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I wanted a basic set top box for my spare room a few years ago and I found the Sagem ITD58 Digital Freeview TV Receiver priced at a very reasonable (at the time, this was about 5 years ago to my memory) £24 from Argos. I must stress, I wanted a basic, no bells and whistles Freeview receiver so I could watch digital channels on the spare TV. So I didn't think spending so little would really matter, especially as I'd heard of Sagem previously, and I knew that Argos have pretty decent customer care so if there were any problems I could at the very least exchange the set top box.
So; what do you get in the box? Quite simply you get -
The Sagem ITD58 Digital Freeview TV Receiver unit (which includes a hard wired black power cable and plug)
A black scart cable (some people report not getting one of these in the box but I was pretty pleased to find one in there!)
The remote control and two very cheap AAA batteries
The unit looked pretty good at the time, I remember, sort of shell shaped, in matte grey plastic with a semi opaque black plastic shield over the red LED receiver for the remote input. There's no screen or other lights on this unit, as I say, it's very basic, but I prefer that on a small spare model as there's generally less to break. Also I have terrible sight so a little screen on the front means nothing to me!
The remote control is less impressive, even at the time the remote felt quite cheaply made of flimsy plastic and rubber. As it's for use in the spare room it has lasted, but I am quite sure it wouldn't have lasted if we were using it in our main lounge, what with the amount of times our main house remote has had drinks spilled on it and a toddler dancing on it!
It's very easy to set up using the brief set of instructions provided in the six page black and white instructional pamphlet. You need a decent aerial signal (it doesn't work very well with an indoor aerial) which is fed in by an RF cable, which you plug into the back of the set top box. You connect up the power and the scart lead, which goes into the back of your TV (make sure to check if you have a particularly old TV or even a very very new one as some older models only have RF in and some newer models only have HDMI!)
The unit has auto scan so it can pick up all the Freeview channels and radio channels automatically. The remote controls the volume but only via the Freeview box itself so I prefer to use the TV remote to control the volume as it's much more sensitive.
The Sagem Freeview box worked pretty well for a while but then it stopped updating (probably due to the age of the model) so some channels which have since changed names are still showing up on the TV guide built into the unit as their previous names (though their +1 channels appear with their new name which can be a bit confusing!)
Also, I know it was never the fastest box in the world but the lag on it from pressing a button to it actually doing something is absolutely diabolical - it can easily be up to 5 seconds so you never know if it actually got the command or not unless you wait - meaning if you want to get to channel 1 and you press it more than once you get channel 11, 111 etc, frequently. Very irritating!
Finally - there are quite a few occasions where the Sagem has given up the ghost completely and just stopped switching on at all. Now, we've had it about six years but even so it's only been sat in the spare room and used once or twice a week, it hasn't been dropped, left in the heat or the cold, switched off at the plug without being switched off at the unit first, and so on. We've treated it pretty well really, yet it has totally given up. Sometimes it will work again but it's very sporadic and really is only fit for the bin. Overall I'm not too upset since it wasn't expensive to begin with but I've had my faithful Apple Mac laptop for 9 years now and my spare mobile for 6 and they've had far more rough a time of it and are still working as good as the day I bought them. So I'm tempted to say that really if I wanted a quality unit, I really should have spent a little bit more.
I'm going to give the Sagem ITD58 Digital Freeview TV Receiver 2 stars out of five.. even when it was brand new it was a bit cheap feeling, a bit slow, and now it's a little bit older it's only served to prove how poor the quality was of it because it just hasn't lasted.
I don't think you can buy these new any more and a cheap Freeview box which is better than this one can now be bought for £10 - £15 from most supermarkets (I have one in my other spare room, it's not perfect, but it's far better than this one) but if you could I wouldn't recommend it. In fact, even if someone offered to give you one for free, I'd suggest you think twice!
