Having previously owned a shield before mine broke I heard that the homerun hd recorder works, check it to to see if it works in the UK though I am not 100% sure but I know in the USA they use it, on Amazon uk it’s almost £100
Updated 7th FebLast updated 7th Feb by arwkright
50" 4k Freesat TV.
Help needed with my purchase, didn't want to spend loads so all but decided on the Samsung UE50TU8500 (£549) Is there any better bang for your buck out there?
Thanks, This is missing some catch and a fair few negative reviews, I'm considering Samsung q60t for £70 more ?
For Freesat, you're basically looking at Samsung or LG. Samsung's VA panels have better contrast, but LG's IPS panels have better viewing angles. I picked up a LG 49NANO866NA a few weeks ago for £599, and it's great. Though it is still lacking some of the streaming apps (UKTV Play and All4 in particular).
I got this TV before Xmas and love it. Viewing angles aren't the best, but apart from that I think it's a great TV, especially with the 5 year JL guarantee.
https://www.richersounds.com/tv-projectors/4k-ultra-hd-tvs/lg-50un73006la.html Might be worth considering? Probably not quite as good quality as the Samsung but a good brand none the less, and a whole lot cheaper.
It should be back, hopefully & good luck with trying to take on these corporate clowns.
Cheers I'll check as I gave up. Currys gave me a partial refund of the TV in the end toward a Freesat box after many calls and many promises of call backs that never came which were supposed to help me with getting a box sent out.
Try looking again on your TV, it appears the favourites option on my model TV has returned & I didn't even realise it! I have now created a list of favs, might have been a silent update in the background & Philips have caved in to demand.
Just to update, Currys are being an absolute nightmare with many calls and hours later speaking to various people in various teams. Different story with everyone I speak to and never a call back. I spoke to a guy this morning who promises to help me with a call back on a decision and his extension number, but as a backup I've now contacted trading standards for advice as Currys customer services are pretty much useless. I had a guy in the tech team arguing with me this morning that the advertising is clear that it is not built in, the TV is compatible and you have to buy the Freesat box (no mention of this in the hardware section and nothing anywhere on the website saying that TV Tuner: Freesat HD = compatibility only. I also asked him if that was the case for every other TV of any brand advertised the same in the Currys website, of which there are many, and his answer was yes they don't have it built it .
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Updated 23rd JanLast updated 23rd Jan by jnrcocobean
Giving up on Sky - Recommendations for a 4k TV with Freesat Built In
I am driving myself mad trying to find a budget 40 or 43" TV with Freesat built in, recently posted a deal which I missed out on (don't ask) and I am kicking myself, most of the br… Read more
Same here, I like open source, with VIX, I can customize my box how I like it. Currently have Tiviar Alpha in the lounge and EDISION OS MEGA, in the bedroom. Whatever I record in the lounge I can watch in the bedroom and vice versa.
That's about 15 years ago, the more modern boxes have slots for internal HDD, the two I use both have 1TB internal HDD.
A lot now have slot in drives, 500GB for £40, 1TB for £60 or even USB drive
You have sent me down a rabbit hole now....there is some amazing kit out there, quite a fan of open source, run Linux Mint on another laptop as does my middle daughter, but I think this is for the future! Such good value! For now, it is upgrade TV over the next couple of weeks, then if funds allow, invest in a twin tuner 4k OPENViX box.
I am going to go for the Roku through Argos Ebay to take advantage of the 24 months 0% - just waiting for a bit nearer the end date! Thank you.
Updated 13th JanLast updated 13th Jan by Mendoza
Freesat/TV channels needed - advice please
As the title says! Don't have an aerial so Freeview isn't an option. Currently using old sky box with no subscription but it's terrible. Prefer not to spend too much. So any sugges… Read more
Assuming your talk talk box is Youview, and it's connected to an aerial, then yes I believe you should be able to record Freeview channels. I have the BT Youview equivalent which behaves this way. Certainly if you already have the box then try it out before shelling out any money on a new box. Nothing to lose.
I hope this thread is still alive, so I don’t have to start a new . I currently have the option of using a old sky+ box, or TalkTalk box . I was reading online, and think I can use the TalkTalk box to record, unlike the sky box, but I expect I’ve read that wrong? . if I was to buy another box, I might as well go 4k recordable, I don’t mind if it only has 500gb, WiFi enabled . I have been looking all day, and found some preowned on eBay, but I just wondered what model I should be looking for? . thank you
can you use a old TalkTalk tv box to record tv? without a TalkTalk subscription . thank you
An Openbox can be got real cheap since they are no longer used for snide Sky https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313&_nkw=Openbox+V8&_sacat=96969&LH_TitleDesc=0&LH_PrefLoc=1&_sop=15&_osacat=96969&_odkw=+hd+usb+pvr&LH_Complete=1&rt=nc&LH_Sold=1
Updated 5th JanLast updated 5th Jan by nintendofan10
Thanks guys. I will leave the box as it is and just continue to use apps via my television. Thanks again
Morals aside (you need a current subscription to connect to Virgin Media resources), they stopped the ability to view OTA channels without a subscription. You will find any VM device connected (or not) will sit at the start up screen and it can't be "hacked" to enable viewing of anything - even if you contact VM and sign up to their service the box is useless (they will send you out a new box!)
