Technisat HDFS Freesat HD Receiver - £99.99 @ Play
205°Expired

Technisat HDFS Freesat HD Receiver - £99.99 @ Play

37
Found 4th Apr 2011
Freesat HD receiver of the year for 2010. This is a great product, and has won several awards. Perfect for PVR recording and iPlayer.

More details from technisat.co.uk/ind…041

Key Features:
Over 140 great digital TV and radio channels and services
Free HD programmes from the BBC and ITV
One payment, no subscription, no bills
8-day On Screen Programme Guide
Interactive TV
Parental control
Subtitles and Audio Description
Auto detection of new channels or software - no need to ever re-tune
Playback of music, pictures & movies from USB, card reader or networked PC
HDMI lead included
3 Year Manufacturer's Guarantee
Easy first time installation with AutoInstall
WiFi support for wireless connectivity (using optional TechniSat USB WiFi adaptor)
Standby power: less than 0.25W
Connections:
1 x HDMI Socket
2 x Scart Sockets
LNB In and Out
Ethernet
SPDIF - Digital Audio Out
2 x USB Ports: 1.1/2.0 Front & Rear
CompactFlash
SD/MS/MMC Card Reader
- philmitchell

37 Comments

Would you care to explain in what way you consider this player to be "perfect for PVR recording"?


JonBoy

Would you care to explain in what way you consider this player to be … Would you care to explain in what way you consider this player to be "perfect for PVR recording"?



It can record, but you have to add the hard drive yourself.

Russell

i have one of these myself.

The tv signal quality is superb. I have just had sky installed and have both sky and this freesat box running off the same dish and the freesat box has far superior hd quality than the sky box.

The features are great for a set of this pric. it has a cam slot to add viewing cards and also sd card slot and usb ports to play media from usb stick.

If connected to the net via a lan cable, you have access to bbc iplayer and itv player is coming soon. with the lan cable connected, it will also pick up any media on any computers on the network.

When you connect an external hardrive (i currently have the buffalo 500gb one from asda connected at the moment) this enables you to record programs and also pause live tv with the ability to also rewind and fast forward from where you started recording or paused.

all in all a great freesat box from a quality german company.

i paid £140 so heat added for this price!

smallclone

It can record, but you have to add the hard drive yourself.Russell



told.. lol

Sounds an excellent box.

But it's only a single tuner box, am I correct? So you can't watch one programme and record another. Isn't that a pain in practice?

Just for those with tight wallets - Its available as a graded item for £77.50 inc. delivery on a popular auction site

smallclone

It can record, but you have to add the hard drive yourself.Russell



owned

To be fair to JonBoy it wasn't clear from the OP's description that the PVR facility is available. From reading around the Internet it seems like this functionality was only added later.

Sorry - posting like a mad thing today. Can someone confirm whether or not this box supports Dolby 5.1 surround and (or) DTS?

mistersquiddy

But it's only a single tuner box, am I correct? So you can't watch one … But it's only a single tuner box, am I correct? So you can't watch one programme and record another. Isn't that a pain in practice?



Yes, sadly

Please note:
1. It is not possible to watch one channel while recording
another.

2. Recordings can only be played back on the HDFS unit on
which they were recorded.
3. Timers must not be set to occur less than 5 minutes after the
unit has been placed in standby. This is to ensure that the
unit comes out of standby correctly when the timer is due.
4. It is not possible to record programmes on ITV-HD.

mistersquiddy

To be fair to JonBoy it wasn't clear from the OP's description that the … To be fair to JonBoy it wasn't clear from the OP's description that the PVR facility is available. From reading around the Internet it seems like this functionality was only added later.



The functionality isn't even mentioned on the linked Play webpage so why would anybody assert or believe that recording would be an option unless further explanation were provided?

