i-Can Easy HD 2851T Freeview HD Set Top Box £29.99 @ Play.com (with BBC iPlayer & HDMI Cable)
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i-Can Easy HD 2851T Freeview HD Set Top Box £29.99 @ Play.com (with BBC iPlayer & HDMI Cable)

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Found 15th May 2012
Decided to take the plunge on the LG LED TV from Argos ebay outlet and so started looking for a HD Freeview box to accompany my TV and found this.

Been posted on here a few times before (at a couple of quid less last time) but still seems to be really good value at £29.99. Had lots of excellent reviews:

expertreviews.co.uk/pvr…51t

Access over 50 Free HD and SD Channels BBC iPlayer - catch up on your favourite programmed, including HD Dolby Digital Plus stereo audio output to your TV or Home Cinema Automatic 'Plug In & Watch' box with the latest generation of fast and intuitive menu 8 Day easy TV program guide Parental Control Complete and intuitive channel banner Fast channel navigation function Universal remote control - can operate both TV and Receiver Slim, space saving design Includes HDMI cable Receives SD programming as well as HD programming: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i Number of Tuners: 1 DVB-T/DVB-T2 + IP (Ethernet) Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4 H264 SCART: 1 (TV or VCR) S/PDIF: 1 HDMI: 1 Data Port: Ethernet BBC iPlayer requires an Internet Broadband connection of 2MB to watch SD programmes, and 4MB for HD programmes Not compatible with conditional access cards (Sky Sports, ESPN etc)

Also available at ebuyer for the same price if you prefer:

ebuyer.com/362…cts

Don't forget quidco etc

56 Comments

Great find, heat added. This should get very hot, a seriously good bargain for a Freeview HD Box.
Edited by: "Transformers" 15th May 2012

Bought it 2 weeks ago when it was £27.99,so far it seems very good,but it does not say HD when on bbc1,maybe its a red button option,i have not had much time to look into it.
Edited by: "coleraine" 15th May 2012

Can't set a reminder for programmes. Mmmm. Next!

Original Poster

bpcampbell

£2 cheaper … £2 cheaper herehttp://www.itproportal.com/2012/05/08/2799-i-can-easy-hd-2851t-freeview-hd-set-top-box-bbc-iplayer-hdmi-cable/



That link takes you to a review - which then gives you a link to the Play.com website @ £29.99

sorry about that

Iplayer via Ethernet I believe?

Any way of achieving wireless connectivity?

mattgra

That link takes you to a review - which then gives you a link to the … That link takes you to a review - which then gives you a link to the Play.com website @ £29.99



And they stole it from me !

hotukdeals.com/dea…e=5

coleraine

Bought it 2 weeks ago when it was £27.99,so far it seems very good,but it … Bought it 2 weeks ago when it was £27.99,so far it seems very good,but it does not say HD when on bbc1,maybe its a red button option,i have not had much time to look into it.


BBC1 HD sould be on Ch 50 flick up for the other HD channels


heat added

if play run out stock l seen these on ebuyer to with free P&P


ebuyer.com/362…51t
Edited by: "Lonefalcon" 15th May 2012

Great little box, User interface is great.

BBC IPlayer runs perfectly, No buffering or lag.

If you are watching a Non HD channel a box appears and offers you the choice to watch in HD.

Bare in mind the box is discontinued now and also the USB on the back is only for updating if you cant get online.

Nice size remote, batteries and HDMI cable supplied.

The one I got had a switch on the cable from the power supply to the box (Makes rebooting simpler if needed)

I got Richer Sounds to price match it so picked it up in store.
Edited by: "mikeypr" 15th May 2012

Gone up today on amazon by looks of it, otherwise par price at the minute...
uk.camelcamelcamel.com/i-C…SYS

Still good tho!

cold... more expensive and already posted last week

good price but ugly as hell i wouldnt want that thing spoiling my setup

Cookey

this one will stream your files from PC … this one will stream your files from PC http://www.maplin.co.uk/technisat-hdfv-freeview-hd-receiver-with-usb-recording-617971?c=froogle&u=617971&t=module



Was looking at that myself, and was £30 in Asda, but no iPlayer (or iPlayer HD) and the list of formats it supports for playback from NAS etc is very small, I believe Divx and Jpegs only?

