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Métronic Eco Zapbox 2

Freeview (DVB-T)

"... The remote design is functional, but we'd have preferred larger, more clearly signposted buttons for the most-used features. ... Pictures are reasonably solid and colourful with RGB …

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1 review

 

Golden Interstar GI-S980 CRCI HD
Golden Interstar GI-S980 CRCI HD

Satellite (DVB-S2); Integrated Modules / Features: EPG

"For: Some interesting features; PVR-upgradeable via USB; Fast searching and channel access. Against: HDMI not working (on test model); Can't have simultaneous SD and HD outputs; Blind …

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1 review

 

SRT7100
Strong SRT 7100

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: EPG, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

“Advantages: affordable price; IR receiver for concealed mounting; automatic channel sorting. Disadvantages: remote control has to be used with precise accuracy; USB recordings are not always …

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1 review

 

 
 
Trekstor SatCorder neptune Full-HD 1080i
Trekstor SatCorder neptune Full-HD 1080i

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: Dolby Digital, HDTV

“Off to a good start: Trekstor’s first satellite receiver is more than just externally appealing; it also boasts with topnotch image quality and sizeable menus.”

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4 reviews | 1 opinion

 

DIGIQuest 6630 + USB
DIGIQuest 6630 + USB

Satellite (DVB-S2), Satellite (Freesat & Sky)

"... For a £50 receiver, the performance cannot be faulted. Pictures from channels with strong technical standards – like the German ones on Astra 1x – are crisp and vibrant. It's difficult …

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1 review

 

Atevio AV 7000 HD PVR
Atevio AV 7000 HD PVR

Satellite (Freesat & Sky), Satellite (DVB-S2); Integrated Modules / Features: Dolby Digital, …

“Just like the AV 7000 HD from Atevio (which is also based on a Linux operating system), the switching times we measured using our reference programming list also only delivered an average result: …

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3 reviews

 

Métronic Freesat HD Kit
Métronic Freesat HD Kit

Satellite (DVB-S2), Satellite (Freesat & Sky)

"... A full scan of Freesat channels is quick ... Channel selection and menu access are similarly responsive. We're also impressed with the system's sensitivity. Despite the small …

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1 review

 

Foxsat-HD freesat
Humax Foxsat-HD

Satellite (Digital), Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: Dolby Digital, …

Personal Computer World experienced a lag with some high definition material, which they thought wasn't the best showcase for an ostensibly HD-oriented device, add in the fact that there are …

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5 reviews

 

BSkyB Sky+HD 160GB box
BSkyB Sky+HD 160GB box

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback), …

Not only is 160GB a huge improvement over the original Sky+ box's 40GB storage, but the entire user-interface has been hugely improved too. According to Electric Pig, Sky only really suffers …

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1 review | 69 opinions

 

HD Home Run
SiliconDust HDHomeRun

External TV / Video Card; Cable (DVB-C), Antenna (DVB-T)

"Pros: Innovative way of getting Freeview. Twin tuners. Decent pictures. Cons: If your aerial socket's a long way from your router, you'll need a long cable."

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3 reviews

 

 
Sharp TUTV322H
Sharp TUTV322H

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: Hard Drive, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview Playback)

"For: Affordable. 320GB hard disk. Clear menus and remote. Against: Unused USB port. No HDMI. No editing. Power-hungry in standby."

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1 review | 5 opinions

 

Icecrypt T5000
Icecrypt T5000

Freeview (DVB-T)

Build quality was impressive, and TechRadar were pleased to find that setting up the Icecrypt T5000 was easy, but they thought the EPG could be a bit more straightforward, and the buttons were …

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1 review

 

Topfield SRP-2100 TMS (1TB)
Topfield SRP-2100 TMS (1TB)

Satellite (Freesat & Sky); Integrated Modules / Features: HDTV

"For: Decent AV performance, Multimedia playback, Flexible PVR functionality. Against: No blind search, AV output and teletext bugs, More could be made of networking potential."

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1 review

 

DMR EX768
Panasonic DMR-EX768

Reception Type: Twin Tuner; Features: Upscaling

While What Hi-Fi found the Panasonic DMR-EX768 to be a great recorder, delivering faithful copies from its digital tuner, the magazine warned that it couldn't compete with more capable players …

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3 reviews | 63 opinions

 

Humax Foxsat-HDR
Humax Foxsat-HDR

Satellite (Freesat & Sky), Satellite (DVB-S2); Integrated Modules / Features: Twin Tuner, …

Not only is the Humax Foxsat-HDR cheaper and more environmentally friendlier than the Sky HD service, but Electric Pig were also impressed by its intuitive and slick menus, a huge 320GB hard drive, …

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1 review | 654 opinions

 

Satellite HD Digital Box
Métronic SAT 100 HD

Satellite (DVB-S2)

1080i HD content, such as BBC HD are rendered in startling precision, and even SD content shapes up well in Metronic's SAT 100 HD Freesat receiver. Approachable interface, excellent audio and …

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1 review | 7 opinions

 

Tube Stick
Equinux TubeStick

Freeview (DVB-T)

A very portable and elegant TV tuner which comes with comprehensive recording software, Equinux's TubeStick has a somewhat irritating activation process and networking is not so straightforward. …

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6 reviews | 2 opinions

 

TF 5810 PVR Freeview Playback
Topfield TF5810PVRt

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: Hard Drive, HDTV, PVR (Sky+ / Freeview …

"Pros: Huge hard-disk drive. Slick menus. Twin digital tuners. HDMI upscaling. Excellent picture. Cons: Won’t save clips less than three minutes long."

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3 reviews

 

TopUpTV Anytime Box
Thomson Top Up TV Anytime Box

Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: Hard Drive

"The Anytime DTR's low price, excellent timeshifting and the flexibility of the viewing card slot make this PVR a great choice. It's our Best Buy."

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7 reviews | 1 opinion

 

Duolabs Q-Box HD
Duolabs Q-Box HD

Satellite (Freesat & Sky), Freeview (DVB-T); Integrated Modules / Features: HDTV

"... Storage is Linux formatted, which would make it difficult to directly transfer recordings to a Windows PC. Our advice is to transfer recordings across the network instead using the FTP …

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1 review

 

 

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