I asked OP for an explanation of his wording - but thanks to those who actually have provided relevant info so that potentially interested punters can conduct further investigations.

toonarmani

4. It is not possible to record programmes on ITV-HD.


Why is that?

would think record ok with ITV 1 HD now its normal channel would think it ITV HD via red button that cant be recorded

Dont rate this at all, much better spending the extra for the Humax freesat with 320GB hard drive and twin tuners for £179.99 from Humax direct.

furiousjammin

i have one of these myself.The tv signal quality is superb. I have just … i have one of these myself.The tv signal quality is superb. I have just had sky installed and have both sky and this freesat box running off the same dish and the freesat box has far superior hd quality than the sky box.The features are great for a set of this pric. it has a cam slot to add viewing cards and also sd card slot and usb ports to play media from usb stick.If connected to the net via a lan cable, you have access to bbc iplayer and itv player is coming soon. with the lan cable connected, it will also pick up any media on any computers on the network.When you connect an external hardrive (i currently have the buffalo 500gb one from asda connected at the moment) this enables you to record programs and also pause live tv with the ability to also rewind and fast forward from where you started recording or paused.all in all a great freesat box from a quality german company. i paid £140 so heat added for this price!



Do you have use of the "Red Button" and how about EPG? ( am in market for a new box)

Just what I was looking for as an alternative to forking out for multiroom. Under a ton for HD and PVR facilities (have loads of external HDDs littered around the house!) from a box with a 3 year guarantee and good expert reviews. Ordered & Heat added!

r1zla

Dont rate this at all, much better spending the extra for the Humax … Dont rate this at all, much better spending the extra for the Humax freesat with 320GB hard drive and twin tuners for £179.99 from Humax direct.



Only browsing on my phone, but I cant find this box. Have you got a link.

JonBoy

The functionality isn't even mentioned on the linked Play webpage so why … The functionality isn't even mentioned on the linked Play webpage so why would anybody assert or believe that recording would be an option unless further explanation were provided?I asked OP for an explanation of his wording - but thanks to those who actually have provided relevant info so that potentially interested punters can conduct further investigations.


I've had this box for nearly a year. Technisat do not advertise this as a PVR. Originally it didn't provide recording, but it was added later as a firmware upgrade. It works well, but is pretty much unsupported.
The SD and HD picture quality is excellent.
Some of the UI is pretty random.
EPG sometimes show "no information available" for most slots.
My initial box was faulty (locked up intermittently), but was replaced via courier directly from Technisat.
Support in the UK seems to be a one man show.
Movies over LAN is rubbish.
iPlayer works well.
Single tuner, as mentioned by others. You can watch a previously recorded programme and record another at the same time.
Works fine with my WD 500GB drive. Drive powers down when not in use.
Recorded programmes are encrypted and can only be played back on the machine that recorded them.
HD must be formatted propitiatory format.
Anynet+ compliant.
Long warranty.

Great value. The only better product is the Humax, which is much more expensive.
I also paid £140ish. Great deal.
Edited by: "Deal-icious" 5th Apr 2011

toonarmani

Yes, sadlyPlease note:1. It is not possible to watch one channel while … Yes, sadlyPlease note:1. It is not possible to watch one channel while recordinganother.2. Recordings can only be played back on the HDFS unit onwhich they were recorded.3. Timers must not be set to occur less than 5 minutes after theunit has been placed in standby. This is to ensure that theunit comes out of standby correctly when the timer is due.4. It is not possible to record programmes on ITV-HD.


Points 1 & 2 are correct.
3. I have done this many, many times and never had a problem. Maybe it was fixed in a f/w update.
4. I remember reading this when ITV-HD became available. It certainly isn't true now. I have just this minute tested 3 & 4 without issue.

brookheather

Why is that?



no idea - it's what it mentioned in the online pdf manual .. my post was a copy and paste of the text there.

I got one last year for the world cup. Agree picture is much better than Sky and all channels better than FreeView, plus there are more of them, and yes it has red button, with multi whatever it is called video on the red button options, 7 day EPG (which is a requirement for the Freesat badge).

