Product Type: Samsung set top boxes
Newest Review: ... in a large cardboard box with lots of polystyrene packaging a remote control and an instruction leaflet; however we had a man from NTL ... more
Needs updated but has had a long life
Member Name: ROMEHEREWECOME
Advantages: reliable, long life
Disadvantages: gets hot easily, a little out of date
Our Samsung box not only supplies us with the regular terrestrial channels such as BBC and channel 4, but also with virgin media or NTL cable. When I was about ten years old my parents made the switch over on our television from having four/five of the standard channels to maybe 30 with a little NTL box which was small and black. It seemed a common occurrence around then to update your television service and gain some more new and interesting channels. However when I entered my later teenage years the little black box gave up the ghost, this resulted in getting our new Samsung digibox through Ntl which has the XLarge package which includes music channels, kids channels, comedy channels and the natural geographic and history package.
The digibox came in a large cardboard box with lots of polystyrene packaging a remote control and an instruction leaflet; however we had a man from NTL come out and install it for us so the setup was not complicated. I suppose if it was just the standard box with freeview on it, it would be pretty simple anyway as it is connected via a standard skart lead which can be purchased anywhere.
The remote control we were not happy with however as the writing on it telling you what button did what wore down fairly quickly, buttons became sticky and it pretty much stopped working after a while, though as soon as virgin media took over this was soon replaced without too much difficulty. The remote runs on two triple A batteries which is a little old fashioned these days in that most things now function on double As
The box itself
The box itself is silver in colour maybe four inches high and generally smaller than the majority of videotape players so is quite smart and fits neatly into most television cabinets. It has a little front screen which displays the channel numbers in digital green much like a clock radio and a large on and off button that also glows green when it is on , red when starting up or on standby or not on at all when off or unplugged. It also contains basic back and forward buttons on its front though we have never had to use these as the remote control holds most of the power. There is a little card slot in the bottom left hand corner to apply your channel or service cards.
In general the box gives a good picture, though sometimes things do become pixelated, though I would blame the virgin media service for this over the box itself, It also does not pick up HD channels as it is quite old nor does it always pick up RTE. Network2 or TG4 which can be a bit frustrating when there is a big match on or a new movie.
However it is definitely easy to use, though it does get very hot so I would definitely say to turn it off every night if you don't already turn off all your electrical products as I would worry about it. I remembered with our last the machine became so hot that the channel card actually melted and I think that this lead to the death of our last box.
The box itself had one payment to install it though because we are supplied with virgin media/NTL we have to pay a monthly fee for all the extras and the broadband.
I don't actually know if this box is available any longer but me and my family have had a very good experience with it and would recommend it rather highly, providing you look after it.
Summary: A good little machine
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