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Philips DTR5520 Freeview HD Box - £50 @ Tesco (Instore, Store Specific?)
Philips DTR5520 Freeview HD Box - £50 @ Tesco (Instore, Store Specific?)

Philips DTR5520 Freeview HD Box - £50 @ Tesco (Instore, Store Specific?)

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Spotted in Tesco Extra, Barnsley. A handful of them on the shelf.

I Red Lasered the barcode, which suggested this item is £80+ in John Lewis etc.

hth.

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I got mine from an ASDA superstore for the same price.
Don't forget to update the firmware via USB pen drive from the following "link" :
www dot p4c dot philips dot com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?ctn=DTR5520/05&slg=en&scy=GB

Not as feature-rich as the ADB I-Can Easy box but a good "no-frills" FreeviewHD receiver that will probably be more reliable than the Tesco Technika units at £30.

I'd be tempted by this but being a Philips product puts me off - I've never had much luck with any item from Philips.

I'll wait for some feedback from others...

Greyowl

I got mine from an ASDA superstore for the same price.Don't forget to … I got mine from an ASDA superstore for the same price.Don't forget to update the firmware via USB pen drive from the following "link" :www dot p4c dot philips dot com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?ctn=DTR5520/05&slg=en&scy=GBNot as feature-rich as the ADB I-Can Easy box but a good "no-frills" FreeviewHD receiver that will probably be more reliable than the Tesco Technika units at £30.



Picked a couple of the i-can units up today from my local tesco and must say impressed and they were £42 each with around 3 left on the shelf, reviews are good and i can see why, i player is superb. As for the Technika. Utter carp had to return 2 for locking up etc
Edited by: "steviecross" 17th May 2011

I wonder if these are similar to previous Philips Freeview boxes that have stated "Designed by Pace" on the boxes?

edit: I see Pace bought the Philips set top box division so does that mean these are essentially Pace boxes ie pretty good?
Edited by: "spannerzone" 17th May 2011

spannerzone

I wonder if these are similar to previous Philips Freeview boxes that … I wonder if these are similar to previous Philips Freeview boxes that have stated "Designed by Pace" on the boxes?edit: I see Pace bought the Philips set top box division so does that mean these are essentially Pace boxes ie pretty good?


Yes, it does have a Pace sticker on the top.
I updated mine to firmware v7.19 straight out of the box when I set it up and it's worked fine.
The negatives I've seen in reviews were for the poor firmware originally shipped with the unit and the fact it doesn't have any extra features like some other units.
I'd love to test the HD quality and surround sound, but since my area has not undergone DSO and I don't have a 5.1 system yet I'm a bit stuffed !
Even if Philips drops support for it, for £50 it's a lot better that most FreeviewSD boxes on the market in my opinion. ( it has a Scart socket as well as HDMI )

£59 on ebay.co.uk if you are not near a tesco

The i-Can box for £43 at Tesco (with Freeview HD & BBC iPlayer) seems like a better deal to me:

i-Can Freeview HD Box at Tesco

Any recording over usb firmwares?

loopie

Any recording over usb firmwares?


No and I understand no plans to do so, although the support page on the Philips website says the next firmware will support the reading of JPG and MP3 files via the USB socket.
You'll need either the Icecrypt T2200 ( £57 ) or the Humax HD Fox T2 ( £89 ) and the corresponding custom/beta firmwares to record to USB.
I think both units are on sale at Tesco.

I agree Nick, the i-Can does have more features, if you can find one! (_;)
I've seen this Philips unit at an Asda as well as Tesco superstore.

Cheers £7 more to get the Icecrypt and have recording options gets my vote then. Also think it plays MKVs which is a bonus.

two of the Easy I-cans are sat on the shelf at Tesco Reading Extra (Napier Road, Reading) as of lunch time today
£42...or £43
I bought one last week. Works well, the iplayer in HD is good too!

loopie

Cheers £7 more to get the Icecrypt and have recording options gets my … Cheers £7 more to get the Icecrypt and have recording options gets my vote then. Also think it plays MKVs which is a bonus.



Beta usb recording firmware for Icecrypt T2200 below if you get one :
gonedigital dot net/wp-content/uploads/T2200-PVR-beta.zip

Not bad for a basic box, good picture.
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