Freeview HD+ archive

  • Pure Avalon 300R Connect review
    Home Cinema 5 out of 5

    Pure Avalon 300R Connect review

    By 2 March 2013

    Selling your very first Freeview set-top-box in 2012 is the move of either a company that knows what it's doing, or the move of a company so adept at missing the boat that it has evolved into a fish to avoid further boat-missing agony. The Pure Avalon...

  • Pure Avalon 300R Connect Freeview HD+ pictures and hands-on
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    Pure Avalon 300R Connect Freeview HD+ pictures and hands-on

    By 20 September 2012

    With YouView arguably landing with a plop. rather than then splash LordSirAlanSugar would have liked, the set-top-box arena still has plenty to play for. So, with that in mind, Pure is stepping out of its radio comfort zone, and into making Freeview PVRs....

  • Free YouView box for all TalkTalk Plus customers
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    Free YouView box for all TalkTalk Plus customers

    By 26 July 2012

    Customers who sign up to the TalkTalk Plus broadband and phone plan will now receive a free YouView set-top-box as part of their on-going subscriptions. The box, which enables users to catch-up with shows from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 as well...

  • YouView catch-up TV finally launched, available end July
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    YouView catch-up TV finally launched, available end July

    By 4 July 2012

    YouView has announced on Wednesday that its TV set-top box will be available to buy from the end of July, bringing BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 on-demand content to UK homes, without the need for an ongoing subscription. The YouView project has been...

  • EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box
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    EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box

    By 3 May 2012

    With analogue TV going the way of the dodo in the UK, there is presumably a lot of demand for people who are still enjoying their old, analogue-only TVs, but would like to watch more than just snow when the last UK region switches later this year. Now...

  • Freeview HD TV Guide app now on Android and iPad in time for final digital switchover
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    Freeview HD TV Guide app now on Android and iPad in time for final digital switchover

    By 18 October 2011

    24 October 2012 (a year on Monday) marks the last day in the extensive digital television switchover process as the final analogue TV signal is due to be turned off, and Freeview, the UK's free TV service is celebrating the "one year to go" anniversary...

  • Samsung BD-D8900M review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung BD-D8900M review

    By 14 September 2011

    Who cares about Blu-ray? Firmly ensconced in the PlayStation 3, standalone hi-def disc spinners regularly go for under £90 – small enough bean to set the alarm bells ringing in any gadget buyer’s ears. The trick, thinks Samsung, is to up the price...

  • Freeview HD Smart-ens up with the Samsung BD-DT7800 PVR
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    Freeview HD Smart-ens up with the Samsung BD-DT7800 PVR

    By 9 August 2011

    If you kick yourself every-time you read about a new funky app for the Samsung Smart Hub because you've already splashed the cash on your TV and Blu-ray setup, then the Samsung BD-DT7800 may offer you a way in - as it's a Freeview HD recorder with the...

  • Sharp Aquos LC-46LE831E review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Sharp Aquos LC-46LE831E review

    By 8 July 2011

    After virtually creating the big screen LCD TV, Sharp’s latest Aquos is a huge step in the direction of picture perfection, but is it at the cost of usability? One of the few LED-backlit TVs around that stuffs lights all the way across the back of the...

  • Panasonic TX-P42VT30 review
    Televisions 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-P42VT30 review

    By 5 July 2011

    Ever since Pioneer pulled the plug on its highly-rated Kuro line of plasma screens, enthusiasts have been looking for a new hero brand to fill the void. Panasonic has always been the favoured candidate, not only because it has consistently enjoyed critical...

  • LG Cinema 3D 47LW550T   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    LG Cinema 3D 47LW550T review

    By 21 June 2011

    We thought there was something brewing when Sky chose LG as its “official partner” for 3DTVs last year - after the Korean giant released a single “passive” 3D screen for the Sky 3D channel’s launch. And with the arrival of this, one of dozens...

  • Freeview HD nearing 2m boxes and TVs sold milestone
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    Freeview HD nearing 2m boxes and TVs sold milestone

    By 16 June 2011

    Bought a Freeview HD box or Freeview HD TV recently? Then you’re not alone. According to the latest figures out, the combined total of Freeview HD boxes and TV sold into homes in the UK is about to pass the 2 million marker. Alix Pryde, the director...

