Free to View

  cara 02:18 13 Dec 2003

What to look for in a 'free to view' receiver please? Any 'must haves' or are they all pretty similar?

Thanks in advance

  hugh-265156 03:06 13 Dec 2003

i have sky but the basics i would want are an EPG,a minimum of two scart sockets(RGB),stereo phono outputs for connection to an amplifier,digital teletext,parental lock if you have kids and the facility to change the screen aspect ratio between 4:3 and 16:9

you will probally find all that as standard on most boxes though and then some extras.

what it probally comes down to is if it has easy to use nice looking on screen menus EPG and the styling of the box,layout of remote control buttons etc.

  ronh 03:33 13 Dec 2003

There's a mag called T3, the current editioon of which carries short reviews of a few boxes. The one they recommend for connectivity & quality is the Phillips DTR1500 @ £100. Alternatively, if you don't need digital audio output, the Samsung SIR-U2001, also at around £100 is supposed to look better.

  Stuartli 08:21 13 Dec 2003

We're not talking about Sky here but Freeview..:-)

The Freeview basics apply to virtually all boxes as it is software controlled including aspect ratios, parental control, composite or RGB output, active and digital text etc; two Scart sockets are a must if you have a VCR, DVD etc and an auto switching Scart box such as the one at Argos for £25 could be a useful investment.

The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) will be with us soon (page 704 has been earmarked).

Pioneer's DTR-DT100 Freeview box has just been released (around £88 including delivery from Techtronics) and includes digital sound output, virtual surround sound, screenshot grab, two Scart sockets and other features.

Got one for my son for Xmas and he's delighted with it, as I am with my very rare, class act Pioneer 2010, which was the company's original foray into ON/ITVDigital land; the DTR-DT100 is only its second Freeview box and has been well thought out.

Previously I had had the original Philips and then Nokia (triumph of style over substance) ONDigital boxes.

Freeview provides an excellent introduction to digital (terrestial in this case) television, but in most areas a wideband aerial is required to pick up the mid-channels stations.

For the price of three or four months' Sky subscriptions you get permanent digital TV and can bask in the knowledge that when analogue transmissions cease you'll be OK.

  Stuartli 08:56 13 Dec 2003

Some reviews and comments on virtually all Freeview set top boxes here:

click here

and details of the Pioneer DTR-DT100 at the manufacturer's website:

click here

  Stuartli 09:00 13 Dec 2003

The Pioneer also has Dolby® Digital Bitstream Out to ensure that it handles future Dolby® Digital broadcasts.

  March Hare 09:59 13 Dec 2003

For lots more useful info
click here

  March Hare 10:01 13 Dec 2003

Also click here

  mikef. 13:25 13 Dec 2003

The Goodmans GDB3 has just won a best buy from Which £69.50 from Argos

  hugh-265156 15:57 13 Dec 2003

Stuartli,i know its freeview.

just said i use sky but if i WAS buying a freeview box then the basics i would want would be as above. :-)

oh and i would also want a favorites function also.olso probablly standard on most boxes.

  SEASHANTY 16:03 13 Dec 2003

On your link to Pioneer and my previous one to Techtronics its DBR-TF100GB

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