This was the digibox I was running before I got a TV with freeview inbuilt. Firstly, these boxes are a nice compact size and actually quite pretty for a digibox. We had this set up between a pair of cupboards because it was so small which was absolutely great. The build quality is reasonable but nothing particularly life changing but for the price, what does anyone expect? The interface is simple to use and understand and even the most anti-technology person could make it work. The remote is a nice size and the labeling on the buttons is adequate although the buttons are quite small. Without a signal booster the box wasn't too much use to us here as some of the channels refused to work but when a signal booster was added to the chain it was fine. There were some problems however. The box did have incidents of cutting off on itself and turning back on again at odd times. Also, we found sometimes channels would just disappear and have to be retuned. Overall, this box is pretty average but its so cheap that most complaints aren't too bothersome.
When I purchased this Freeview box I was looking to receive extra channels on the TV that I have in my bedroom.
At the time of purchase this box was on offer in my local Curry's store so I decided to purchase the box.
My initial reactions were very positive. You can tell that Sagem have put some effort into the design of the box which comfortably fits on my shelf. The box is also sold with a very useful remote - Be warned however - If you lose this remote there is no other way of operating the box (i.e. buttons on the unit).
Using the provided instructions Setup is relatively easy and I had scanned all my TV and radio stations in no time. I do like the Radio feature this box provides which brings up an animation of a radio on screen allowing a visual tuning. The Freeview box also includes an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) which allows you to see what time your favourite programmes are on.
The Freeview box also has a parental control setting for those parents that want to have some control over their children's viewing habits.
- Problems -
The main issue I have with this box is that it seems to regularly freeze when there is a glitch in signal. The box will just shut down and restart for no apparent reason!
My brother also has a Freeview box which was actually cheaper from Tesco. He uses the same antenna and can receive more channels and a more consistent reception - Is this box really worth the extra money?
- Summary -
I guess this really is a case of you get what you pay for. On the whole this box does do a good job but I am afraid to say that the faults outweigh the positive points. I would definitely consider another model or brand!
Before we got Sky this was our Freeview box. It has now been relegated to the bed room but still does the job.
We bought this for £29.99 but that was a good few years ago now and they have come down dramatically in price since then.
There is a lot of choice for set top boxes but we chose this one as it was small and quite stylish looking. I didnt want one of them horrible big black boxes sat in the living room.
Installation for this set top box was easy enough. Just 2 wires and one plug to sort out and within 15 minutes it had tuned in all the freeview channels. You didn't really need the instructions but they appeared to be well thought out and simple to follow - not 100 pags of rubbish that so many electrical appliances come with.
Once turned on you realise that it is a cheaper option to some other set top boxes. The guide on the screen is jumpy and often flicks on and off showing the message 'no information'. This is really annoying when you want to find out whats on.
After around a week the box also started playing up and freezing. I checked the manual and even rang the helpline but the problem still exists even now. All you can do is turn it off and on at the wall.
Overall not the best freeview box. Pay a little more for less problems. Not recmmended.
When I first got a freeview box which was a good few years ago, this was the one I purchased because of what it offered and also because of the price that it was available at. I was looking for something which was better than standard TV and offered a few extra channels and this seemed to tick the box.
This was purchased for £25 if I remember rightly. I thought that for the extra channels you get it was a good price because there is no monthly payment and instead just a one off. So for this price you really can't complain it is to expensive to purchase like some others which are £80+.
The extra channels you got in this box were actually pretty good. Some of the channels I can remember were:
Sky Sports News
Quality of Freeview Box
If I am being honest the quality of the box was not something to be desired in the slightest. You could tell it was very cheaply made and looked like if you dropped it the box would break into a million different pieces. I suppose with only paying £24.99 for it you wouldn't expect it to be made out of gold but surely something a little better than what this was.
Sometimes if you where watching something a channel would just lose it's signal. This would be expected maybe if it was raining outside at big speeds, not if it's sunny and the only water you see in sight is the bottle next to you. This became frustrating as it would just randomly turn off and would take a good 10minutes to come back on. It started to become a constant pain and I ended up throwing this in the bin and purchasing another one for more money.
I would say that for the price you can't expect something which will last you year after year. With that beign said you do expect something to stay on long enough so you can see the end of the program you are wanting to watch. My recommendation would be to add extra money and by one which you know will last the course because i very much doubt this one will be able to do that.
The Sagem IDT58 digital set top box is a pretty cheap, small and pretty easy to use Freeview TV receiver. It's currently going for about twenty to twenty five pounds at Argos and Currys at the moment.