I changed my VM plan and got just broadband, they never took the vurgin box but I lost all channels, even free ones. If you live in a decent signal area buy one of these and if you are lucky I get most of the free channels. https://www.amazon.co.uk/TV-Aerial-Transparent-compatible-Amplifier/dp/B07DNXH89V/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=by+one+aerial&qid=1609871225&sprefix=By+one+&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzNVI3VE1LTEtOSVc0JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzcyNzUyMVA1MTNIV1YyVDlEVCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzMwNTEySDJJWDJVN1dSWDFFJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfcGhvbmVfc2VhcmNoX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
Thank you. So just need to find a second hand virgin media box and might be lucky to get some freeview channels. Thanks gain
Updated 30th Nov 2020Last updated 30th Nov 2020 by BlackJax
Freesat 50inch telly recommendations pls
Looking to BUY today. under 700 ish samsung or similar
Really good. I've got UFO broadband which talk talk are rolling out in a few cities. I pray 27.50 per month for 400m/b unlimited! I'm sure it will go up after the 18 month contract but we'll see.
One of our BT Youview boxes is used at our Caravan without any internet. The full TV guide still works and you set your recordings from this. Obviously Netflix is out. This box must have been in the caravan through 4 winters too and works perfectly every time we spark it back up again. One tip with intermittent usage like this is not to set any programs for series record as when you come to use it after it's been switch off for a week or two it will have loads of failed to record notices on the recordings page.
Freeview is the way to go. Channel selection is virtually identical with the only area Freesat has an advantage is news channels. Some of the channels are broadcast in better quality, some aren't. If you only watch the main channels then the biggest difference you'll see is the lack of Channel 4 HD on Freesat. Bitrate details: https://www.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.php?mux=&live=69〈=en&liste=4 https://www.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.php?mux=BBCB-PSB3&liste=2&live=9〈=en You're also limited to just a single choice of Freesat box.
Nope. They can work as a standard Freeview recorder (using tv aerial) with a TV guide, 500gb - 1tb hard drive, dual tuners etc so they don’t have be online but you only get Freeview Play (access to catch up services from the TV guide) functionality when connected to the internet. Just note these don’t have WiFi so you’ll have to use ethernet cable or WiFi adapter to use online.
To confirm, is that purely internet provided Freeview, so like catch up?
Updated 12th Jul 2020Last updated 12th Jul 2020 by tim28
43” TV with FreeSat built in
Hi, Can anyone recommend a decent 43” tv, must have the sat cable input and freesat as it’s for a holiday home (and I don’t want a separate free sat box). Budget around £500 ish… Read more
Just received a Quote and I got Quote £185 for the parts and Labour for 2 rooms or £140 for one room. I am guessing the prices re reasonable...?
I’m questioning do I need a recordable Freesat box or just make do with catchup services on my Firestick and get the non recording box. Presuming 4 Demand and 5 Demand or whatever they are called are in HD?
I guess TV Classic is still a thing!
You have a dish - the dish bounces that signal to the bit at the end of the stick in front of it (the LNB) - the cables come from the LNB and go through your wall and into your TV/Sky box etc.
Ok so what’s the benefit of having LNB cables? Apologies I don’t know a lot about it...all I know is that I want to get rid of Sky.
Updated 1st Jun 2020Last updated 1st Jun 2020 by DOK
Inbuilt freesat tv
Hiello. I am looking to buy a new tv and have come across some samsung models with inbuilt freesat tuners. Now, I will be moving to West Africa in 6months time and I am wondering… Read more
Thanks all. Useful info @marshall-stephens the model i'm considering is also samsung so should be similar
We have a Samsung TV with Freesat, but when setting up you get the option of scanning for all available channels or just those on Freesat - so I would imagine it should work without any problems. Obviously when you’re setting it up you may need to select where you are in the World.
