Product Type: Thomson set top boxes
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Freeview Box - Not worth getting. Too many problems.
Thomson DTI 6300
Member Name: twinkypoo
Thomson DTI 6300
Advantages: Looks good.
Disadvantages: Doesn't work. Facilities are broken.
So, at first sights this box seems to give you everything you could want from an expensive TV subscription for a one off payment, it can record two channels at once, has the facility to pause and rewind live TV as it is broadcast, and save programs for later viewing. As well as allowing you to watch all of the many freeview channels in good quality. On top of this it has the facility for top-up TV to be enabled, however I have never used this service and therefore cannot comment on the reliability of it.
Firstly, I bought this box a while back, a few years in fact, at that time the features available were quite admirable, and I was excited to have such abilities without a subscription HOWEVER there are many, many faults with this device. The pausing and rewinding facility are completely unreliable, in fact I don't think I have ever used it successfully. On many occasions after having paused live tv it jumps straight to the live broadcast when I choose to resume. This completely defeats the objective of course, on other occasions it have completely confused the system and I had to turn the box off and then on again to force it into 'forgetting' the whole pause/resume cycle that I had started.
With regard to recording one channel whilst watching another this facility does work well, very well in fact, it's very useful for those days where every channel seems to be playing something you are dying to see, you can just record the one and watch the other (or indeed record them both and watch them both back later) once again the pause, rewind and fast forward facilities are the let down for the box, as even with recorded programs they are faulty and can completely mess up your experience, or on occasions just not work at all.
As you can see from photos of the product, it is perfectly pleasing on the eye and very sleek. The remote works well, it's not chunky and it doesn't have too many buttons to get confused with (at least I don't think so).
Regarding the digital switch over which seems to have made certain freeview boxes fail entirely, throwing channels to random numbers or not getting them at all, in my area (the south) the start of this switch over hasn't caused problems and the box still works, with all the correct channels on the correct number, with EPG information working for all of them.
Overall, I only advise you get this box if it is on a VERY special price, and only for use as a freeview box rather than for it's advertised rewind and pause facilities, because they are simply useless.
Summary: Awful for use as a live pause, rewind and recording box.
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