So what do you expect from this machine? Well, as a Freeview TV set top box, it does exactly what you want it to. Comes with two Scart plugs and a aerial one it sets up nice and easy - all you do is plug it in, and wait for the automatic installation to do it all for you. Within a few minutes you'll be watching your free channels with glee.
The product is quite small, and incredibly flat. Width-wise, it's just under 30 cm and is about 15 cm length, and will sit nicely on top of your TV, DVD player or just about anywhere that's flat enough as it is pretty light.
However, I found the quality of the box, or rather the software in the box to be quite disappointing. While it certainly does what it says, you also expect some other things, too, like a program guide (which it does not have, leaving you to tediously go through all the channels to see what's on) and sometimes it does annoying glitchy things like freeze, mute the sound (which you have to switch channels before it works again) and lose reception when there isn't anything wrong with the aerial.
The remote control is easy enough to get accustomed to. It's always a bit of a drag at first, but that's the same with every remote. The functions you expect are all there, and the remote even has a pretty nifty Radio button which lets you browse through stations much easier, and I found myself listening to it much more often than I otherwise used to.
Overall, it's the not the best. In fact, it's far from being the best, with the lack of TV guide being one of the biggest disappointments. You can get better ones now for even less than 25 pounds, so I'd say go for one of those.
I have had this sagem set top box in my kitchen for the last 3-4 years. The box is quite small itself which is an advantage as there is little space in the kitchen. It comes with a fairly small and simple remote control. All of the freeview channels are received on this box and it works with the "red button" feature. The current and next programs are displayed at the bottom of the screen when first visiting each channel, but there is no full electronic programming guide.
However, this box does have the tendency to overheat. I leave the box on standby when not in use but when flicking through channels it can suddenly freeze or switch off. This can be frustrating and requires the box to be unplugged and switched on again. On the plus size the box is very fast to reset itself in such event.
A useful feature is the "back" button, this allows you to return to the previous channel you were watching, meaning it is easy to flick between two channels. But this can sometimes cause the box to freeze.
I have now tried two ITD59NG eco boxes from comet. I took the first one back after 5 days because it kept turning the picture into large squares and sometimes locked up. The second one does a simmilar thing and will be going back to be changed for something not made by sagem. Shame really as whilst it was working properly it was fine. programme guide is OK low power useage was an attractive feature. Its all no good if it doesnt work consistently. Hopefully paying a bit more will result in a box that will give me a clean picture all the time not just some of it!
The Sagem digital box is a cheap box and is very handy for the digital switch over. It is at the price of £24 at Argos. It has a good layout and is ok to use but read the instructions beforehand. It is easy to wire up to your TV and looks nice next to any TV.
The remote control is ok to use but not as good as others. It only responds when directly in front of it. The remote can confuse you at times and do things that you don't want it to do. Like all of the sky remote series it doesn't have an AV button.
The packaging it comes in is good compared to others. The box itself had no buttons on it so if you lost the remote you can not use it. If you want a good and cheap digital box the sagem digital box is the best to go for.
It's time for me to have a declutter so I thought I would review my old freeview box before it goes into the bag for the charity shop.
Sagem isn't well known for their electrical products but I previously had a sagem phone which was brilliant so decided to give their freeview box a try. It currently costs £24.99 but was £35 when I bought it.
The good part of the box is its small size, meaning it doesnt take up much space but it also makes it really light and prone to slipping around if you tug at the cables. It is easy to set up, just attach it to your TV using a scart lead and press the buttons to tune the channels.
Unfortunately the box wasn't so easy to use. The reception on it was certainly good enough but I found it would freeze frequently and need to be rebooted often.
The remote control was easy to use, a major flaw with this box though was the fact you did not have a channel guide, you had to flick through all of the channels to see what was on whcih is unforgivable as it wasn't a budget model.
One good part of it was the dedicated radio button which when you pressed it went to the radio guide. It's actually better than my BT vision box in terms of radio with more channels available and it tells you what show and track is playing too.
I've reaslised that even if my BT vision box gives up the ghost then I'd rather go out and buy a decent cheap freeview box than use this again so it's time for it to go to free up some space. Overall a poor buy, theres far better freeview boxes out there for a similar or lower price which have much better features as well as a small size.