Is it worth getting a YouView box without an internet connection?

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Found 17th Jan 2015
So, I have Sky and am a bit out of the loop with regards to other PVRs. Obviously I am aware of YouView and it sounds like it might be one of the more user-friendly PVRs on the market. My Nan is 90 yrs old and believe it or not, has her finger firmly on the pulse of audiovisual technology. BUT... she doesn't have an internet connection and has no plans to get one.

She has one of the original Humax Foxsat-HDR's and whilst a pioneer of sorts, it is showing its age in terms of ease of use. I had assumed that the YouView box was as close as one could get to the super-intuitive Sky+ Box but wanted to check that she wouldn't be paying most of her money for the on demand features and that it really was the most user-friendly, grandma proof PVRs on the market. If not, which is?
Any advice is gratefully received.
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the internet connection is for catch up tv like bbc I player etc.
srp111

the internet connection is for catch up tv like bbc I player etc.


correct....so if one was just after a sky-esque box (in terms of user-friendly interface), which PVR would you recommend for an OAP who wants to record her favourite freeview programmes? Would YouView still be top of the list?
I have YV just for recording programs. The software can be laggy but tbh its not major thing. I've had mine for over a year and still going strong.
Youview box is good as a Freeview PVR, Nice interface, Is laggy and underpowered as most are but do a good job.
dcx_badass

Youview is good, got one for my Grandmother, took her a while to get to … Youview is good, got one for my Grandmother, took her a while to get to grips, but with a paper help sheet she got it. However she'd moved from using VHS tapes to record, if she's already using a PVR then I imagine it will be fine. Although I'd stick with the Foxsat-HDR myself unless it breaks, it's a good product and easy to use and she knows what to do already, I prefer freesat to freeview as well.



Thanks for the advice. Her Foxsat-HDR is, i think, the original PVR which was a bit of a benchmark at the time. But this was a good 4 years ago at least and even I struggle to set a simple record without a good 5 unnecessary clicks. I think YouView still sounds the best option. I'm prepared for the help sheet. She still refers to HDMI as "Homie" (bless her) because of my bad handwriting. I just want something which starts up quickly, responds to remote commands promptly and looks friendly as opposed to a retro grid-like BBC-computer laggy interface. The £114 refurbished deal on here should do the trick. Unless anyone thinks another PVR ticks the 'dummies' box better, i'm gonna go for it.
p.s; is there any reason why this...http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2589378.htm
is better than the BT model...argos.co.uk/sta…htm
hbomb

Thanks for the advice. Her Foxsat-HDR is, i think, the original PVR which … Thanks for the advice. Her Foxsat-HDR is, i think, the original PVR which was a bit of a benchmark at the time. But this was a good 4 years ago at least and even I struggle to set a simple record without a good 5 unnecessary clicks. I think YouView still sounds the best option. I'm prepared for the help sheet. She still refers to HDMI as "Homie" (bless her) because of my bad handwriting. I just want something which starts up quickly, responds to remote commands promptly and looks friendly as opposed to a retro grid-like BBC-computer laggy interface. The £114 refurbished deal on here should do the trick. Unless anyone thinks another PVR ticks the 'dummies' box better, i'm gonna go for it. p.s; is there any reason why this...http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2589378.htmis better than the BT model...http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1834426.htm



I have both of these boxes, the second (bt) model is the best of the two in mho. Its tiny, about the size of a hard back book, nearly silent in use and its quick with no noticeable lag. The remote is very intuitive to use and can be easily set up to operate your tele.
Argoj

I have both of these boxes, the second (bt) model is the best of the two … I have both of these boxes, the second (bt) model is the best of the two in mho. Its tiny, about the size of a hard back book, nearly silent in use and its quick with no noticeable lag. The remote is very intuitive to use and can be easily set up to operate your tele.



this is what i've read already. thanks for the info.
Hello
Just posted but not sure if ot got through so try again.
Ive been knocking my head against a brick wall for a couple of weeks some people say you need a internet connection to use this youview plus box as a recorder and playback. People on this thread are saying you don't ? I have the box and it won't let me Install it it comes up with the message 'connect to your router' and thats it.
I took it to my friends and plugged it into her router and broadband and it set up no problem, however when l pulled the ethernet cable out of the box l could access test recordings or record or do anything apart from scroll through the freeveiw channels. The message was 'no Internet connection'
Can anybody put me straight what's going on why can't l use it like a recorder.
Thanks
Dave.
Hi David2428, did you resolve this issue? I've just purchased a BT Youview+ Set Top Box for my elderly mother-in-law, just for access to terrestrial freeview and the ability to record programmes, however I'm stuck in the same loop of the setup menu insisting that I connect to a router. Any ideas?
No good at at unless you have internet. Can't even get the software on.my humax recorder is 4 years old and continually freezing. Thisvue box by the hunax firm told me themselves when I asked that you must have internet.

I'm still trying to find a firm that still make recording machines that don't need internet just record from TV
wouldn't a dvd recorder (with hard drive) be the answer? Or am I not understanding the problem?
Pandray11 h, 51 m ago

wouldn't a dvd recorder (with hard drive) be the answer? Or am I not …wouldn't a dvd recorder (with hard drive) be the answer? Or am I not understanding the problem?


The 20th century just called lol
My BT dtr-t2100 functions fine as a freeview recorder regardless of an Internet connection
chocci7 h, 47 m ago

The 20th century just called lol



I guess I'm out of date with my 10 year old dvd recorder but what can your BTdtr-t2100 do that my recorder can't?
Pandray15 h, 33 m ago

I guess I'm out of date with my 10 year old dvd recorder but what can your …I guess I'm out of date with my 10 year old dvd recorder but what can your BTdtr-t2100 do that my recorder can't?


Records two shows at once, records full HD, 300 hours recording time, Netflix, nowtv, all the catchup services, youview app for setting recordings on the go etc

£45 from cex with a years warranty
I disabled Youview on my TV, as if you enable Youview it then disables the ability to record programs . I then started researching Youview etc and read about youview vs freeview play worth a read

A good quality hard disk recorder sounds like the right thing for your Nan
chocci11 h, 50 m ago

Records two shows at once etc


It sounds good but OP's Nan is 90 and I wonder whether full HD would be a benefit to her. The other points you mention I can get with an inexpensive NOW box. However your device would be cheaper than a DVD recorder so it may be her best choice as long as she does not want to transfer the recordings onto DVDs.
Hi everyone, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately my original post was 2 years go and my nan is now dead.
I’m not saying she died due to a lack of a user-friendly PVR that didn’t rely upon an internet connection to perform basic recording functions....but it is interesting.
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