With the inevitable switch over to Digital TV, I decided to purchase a cheap Freeview box for my TV in the bedroom. As I only tend to watch TV for about half an hour before going to sleep, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the box.
STYLE & DESIGN:
The box is very compact and sits comfortably on top of my TV. It has a very slender design and has a small red light to indicate that the power is on. The box is very light at only 998g so can easily be moved between TV's around the house if need be.
Amazon.co.uk have summarised the product features as follows:
* Category: Receiver
* Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
* Free-to-Air: Yes
* Number of Receivers: 1
* Number of Scart Interfaces: 3
* Number of Tuners: 1
* Reception Standard: Digital
* Signal Source: Terrestrial Receiver
* Terrestrial: FTA Upgradeable
This little box of tricks was really easy to install. I just needed to connect the power cord to the back of the box and then connect a scart lead from the box to the TV. I switched on the TV flicked over to the aux channel and then selected the automatic set-up option.
The box scanned all available channels which took about 5 minutes and then I was free to start flicking through the various channels.
The box comes with a remote control which is fairly small. The buttons feel very rubbery and are sometimes hard to press down. The remote takes two x AA batteries which seem to last a long time based on my current usage.
The box has an electronic TV guide built in but I find it very slow and it will only display the programmes on now and next across all channels. In order to view times for programmes that are on much later, you have to go into a separate menu which is controlled using the coloured buttons on the remote control. I have found this to be quite annoying especially as I am used to an instant service on my main TV.
I have found this box to be great value at only £30 so can't complain too much about the couple of gripes above. It certainly does the job but would not be great for HD TV's as there is no option to connect a HDMI lead. It is a good interim solution to bridge the gap until I buy a small HD TV for the bedroom.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
After deciding that just having 5 channels wouldn't do, I realised that i needed to invest in a freeview box. I bought the Philips DTR210 set top box from my local Tesco store for £24.99
The set top box came with an adapter, remote and instructions. There was no scart lead included, but like most people these days we have a drawer full of such things, so it wasn't too much of a problem.
Setting the box up was very simple. A scart lead from the television to one of the boxes two scart slots, plug an aerial into the back as well as the adapter, switch the thing on and away we go.
The installation pretty much took care of itself. It took about 5 minutes to find all the channels. Such channels included BBC 3, E4, More4, Dave, TMF and UKTV History. As well as the normal terrestrial channels and several +1 channels, in case you miss a show and want to catch it an hour later.
The remote has all the functions you'd expect, and batteries are included. In terms of design, the box is quite attractive. Its black with quite a large Philips logo on top. It's also reasonably small, around 25cm in width and 3cm high so it can be hidden away if need be.
As far as performance goes, this box has worked quite well. Occasionally you will get some distortion of colour or sound, but nothing too dramatic.
I would definitely recommend this box. It's a great alternative to paying for a sky or virgin subscription is you only want a bit more choice when it comes to your TV viewing.
I picked this Freeview box up for my bedroom portable television, as it was relatively inexpensive and seemed like a quality product. It is impressive - small, so fits nicely onto of the television. Set up was easy and done in a few minutes. The remote control is small and functional, although the buttons are not the most ergonomic! The picture and sound quality are good, and the box and menu systems are easy to navigate around. Essentially, it does exactly what you'd expect it to do. It handles weak signals well (I'm in a weak signal area), and very rarely crashes. If you set the box timer, it locks the remote control, so if you're using the timer to record to a VCR, there's no risk you'll miss that favourite programme. It does appear to handle Channel 4's channels oddly compared to other Freeview boxes - although my TV and settings are 4:3, it always displays Channel 4 channels in letterbox 16:9, which is odd, and mildly irritating. But otherwise, a good product.
I got this set top box for Christmas a year ago.
Although when i looked in to freeview in my area it said that it was not possible to recieve it in my area and hopefully they would try and inprove it in the future. So i left it at that gutted that i could not get freeview.
I then went to see one of my neighbours a few weeks afterwards and i was shocked they live three doors down and have freeview and recieve signal for most of the channels.
So obviously on my christmas list went a freeview box. This was the one that i got a Phillips DTR210 set top box. In the box came a remote control and batteries as well as the set top box and a adapter. All this came in the box for around £35.00
The channels that you get on freeview are BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV 1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Film 4, Channel 5, BBCi, CITV, CBeebies, CBBC, Five Life, Five US, Sky News, Sky 3, Sky Sports News, BBC News 24, BBC Parliament, UK TV History, Dave, TMF, The Hits, Virgin 1, QVC and many more radio stations and shopping channels.
This was really easy to connect and tune in although i did have to buy an extra ariel connector so that i could make a circuit from my aerial to the freeview box then the extra cable i had to buy went from my freeview box to my telly as if i did not have this cable i was unable to watch normal telly on my tv.
The only disadvantage to my freeview is that i cannot receive channel 5 or any of its new channels. So i have to revert back to normally telly which is a nightmare especially as channel five now has neighbours and home and away, i tend to watch five a lot more than before i got freeview.
Always make sure that every now and again you run an update on you box as they are forever getting new channels and if you do not update it you do not get the channel.
I would recommend that you buy a freeview box and with the price that you can get them for these days and even if freeview says that you do not get signal i would give it a try as the likelyhood is that you will receive some of the channels anyway and for a one off price its a bargain.