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SAFC1BeerMonster

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Freeview digital tv boxes.
« on: Feb 22, 2005, 02:50 »
Not sure where to put this so I will ask here.  I am after a freeview box but do not really know where to start looking.  I have been told that some pick up more channels than others regardless of the strength of your ariel.  Is this true?

I have seen some go for less than ?30 yet others sell for up to ?100.  The latter is normaly a top branded name.  Due to my experience with DVD players the brand does not seem to matter.  The cheaper the better in my eyes as they seem to play almost anything you throw at them.  How does this compare with these freeview boxes?

Has anyone bought a freeview box in the last 3 months?

If so how good is it and how much did it cost?

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« Reply #1 on: Feb 22, 2005, 10:23 »
I had a Goodmans GDB5, it was ok and when living in Ferryhill it picked up all channels, even on an indoor aerial. It started to go wrong though and it was because of a software problem, it started switching itself off etc. I now have a Thomson top up tv compatible box. This is better and easier to use although I dont receive all channels down here in Redcar. This is just because of the signal strength here. In Ferryhill it is a very strong signal and if you are going to use a normal rooftop aerial you should have no problems at all.

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 22, 2005, 10:25 »
Sorry, I forgot to mention, as for cost, the new Thomson one was ?80. You can get them a lot cheaper than that though and they all pick up the same amount of channels. The only difference to me is that some are more user friendly than others.

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 22, 2005, 11:06 »
Get one that has a card slot. That way you can subscribe to Top UP TV if you decide you want to.

I got a combined TV/DAB unit without a slot and then realised some of the channels were not available.

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gregjswain

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 22, 2005, 13:32 »
I had a Sagem box which died on me, kept restarting etc, I now have an Audioline box, only cost me ?40 from Asda, has been fine so far.

Top-up TV is fine if you want it, but otherwise I'd get the cheapest model out there, and make sure it comes with at least 1yr guarantee.

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SAFC1BeerMonster

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« Reply #5 on: Feb 23, 2005, 00:53 »
Cheers all.  Welcome back Chomp.  Let me know when your next up and we'll have a drink or two.

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Chompish

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 23, 2005, 10:55 »
Cheers mate, I have left a couple of messages in your private thingy. Regarding this subject, there is a box in Argos for ?34.99 but it isnt digital interactive so you cannot press the red button etc, the next one up is a Sagem one for ?39.99 and this is compatible.

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Chris

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« Reply #7 on: Feb 23, 2005, 12:35 »
Certainly make sure that you get one with an interactive card slot, and check on the http://www.freeview.co.uk/ website to make sure that you can get coverage. Don't take their word for it if they say that you need a new aerial either - often this turns out to be not the case.

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 23, 2005, 13:02 »
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Not sure where to put this so I will ask here.  I am after a freeview box but do not really know where to start looking.  I have been told that some pick up more channels than others regardless of the strength of your ariel.  Is this true?


You mean that you people watch T.V.? I can't think of many things more boring.

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 23, 2005, 17:00 »
I got a Panasonic from Leonards in Ferryhill (?89), in August.

I'm not too happy with it (or them, but that's a long story).

Reception in Ferryhill was poor until I got a new aerial.

It is OK but nowt startling. It keeps losing channels and I have to reset it.

For the amount I watch the few extra channels it was hardly worth it.

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SAFC1BeerMonster

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« Reply #10 on: Mar 01, 2005, 14:25 »
Went to the Metro last week and bought the Sagem one for ?39.99, I don't need a card slot as I will be going back to sky once I get a more permanent address.

But guess what?  The box is naff.  The think keeps switching itself off and then freezes on off for a few minutes.  It turns itself on again after a few minutes and then sticks to the last channel it was on for about 5 minutes.  I can't change anything when it's like this.  It worked ok for the the first couple of days.  Now it is pants so it is going back.  Looks like I will change it for the Goodmans one which is only ?5 more.

I never used to have this problem with any sky boxes and I have had about 6 of those.  Why all the problems with these freeview boxes?  Anyone with any answers?

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Chris

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« Reply #11 on: Mar 01, 2005, 14:31 »
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I never used to have this problem with any sky boxes and I have had about 6 of those. Why all the problems with these freeview boxes? Anyone with any answers?

Well they are just chucked together the cheap ones.

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