"Freesat" is s UK only satellite broadcasting array of channels and is akin to a satellite preset for ease of installation. I have a separate Humax box that receives it. My box also has a setting for standard satellite, but I lose the EPG if I switch to it. Might I suggest you contact a West African satellite installer and ask them, or maybe an expats forum
I remember having to pick ya satellite and had a few options , so it might be, tho the channels won't come with a nice epg and in order
Updated 22nd Feb 2020Last updated 22nd Feb 2020 by CatsWithThumbs
What is best to get installed a tv aerial for freeview or a dish for freesat?
I have had a look for couple of hours and still not sure which is the better one to go for ? Will freesat get a lot more channels compared to freeview as time goes on ? Particular… Read more
Just a point re Youview, I've had a BT-branded youview box for a few years now and it's worked really well for me - however you may see reference to an App from which you can set recordings remotely when you're out and about. Support for this has just been withdrawn so if this is important to you, I'd suggest looking for something else. If not then it's hard to find a better value box.
Neither. All of the major broadcasters except Sky offer catch-up apps (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV, CBS) and youview have most, possibly all, of them. The minor broadcasters don't have catch-up available, though so you don't have the facility for all channels. A good quality aerial runs to around £30 and maybe £30 for the brackets, pole, fixings, wire and so on if outdoors. If it's going in the loft you can get away with cheaper stuff as it's not going to need to stand up to wind, hail, birds and so on for the next couple of decades. I've no idea what the labour costs are like, I suspect it's house and location dependant.
I have freesat in the bedroom. Handy as I can just ftp to it and copy videos over to it or connect to it away from home. But I'd still go for freeview aerial if I didn't already have the cables there.
Is the catchup on every single channel? Or is just a very select few?
You view plus is the box you want it will record as its equipped with a twin tuner and a hdd, and if you connect it to the Internet then you can get catchup TV and Netflix, talk talk or bt branded boxes are pretty cheap from cex. See Here for example, or maybe something like This one, I don't have any experience with the bt box tho
Updated 24th Dec 2019Last updated 24th Dec 2019 by jr007
Does the John Lewis 55JL9000 LED HD come with Freesat?
Hi Guys, We are tempted by the John Lewis 55JL9000 LED HD TV that has been advertised on here recently and popped into John Lewis to check it out. The TV has a satellite connection… Read more
It does come with a satellite tuner built in. Sorry 4 years too late. Was just looking at the price as I’m selling mine now!
Hi eslick, Thanks for the response, I read through the spec but did notice on the back of the actual TV that there is also a satellite point as well: https://www.avforums.com/styles/avf/editorial/products/bde4af6c5234d45382cb364e06dfcef4_8802.jpg I realise that it wont be branded Freesat e.g. the EPG but just wondered if it picked up satelllite channels? Sara :)
no freesat - Number of tuners 1 (Freeview HD) yes to usb - External USB recording and playback its all half way down the page http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-55jl9000-led-hd-1080p-3d-smart-tv-55-with-freeview-hd-2x-3d-glasses/p1411128
Updated 26th Nov 2019Last updated 26th Nov 2019 by Pricklerickle
advice on freesat
so my TV has input for satellite, but not the software to put normal channel numbers so been looking at Freesat boxes just to watch TV, I already have everything else for apps. so… Read more
We have freesat and freeview on the TV + a youview box and I'm beginning to think none of them after C4 HD was withdrawn on satellite and youview imposed their new buggy and awkward interface on our box. My brother owns an enigma 2 based sat box he picked up second hand, and he also has tvheadend running on an old laptop with a couple of TV tuners plugged in. Recordings made on his box can be played back on other devices, it can also stream to other devices, he can plug in a USB terrestrial TV dongle and record/play freeview channels too. It can still get Channel 4 HD on satellite.
For those up for installing a satellite dish themselves, it could be the cheaper option unless you live in an area good enough to get away with a loft aerial, or own a roof ladder.
It depends which one is cheaper to get First think first: what do you have available now ? you may find that you can recycle some bits, and so reducing the cost.
Yes, I believe so.
So a better picture then?
Updated 3rd Nov 2019Last updated 3rd Nov 2019 by christopherwhiteis1
I'll not totally sure to be honest about the progressive thing.... Freesat doesn't have channel 4 hd but it's available on free to air (can be tuned manually on a freesat box, but I went for the zgemma as cheaper and will be in sequence in EPG.) There's no catch up TV on it which is prob the main disadvantage, there used to be one available but they guy who made the add on was getting too much hassle and complaints from thankless people so just shares it with friends and family now
I thought Freesat has more HD channels? What does that mean Freeview channels are progressive? What does that make the Freeview ones?