Unlike Humax you cannot use the "secret" code to unlock the ITVPlayer so we have to wait for it to go live, but Channel 4 HD can be picked up in Technisat mode as it is not due on Freesat until later this month. Technisat mode is the alternative to Freesat mode giving all the channels Freesat filters out - tbh you are not missing much as they are mostly locked channels. EPG in both modes btw but FreeSat one is much nicer.

HD recording via external USB works well but remember you only have one tuner so no recording one channel and watching other.

My first one was faulty but Technisat were excellent at replacing it.

A couple of times, it lost the radio channels and/or the EPG which required a restore from factory default which is not difficult but you might lose any settings to record from the EPG.

Surround sound works well on the HD channels. iPlayer quality is not bad, better than some, such as the Wii, (and often Freeview) but not as good as my Sony Home Cinema system that renders really well and does a very good job of HD.

no problem with ITV HD - think that might have been a comment from the old days when ITV HD was only from the red button on the normal ITV channel

It doesn't work with windows 7 shares. Might be a deal breaker for some.

iscom

Do you have use of the "Red Button" and how about EPG? ( am in market … Do you have use of the "Red Button" and how about EPG? ( am in market for a new box)


red button works fine. you have full use of sports multiscreen etc for bbc and the EPG is a bit hit and miss. lists everything for all channels for the next 6 - 10 hours. But after this its random whether it gives you the full guide or just parts.

i was tempted for the humax since we left sky but to be honest i havent missed it, the stuff on tv is still pretty crap for me, i noticed humax isnt reducing much they found a niche...
dont think i would risk this unit IMHO.

Has it got a DVB-S2 tuner (the linked page has zero tech details) so that the recently available Ch4 HD can be received?

martint123

Has it got a DVB-S2 tuner (the linked page has zero tech details) so that … Has it got a DVB-S2 tuner (the linked page has zero tech details) so that the recently available Ch4 HD can be received?



As I mentioned above, 4HD is not yet available on FreeSat but can be picked up in the non-freesat mode.

Does this have a CI or card reader?

If you want a PVR you are better going for the Humax Freesat HD. Two tuners, 320GB for just over £200 at John Lewis. Excellent picture, EPG, etc. Can't see the point in getting the Technisat then adding a decent hard drive, by which point you've spent most of that two hundred quid already and you've still only got a box with a single tuner....

Can anyone recommend the satellite dish they use, are there better ones to use than others? Also would you have to get someone external in to point these to the right angles, or can you do it yourself? Thanks in advance for any advice

My Humax uses the sky dish that I already had installed. You need one with twin input cables if you want to use it's two tuners full features.

Can't understand the comments about Freeview HD being better than Sky HD - I have both and Sky HD looks amazing on my 50" Plasma - Freeview HD is good too, but I don't think is quite as good as Sky HD channels.

Emeye

Can't understand the comments about Freeview HD being better than Sky HD … Can't understand the comments about Freeview HD being better than Sky HD - I have both and Sky HD looks amazing on my 50" Plasma - Freeview HD is good too, but I don't think is quite as good as Sky HD channels.



Nobody has mentioned Freeview as this is a Freesat receiver. Any perceived difference between FTA channels on Freesat and on Sky are to do with your own installation as it's the same signal reaching your dish.

JonBoy

Nobody has mentioned Freeview as this is a Freesat receiver. Any … Nobody has mentioned Freeview as this is a Freesat receiver. Any perceived difference between FTA channels on Freesat and on Sky are to do with your own installation as it's the same signal reaching your dish.



To be more precise, nobody has mentioned Freeview HD being better than SkyHD.

Great bit of kit. Pity those shysters at Play now have it at $180 +

What a scam!

Now over £180 at Play what a rip off. Tried to put a review on their site but it was blocked.

You are only allowed to say nice things these days or the thought police will get you.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text