  • Panasonic TX-L37DT30   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L37DT30 review

    By 9 June 2011

    During 2010 Panasonic quickly made a name for itself - and plasma technology in general - with a string of high-end 3DTVs that supplied stunning depth and comfortable viewing. That’s not what happened on the LCD/LED side of the market, where quality...

  • Samsung BD-D6900 review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung BD-D6900 review

    By 1 June 2011

    That Samsung’s latest high-def hero has touch-sensitive controls, a brushed metallic top, a gloriously slim 33mm profile and is able to silently slip out a disc from within won’t surprise anyone; this has been a brand at the coal face of product design...

  • Panasonic DMR-BWT700   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-BWT700 review

    By 31 May 2011

    Panasonic’s latest brainy box has so many functions we’re not quite sure what to call it. Back in the 1980s my Dad refused to buy a new TV, a VHS recorder, computer or any games systems, believing that there would soon be one device for the lounge...

  • Sony KDL-32CX523   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Sony KDL-32CX523 review

    By 3 May 2011

    Sony is back with one of its first offerings for 2011, and it’s a budget belter. Lacking any kind of upmarket panel tech, you’ll have to make do with regular LCD (no sign of any LED backlighting here), but elsewhere there are plenty of features to...

  • TVonics DTR-Z500HD   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    TVonics DTR-Z500HD review

    By 25 March 2011

    An update of last year’s HD500, the Z500HD from South Wales-based TVonics is a serious attempt at a uniquely talented Freeview HD recorder - and a successful one, to boot. With two tuners and a 500GB recorder, the Z500HD represents the start of the...

  • TVonics unleashes the DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder
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    TVonics unleashes the DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder

    By 11 March 2011

    TVonics has unveiled its latest PVR - the Freeview HD packing DTR-Z500HD. The durable, rugged set top box has the same features that you'll find packed in the DTR-HD500 though in a newly designed aluminium casing that its makers state "is perfect for...

  • Sony Bravia KDL-40NX713   review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Sony Bravia KDL-40NX713 review

    By 22 February 2011

    3D ready rather than 3D-equipped, this step-up set from Sony is nicely positioned for anyone after a top draw, future-proof flatscreen - and it comes complete with Freeview HD tuner. Part of Sony’s Network range - we’re not sure why when most of its...

  • Sony introduces Freeview HD PVR duo
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    Sony introduces Freeview HD PVR duo

    By 11 February 2011

    Sony has announced the arrival of two new Freeview HD capable PVRs - the SVR-HDT1000 and SVR-HDT500, which as you could probably decipher from the name are 1TB and 500GB versions. Like all good PVRs, you'll be able to record one channel and watch another...

  • Samsung UE32C6000   review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung UE32C6000 review

    By 25 January 2011

    This LED from Samsung falls into the all-new TV category of “affordable high-end”, and is likely to appeal to anyone after the latest and greatest slimscreen tech, but who can’t actually afford most incarnations. It is this everyman approach that...

  • Sony Bravia KDL-40LX903   review
    Televisions 3.5 out of 5

    Sony Bravia KDL-40LX903 review

    By 10 December 2010

    Unlike in the world of Blu-ray players, where buying a non-3D-capable deck is fast becoming a waste of time, the jury is still out on 3DTVs. Sony’s KDL-40LX903 doesn’t do much to change that. LED backlighting, a Freeview HD tuner, loads of online...

  • Toshiba 40VL758   review
    Televisions 4 out of 5

    Toshiba 40VL758 review

    By 3 December 2010

    Toshiba has upped its game rather dramatically with its latest range of LED TVs. Produced in collaboration with the jolly Danes from Jacob Jensen Design, they are uniformly slim (this 40 incher is a mere 29mm deep) and well made. They’re also surprisingly...

  • Samsung UE55C9000   review
    Televisions 4.5 out of 5

    Samsung UE55C9000 review

    By 15 November 2010

    Samsung may be top dog in the global TV market, but it’s still rankled by the fact that it’s not truly regarded as a high-end brand. Despite critical plaudits and mass-market success, its moniker isn’t bandied around as a premiere league name. Samsung...

  • Panasonic TX-P50S20B   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-P50S20B review

    By 8 November 2010

    Unless you’re after a 3DTV or simply must have a super-flat (and super-expensive) LED-lit LCD TV, the £900-or-so that buys this 50-inch plasma represents a fabulous deal. On price-per-inch this Panasonic can’t be beaten. Full HD and fitted with a...