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Standard User Myth
(committed) Mon 16-Feb-15 17:12:14
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TalkTalk YouView box flavours and performance


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Hi, I'm in the market for a Freeview HD receiver and realised Talktalk might sell me one. I think I am on a great deal for medium fibre because I refused the TV package at the time.
I am wanting a one-off payment box.

So, I thought I'd see if anyone has advice on what to get. I would get a more expensive one with HDD etc if it meant faster channel change and more robust electronics.

NECESSARY:

At least one freeview HD tuner

HDMI output including audio

remote control

EPG with now/next (for more than one channel preferable)

prefer fast channel change and no crashes/pauses


NOT NECESSARY:

PVR functions

harddrvie

record functions

two or more tuners

network connection

Obviously recommend something else if you feel those are good also.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 16-Feb-15 18:48:38
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Re: TalkTalk YouView box flavours and performance


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The box they sell with the Essentials TV product fits your needs and if you don't want the packages available from TalkTalk then might as well source your own one.

The question is whether you want it to have any IP connectivity, e.g. stream BBC iPlayer etc

In terms of good boxes that fit the necessary I don't know of any, the non recording boxes tend to be the budget end built to a low price, with the recording PVR's getting the better software and hardware options for the appropriate price.

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Standard User Brunel
(experienced) Tue 17-Feb-15 09:59:00
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Re: TalkTalk YouView box flavours and performance


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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Humax-HD-FOX-T2-Freeview-Set...


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Standard User Myth
(committed) Tue 17-Feb-15 15:42:30
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no network connection needed at this point. Have a 4-HD tuner win7 box running the main TV, just trying to upgrade and replace an existing bedroom TV to a larger screen and HD capability,

Have got an HDMI monitor and just need a HD box to supply it from the roof aerial.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 17-Feb-15 16:25:25
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In which case the Humax mentioned is a brand name, other cheaper options available but suspect they may be more low spec in terms of speed of response to channel change.

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Standard User broadband66
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 17-Feb-15 16:31:45
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Re: TalkTalk YouView box flavours and performance


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In this case the more you spend the better the electronics and the channel change will be faster.

Teknica (Tesco), Bush, etc are cheap for a reason.

Was Eclipse Home Option 1, VM 2Mb & O2 Standard
Now Utility Warehouse (up to 16mbps) via Talk Talk
Standard User Myth
(committed) Tue 17-Feb-15 19:50:50
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after some more discussions with the parents, the channel change speed is more to do with a faulty box. I tried for 30 mins and no buttons on the remote activate anything on the box any more.

So, I expect the channel-change speed not to be important.

However, stuttering and freezes/crashes will be.

The Humax linked is one I looked at, but due to the reviews dating back 5 years I concluded that this is 1st gen technology and likely to be flakey. Am I wrong thinking that?

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 17-Feb-15 21:07:23
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The batteries have been changed in the remote?

Problem being that the big names are now just pvr based with people taking a punt on cheaper names for second TV

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Standard User Brunel
(experienced) Tue 17-Feb-15 21:29:08
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http://snipurl.com/29pkhwc
Standard User Myth
(committed) Tue 17-Feb-15 21:44:48
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In reply to a post by Brunel:
http://snipurl.com/29pkhwc


the Manhattan was twice the price of the others, with the same horror stories in the comments/reviews.


Yes different batteries tried (voltage tested Eneloops), both gave similar visuaal results into my phone camera, so I ruled out batteries.

I guess I'll just be taking a punt then smile

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