What I want is a cross between the WDTV Live Box containing a Freeview HD receiver with Record facility - I keep hoping

I bought this on a pricematch at Richer Sounds and for the money couldn't be happier. The last thread had lots of techie questions about this box answered in that if you dig it out.

ps Cold on the deal as it is more expensive than last weeks posted deal - nerrrr
Edited by: "Northerndave" 15th May 2012

I bought one of these in the last HotUKDeal headsup. I can quite honestly say it lives up to expectation - unless your expectations are low, in that case you'll be disappointed. The HD channels look great. I'm getting sick of SD channels now; once you've experienced Dot Cotton in HD there's simply no going back! There aren't many HD channels, but they'll only increase with time. If you haven't got HD Freeview integrated into your TV then this is a must buy at this price. It's fast, responsive and very ugly. But you forgive it's looks after a while, once you've applied the second tin of black boot polish. The only grump I have about it is the iPlayer interface is a bit slow but streaming iPlayer content works like a charm. It's futureproof today as the firmware can be updated ; I get moist thinking about what technological advancements are yet to come with this bad boy. Heat.
Edited by: "MisterMadHatter" 15th May 2012

Do you need to do anything (antenna wise). Or as I already get freeview I should be able to plug and go with this.

mnmike

Do you need to do anything (antenna wise). Or as I already get freeview I … Do you need to do anything (antenna wise). Or as I already get freeview I should be able to plug and go with this.



If you can get normal Freeview then you should be OK. Check your postcode here to see if you can get HD - Can I get Freeview HD
Edited by: "MisterMadHatter" 15th May 2012

Cool thanks for the reply, think i'll take the plunge and give it ago then

I hope you got the edited message. I'd be gutted to find out you bought one and couldn't get HD on it afterall thanks to me. If that is the case then I will buy it off you (half price of course as it's second-hand). Unless you're really rural then you'll be alright. My parents get it in the middle of nowhere. Worth checking your postcode though.

hot

martinelsen

Iplayer via Ethernet I believe?Any way of achieving wireless connectivity?



Get a bridge? Or modify a router to act as a bridge?

Northerndave

Was looking at that myself, and was £30 in Asda, but no iPlayer (or … Was looking at that myself, and was £30 in Asda, but no iPlayer (or iPlayer HD) and the list of formats it supports for playback from NAS etc is very small, I believe Divx and Jpegs only?What I want is a cross between the WDTV Live Box containing a Freeview HD receiver with Record facility - I keep hopingI bought this on a pricematch at Richer Sounds and for the money couldn't be happier. The last thread had lots of techie questions about this box answered in that if you dig it out.ps Cold on the deal as it is more expensive than last weeks posted deal - nerrrr



Have a look at the YouView box coming out soon,meant to be end of the year.

can you get the recordings off the box?

Been waiting on YouView for 2 years now, ever since Project Canvas was mooted. With the many delays I have doubts it will ever come to market at a competitve rate.

Does this play those "Freeview over the internet" channels?

cambourne7

can you get the recordings off the box?



This device (to my knowledge ) doesn't support recording of channels.
If you want to record Digital then I'd recommend the Humax HD Fox T2 which can be had for £65
humaxdirect.co.uk/pro…101

Once combined with a large USB stick or external HDD this then turns it into a fantastic single tuner HD recorder, plus if you like tinkering there are loads of extra things you can hack it to do :-)

I also bought LG LED TV from Argos ebay outlet, but I could not use it yet as the signal in my area is very poor. Does external Freeview box help me in my problem or not.

