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Slow to respond - Freesat Box
Sagem DTR 94320S
Member Name: chrisheels
Sagem DTR 94320S
Advantages: cheap, records TV
Disadvantages: slow response on menu
I bought this box from Currys when buying a load of things to furnish a new house. It was the cheapest available in the shop at the time that incorporated free sat and a recording function.
The box is slimline and stylish enough for my needs. It's made from a dark grey plastic and looks fine where it is positioned in my living room (on a fairly prominent shelf on top of the aplifier for my surround sound system.
The box plugs into a satellite dish connection. I chose to go for this as I don;t watch a lot of television and therefore didn;t want to commit to a sky package, however had a pre-existing sattellite connection in the house I bought and fancied a few extra channels. The box gives access to aver 150 channels (most of which don't have much worth watching on them). Some of the included channels that I do make occasional use of include: BBC 3, Scuzz music channel (and some other mostly pop channels), E4 and film four. There are several shopping channels, a few music and news channels, loads of radio stations and quite a bit more that I don't really use.
The box is easy to set up and once plugged into the back of the TV very easy to activate and search for channels using the on sceen guide.
The box is quite slow to load up after turning on and it takes a while for the channel menu to become usable. It is also quite slow to navigate around the menu as the box seems to take a long time 'thinking' and loading up the program list.
A remote is included which is very similar to an old digital set top box I had and I woul imagine is similar to most others. The layout is intuitive and easy to figure out.
The recording function was the main reason I chose this box and it works well and is easy to operate. It even allows you to pause live television and resume so that you don;t miss anything during a toilet break. I now like to start a film, press record, pause and make some tea, then resume and be able to fast forward through the adverts.
The box is £160 pounds at amazon at the moment. This is about what I paid in Febuary so it doesn;t appear to have dropped. It appears from a quick web search that other brands are available for about £140 with a similar spec.
The cheaper end of freesat recorders. Due to the slow response of the menu I would advise trying something else.
Summary: reasonable, but slow reponse on the menu