Just a follow up here I bought the Zgemma H9S2 for £64 and delighted with it. I've got wooshbuild on the box, sky Q clone skin with all the free to air station. A lot cheaper than a freesat equivalent, have a 256gb sd card in it for recording and you get Channel 4 HD with 7 day epg for all stations, would highly recommend. Got a dual sat tuner version to future proof myself, only one sat line available where I'm living now.
https://www.satandpcguy.com/2018/02/20/how-to-add-c4hd-to-your-humax-freesat-box/ Also can use a Technomate 5402 hd and get ch4 hd and 7 day epg on there.
Get 7 day eog but not channel 4 in HD. It is in HD on nowtv catchup.
Updated 30th Oct 2019Last updated 30th Oct 2019 by googley2
Freesat, freeview, Youview, etc and box recommendations
Hi, I've just moved house and I'm looking at options for TV broadcasts. I tend to use a Roku or Chromecast for a majority of the programs and films, but want the option to watch l… Read more
I got this one which wasnt quite correct as there are two similar types and the engineer swopped it for me. Also you have to buy the holder separate but we used cable ties as didnt have time for postage again. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/INVERTO-Premium-Twin-Output-Satellite-LNB-Black/202659634191?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
Been really pleased with second hand BT 4k Youview box bought off Fleabay a couple of years back. Good up scaled picture and quality recordings.
What was the name of this adapter you purchased? I am intriqued. All I can think of is you had a non hybrid q lnb and you purchased a qual lnb?
I recently left Sky due to the pricing. I tried a freeview box and it wouldnt work. I then had to get a Freesat box which would only work after an adapter had been put on the sky dish. An engineer did it for me but I purchased the adapter off Amazon for around £15 as engineers sell them from £30 - £60. I think you may find yourself in the same situation. If its satellite cable freeview wont work, if its just normal aerial freeview will work. Got any mates who would know??
More than likeky quad lnb for sky connection. Sky plus etc. Even if was sky q prob has hybrid LNB.
Updated 8th Sep 2019Last updated 8th Sep 2019 by cliosport65
Using freesat with a sky sattelite dish
Hi people. I am considering getting sky for 12 month and then cancelling and using the dish for a freesat box. Will I have any issues with the lnb as it will be a sky q box I will … Read more
Thanks but I opted to buy the dish from eBay for £30 and install myself (highfive) (highfive) (highfive)
You can get friends and family discount which is 40% off all packages. Just go on twitter and type sky friends and family codes. Load sof people are giving them away.
At our old house we got sky to install the dish had the box for a year then cancelled and the best bit it was free as used topcashback when they had a decent amount of cashback all the good deals have gone now (highfive) (highfive)
I don't know about you on the ladder, but seriously it's very simple to install it.
No chance of getting me on a ladder never mind installing a dish (lol) (lol)
Updated 21st Jul 2019Last updated 21st Jul 2019 by 4Real2016
There are network attached devices for freeview like the HDHomeRun, so you could watch freeview tv on say a Fire TV Stick, or any number of devices. But it might not have the functionality your after and they charge for the DVR option when using their app. A lot of poeple use them with Plex but your need a Plex Pass to use it as a DVR, theres lots of videos on YouTube if your interested.
Yes Roku Smart Sticks & Boxes still have the BEST & largest selection of apps ever, the new Roku 4K box was once priced at £25 in Sainsburys (which was understood to be a pricing error) some got lucky, however they are rarely seen now for less than £50, the traditional Roku boxes can be found for a as little as £15 and worth every penny. I recently sold an Old Roku 2 HD box on eBay and using a Amazon Fire 4K stick now, but still miss some of the selection of Apps I had on Roku.
Been using youview box with bt extender 1200 with Ethernet also it is amazing for speeds on 5ghz for other devices. Netflix is amazing, prime isn't too bad either! Also 2 channel simultaneous recording is possible. It's a reasonable device without being too expensive tbh
You just need one of these to receive the wifi signal and convert it to wired https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vonets-VAR11N-300-Router-Bridge-Repeater/dp/B0148NO58W/ref=pd_sim_147_1/261-6015694-4295718?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0148NO58W&pd_rd_r=a2c9e3c0-525d-4ac2-bad5-2a2d4712c7ab&pd_rd_w=879Ax&pd_rd_wg=b2L6I&pf_rd_p=1b8636ae-4f21-4403-a813-e8849dd46de4&pf_rd_r=XW8E1KP8R56JKJ663RM2&psc=1&refRID=XW8E1KP8R56JKJ663RM2 Just make sure to read the instructions to set it up as a bridge (you put in your routers name and password)
There are no WiFi YouView boxes. However you can use powerline adaptors to connect if you can't get a direct wired connection, or I believe you can also use something like a TP Link Nano Router which can be connected via cable to the YouView box and can also be powered by it using the USB connection. Haven't tried this myself but I understand from the YouView forums that there are people who use this method successfully.