up here by a factor of 20!

Will I need an alternative as suggested e.g. Freesat then.....I doubt it!

Well I did buy one a couple of weeks ago:

Good points:

Had a 10% off code, so got it for £30 something pounds.

The Freeview box itself is VERY pleasing to the eye.

The Std definition picture is excellent.

The HD picture is out of this world. Played on a 4-year old no name flat screen TV without freeview built in (720p / 1080i). 720p was just divine.

Tesco’s delivery service was fantastic.

And so was their returns process (yes there was a return!)

Bad Points.

The gift box the item came in (the same as you would see on the shelf) looked like a second-hand piece of trash (note, the freeview box was immaculate.) They could of spent 50p more to inspire a bit more confidence.

Box constantly locked up. A lot of this seemed to be to do with updates. BUT, I cracked after 5 days.

It’s now gone.

Beautiful box (aesthetics), picture and service. Pity it just couldn’t change channel without having to keep being switched off at the wall.

Edited by: "ronin13" 22nd Dec 2010

Leadbeter

One can only conclude that you are in a fringe area of a pre-DSO Freeview … One can only conclude that you are in a fringe area of a pre-DSO Freeview area or have a poor aerial.I currently do have some problems with dropout on freeview in bad weather conditions or if a flock of birds decides to roost on my aerial. But i am also pre DSO !.....however....DSO is scheduled here for April 2011 - 4 months hence. The Freeview transmission power will go up here by a factor of 20!Will I need an alternative as suggested e.g. Freesat then.....I doubt it!



Well I said I was probably in a borderline area. But only in the same way that a lot of other people are going to be. I have 3 years experience of Freeview, and even when I lived nearer the transmitter the signal was ready to drop off at the drop of a hat. It is flakey.

Don't get me wrong, I've declared war on Murdoch, I will never give him my money again, and I would prefer to get HD without recourse to his satellite. But buying a box on the basis of a promised signal improvement is, I would say, a tad optimistic. Especially a box with a track record like this has.

I haven't voted cold, btw, before you take too much umbridge.

Worth a gamble at this price

these reciver boxes usally £100

you can always send it back if it crap

just bought one heat added X)

ronin13

Bad Points.Box constantly locked up. A lot of this seemed to be to do … Bad Points.Box constantly locked up. A lot of this seemed to be to do with updates. BUT, I cracked after 5 days.It’s now gone.



this. anyone know if this is due to being in a marginal signal area, old firmware - anything that can be cured?

Original Poster

CoenFan

[quote=Leadbeter] [quote=CoenFan] I couldn't take the unreliability of … [quote=Leadbeter] [quote=CoenFan] I couldn't take the unreliability of Freeview any longer (and that wasn't even HD) so I switched to Freesat to get HD channels on our main tv. This was the right move. We rarely get any problems with the signal from that. But the tv upstairs, which is still Freeview, continues to frustrate. I guess we must be in one of those borderline areas for terrestrial.



Sorry you still dont seem to get it?? You are obviously "Pre DSO". Depending on where you are sometime in the next 2 years sooner or later your Freeview and if already available Freview HD reception will improve out of all recognition of current Freeview reception.

There is no doubt this item is cheap, but I think this would be a case of … There is no doubt this item is cheap, but I think this would be a case of "buy cheap buy twice". You can only heat it if it is worth the money, and on the basis of my experience I would say Freesat every time even if it cost you 3x this.


Again one can only conclude that you are in a fringe area of a pre-DSO Freeview area or have a poor aerial. Shortly these problems will disappera for most!

I currently do have some problems with dropout on freeview in bad weather conditions or if a flock of birds decides to roost on my aerial. But i am also pre DSO !.....however....DSO is scheduled here for April 2011 - 4 months hence. The Freeview transmission power will go up here by a factor of 20!


Well I said I was probably in a borderline area. But only in the same way … Well I said I was probably in a borderline area. But only in the same way that a lot of other people are going to be. I have 3 years experience of Freeview, and even when I lived nearer the transmitter the signal was ready to drop off at the drop of a hat. It is flakey.Don't get me wrong, I've declared war on Murdoch, I will never give him my money again, and I would prefer to get HD without recourse to his satellite. But buying a box on the basis of a promised signal improvement is, I would say, a tad optimistic. Especially a box with a track record like this has.



