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Digital terrestrial decoder.

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      30.09.2003 16:52
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      I originally wanted digital TV for the true widescreen signal. But I didn't want to pay a monthly subscription cost. A while back I bought a Sky system, one off payment, and this entitled me to freeview. I didn't get all the fancy channels, but I was happy. Just recently though Sky / BBC have stopped providing freeview, for non BBC channels. This meant I lost ITV, Channel 4, etc. After looking into digital terrestrial decoders it seemed that the Nokia 221T had won the most accolades. It receives praise on lots of different websites. Indeed it has won more "Best Buy" awards than any other manufacturer. One of the aspects that appealed to me was the Dolby digital coaxial output. This means that you can connect the box up to your digital decoder and in the future receive 5.1 sound! You get Digital text and the interactive services, such as press the red button. The picture quality is superb, though I did need a new aerial (£100), and is better than my ex-Sky system. It is bordering on DVD quality. Unlike my Sky system the signal informs my TV whether it is receiving 4:3, letterbox or widescreen, so that it autoformats the image. You also have access to lots of digital radio stations, giving you CD quality music. The menu system is different but very easy to use. You have up to 8 personal favourite lists. The device was easy to install. It has rf loop and twin scart sockets. On the negative side. I do find that I get picture interference about once every hour on average, you know that digital loss of picture / freezing for a moment of the images. Also the decoder will seize up about once an hour, with it not responding to the remote control for a few moments. The little red light on the Nokia chooses not to acknowledge your button pressing. None of these problems are that serious, but digital TV devices seem to all have these faults, and I don't really understand why.
      Overall I would say that I am very happy. For more information about the Nokia take a look at: http://www.nokia.co.uk/nokia/0,6771,18349,00.html For details about Freeview and what you receive then go here: http://www.freeview.co.uk/

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