Best Freeview Box for Tivo ?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Mike Griffiths, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Mike Griffiths

    Mike Griffiths griffo

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    Do you know a Freeview box that is solid and reliable that Tivo is also happy with ?

    I wonder if the old Digiboxes would be a good buy, Sony, Pioneer, Panasonic etc.

    My current Panasonic TU-CT20 is dropping for a few seconds then a few minutes at a time, unless I turn it off for a while. It needs turning off once a week to avoid freezing anyway ! Sounds like it's on it's way out
    Thought Panasonic would be a safe name to buy, but see their Freeview boxes are not well thought of. The feedback on Amazon for the current TC-CT41 is horrid

    Ebay have loads of 2nd hand boxes at low prices.

    Any supermarket seems to have them from £20 upwards but I wonder how Tivo would be

    Gary has a few pointers in TiVoPortal

    Any recommendations welcome
    Thanks

    Mike
     
  2. Benedict

    Benedict Always Thinking!

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    I have an old Sony OnDigital digibox and it's fantastic with TiVo - although it's not the best if you live in an area with a weak signal..

    The software predates any MHEG functionality so no annoying "Press Red" icons.

    Worth a look if you can find one second hand.
     
  3. Fred Smith

    Fred Smith Still learning

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    Any Setpal, again second hand.

    PS do a search this has been covered many times.
     
  4. Mike Griffiths

    Mike Griffiths griffo

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    Thanks Benedict,
    I wondered if the Digiboxes would be a good bet
    We're in a not so good reception area, although improved recently with a new aerial and amplifier

    Thank Fred
    I'll work out how to search and go looking
     
  5. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Gary's list of freeview boxes and codes:
    http://www.garysargent.co.uk/tivo/stb.htm

    Newer freeview boxes can also be better visual quality,
    something I was surprised at when I bought a new one...
     
  6. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    Well at the risk of...well actually... completely repeating myself again the Wharfedale DV832B (2) Freeview box from Argos is a good bet for me in a poor signal area.
    Never missed a channel change in about 9 months, drops sound for 1/2 a second but not picture on impulse interference - better than my old Philips OnDigital box by a streak.
    The only real problem is once every 3 or 4 months it will lose sound on a channel change. Another channel change (or quick on/off) restores things so the worst I've lost is one mute recording. More reliable than any of my old cable boxes.
    £25 - http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5320503.htm
     

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