Havent got Ethernet in the bedroom, and so if it hasn't got Wifi (it appears it hasn't) then it is not the one for me as I can't be arsed to run ethernet around the house
Good price though

dca860

Havent got Ethernet in the bedroom, and so if it hasn't got Wifi (it … Havent got Ethernet in the bedroom, and so if it hasn't got Wifi (it appears it hasn't) then it is not the one for me as I can't be arsed to run ethernet around the houseGood price though



Something like this would work I believe

amazon.co.uk/TP-…8-1

Any way of achieving wireless connectivity?



Netgear Universal WiFi Internet Adapter WNCE2001

A wonderful little device. Plugs into Ethernet socket and gets power from USB socket. You've then got full WiFi access.
I use one on my LG TV as a cheaper (and more configurable) alternative to the official LG WiFi "dongle"

Got one of these last week for £27.99 from Play. Pretty chuffed with it so far, and already managed to 'hack' it (partially). It runs Firefox (when accessing iPlayer), but with some tweaking you can get it to load other content via the Internet.

Got it hooked up to a Homeplug. Next best thing to having wifi.

andy

any pointers for makiing the Firefox is uses browse other web pages or web sites on such ?

i don't have one but i'm intrigued

thanks


cherylcole

andyany pointers for makiing the Firefox is uses browse other web pages … andyany pointers for makiing the Firefox is uses browse other web pages or web sites on such ?i don't have one but i'm intriguedthanks



Well, before I managed to get the Internet properly rigged up on it I saw a Firefox error on my TV from the box about not being able to find bbc.co.uk (for iPlayer). Figured that if you change the DNS server settings the box uses to one you can configure to force bbc.co.uk to route to another IP you can load in whatever content you want. I've got mine loading content from one of my servers which I can update pages on, so can now essentially create a page with links to whatever I want. Going to try YouTube next...

The only downside I've discovered is that Firefox has no URL bar, so you can't manually enter a URL. However, there is a built-in on-screen keyboard available when pressing the OPTION button on the remote control when focused on a text field. Will keep you updated if I find any other tricks...

Thinking of getting a PS3 for Blu Rays and 3D content on our telly...

Can I get HD TV or anything like this through the PS3 or should I invest in this item to watch freeview HD?

Thanks guys...

the iplayer carousel and browsing the programs is slow and jerky. playback is fine though. there doesnt seem to be any new updates to fix it.

I ve looked at these for a while now.....at this price its good value.....just be aware there is no upscaling circuitry for SD channels on this model which seems to be pretty standard elsewhere, this is the only thing that stops me.

elmoses

Thinking of getting a PS3 for Blu Rays and 3D content on our telly...Can … Thinking of getting a PS3 for Blu Rays and 3D content on our telly...Can I get HD TV or anything like this through the PS3 or should I invest in this item to watch freeview HD?Thanks guys...



You can get HD TV thru your ps3 using Play TV , a box from sony for about 50/60 quid which also lets you pause, rewind and record thru your ps3. Don t forget ps3 s also come with all the i players, bbc, itv and channel 4.
The best thing apart from gaming and bluray is that using a free streaming software the ps3 is a great media player too and streams from ya pc.
I ve still got my fat ps3 from 5 years ago........the best £175 i ever spent!
Edited by: "mission1664" 16th May 2012

mission1664

You can get HD TV thru your ps3 using Play TV , a box from sony for about … You can get HD TV thru your ps3 using Play TV , a box from sony for about 50/60 quid which also lets you pause, rewind and record thru your ps3. Don t forget ps3 s also come with all the i players, bbc, itv and channel 4.The best thing apart from gaming and bluray is that using a free streaming software the ps3 is a great media player too and streams from ya pc.I ve still got my fat ps3 from 5 years ago........the best £175 i ever spent!



So best bet is PS3 for all my 3D gaming, 3D TV and media streaming... not to mention standard gaming in full HD...

Right... need a PS3 NOW!!! Lol!

Very good price considering the features. Shame its incredibly ugly.
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