It wont be flakey at the vastly increased power. BTW living near a transmitter can give problems with both analogue and digital TV but these can be overcome with DVB-T

I shall test this box most rigorously on standard freeview and if in anyway lacking it will be dispatched to Tesco "Inlet". In April I shall repeat same on HD.

Edited by: "Leadbeter" 22nd Dec 2010

Had two of these. The first was d.o.a. the second was so buggy I couldn't live with it. The picture quality was great but the HD channels were constantly disappearing from the e.p.g. and I was retuning it every day. So it went back. I guess that others did too and that's why refurbs keep coming up for sale.

Leadbeter

Sorry you still dont seem to get it?? You are obviously "Pre DSO". … Sorry you still dont seem to get it?? You are obviously "Pre DSO". Depending on where you are sometime in the next 2 years sooner or later your Freeview and if already available Freview HD reception will improve out of all recognition of current Freeview reception.



Now you are just being rude.

Firstly there are a string of people on here telling you how unreliable this box is. I haven't commented as I do not have experience of it, but it ought to be an indicator to you that may be this is not that hot and you should stop digging.

My experience is with the Freeview signal. No it wasn't DSO. Yes it was with a good aerial. In two different houses. But if the SD signal has been so poor thus far, why would I want to take yours or anyones word for how good an HD signal will be in future.

Your faith is touching. I don't share it. If there is a decent Freeview HD signal to be had, please be assured, I will be delighted to use it. But unlike you I am not holding my breath.

I hadn't voted on this previously but you have convinced me. COLD.

I live in the East Midlands, by the way, not the Outer Hebrides.

Smiff

i think the problem is that unstable box is £35 too expensive (even more … i think the problem is that unstable box is £35 too expensive (even more if you value your time)**it may be ok, but i heard bad things i.e. that its cheap and refurb for a reason.



Cold, sorry!

I am in a post DSO area and had one of these and sent it back after 7 days.

I constantly would get a black screen when changing channels and all you could hear was the sound.
The only way to fix it was to unplug the box.
This would wipe the fetch tv content and so you would have to leave the box in standby again.

Lovely picture in HD, shame about the flaky firmware.

Original Poster

CoenFan

I live in the East Midlands, by the way, not the Outer Hebrides.



Exactly there are a lot of places in the East Midlands with very poor Freeview coverage at present! Availability of Freeview HD in this area is at present zero. However in the next 2 years this will improve in your area out of all recognition. BTW I am next door in West Anglia!

However to all - mine arrived this a.m. (ordered tuesday evening) Will report back when have had a chance to try it, but unfortunately have to escort SWMBO to the shops today. As I said in the beginning if it is troublesome it will go back - no hassle - good aspect of this deal!
Edited by: "Leadbeter" 23rd Dec 2010

This box has been posted many times and if you read the comments you will see this box is a complete waste of time. I took mine back and got a Goodmans HD box from comets for £49, much better box and so far no problems.

I wish this deal got so much heat when i bloody posted it a few weeks ago

Having rashly purchased one of these boxes on Wednesday, it arrived this morning at 11:45 and Tesco Outlet had an email by 13:30 asking them to collect and refund as the unit is absolutely AWFUL.

To quote from my email to Tesco Outlet - Regrettably, although the box switches on and tunes as you would expect it to, the picture and sound are not what they should be. For example, on BBC1 the picture freezes for a small part of a second before resuming and the sound is jumpy too. On some of the other channels, there is distorted sound and no picture. This is not due to the aerial as the Humax Freeview box that we have in the house works perfectly on that aerial and it's a new aerial that was fitted less than 6 months ago.

So fellow HotUKers, in my humble opinion, this box should be avoided at all costs.

If only I had listened to all of the folk who rubbished it.

Just took delivery of mine today.

satfeed

I constantly would get a black screen when changing channels and all you … I constantly would get a black screen when changing channels and all you could hear was the sound.The only way to fix it was to unplug the box.This would wipe the fetch tv content and so you would have to leave the box in standby again.Lovely picture in HD, shame about the flaky firmware.



Same issue. Going back after Xmas. Hey ho.

Just plugged mine in and all is ok so far. I only have an indoor aerial at the moment so cant make use of the HD channels yet but normal freeview looks so much better.

No freezing so far but will report back if it starts to happen.
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