Set-top boxes archive

  • Technika SmartBox 8320HD   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Technika SmartBox 8320HD review

    By 25 October 2010

    Languishing on the shelves of Tesco is the Technika SmartBox 8320HD, a clever TV set-top box that promises to serve up a veritable platter of delights. Embracing the current trend for offering connected features, the 8320HD not only offers you Freeview+...

  • TVonics DTR-HD500   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    TVonics DTR-HD500 review

    By 14 October 2010

    Freeview HD is perfect for those who want high-def and can’t stomach paying subscriptions, but we’d all rather a Sky+ experience, wouldn’t we? In the rush to bring out Freeview HD recorders, summer 2010 saw some less-than-brilliant efforts, most...

  • Philips HDT8520   review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Philips HDT8520 review

    By 14 September 2010

    The age of the personal video recorder (PVR) dawned long ago, but the folk over at Freeview are only just catching-up. Freeview+ recorders - initially called Freeview Playback - have been around a while, but haven't sold too well. And certainly not as...

  • Humax HD-Fox T2 update allows two show recording - if you're in the know
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    Humax HD-Fox T2 update allows two show recording - if you're in the know

    By 10 September 2010

    It was a feature much discussed on the launch of the Humax HD-Fox T2 - then, the first Freeview HD set-top-box onto the market - but it's taken a good five months to come to fruition: the company is finally ready to add recording functionality, as revealed...

  • TechniSat HDFV   review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    TechniSat HDFV review

    By 12 August 2010

    A tiny, but very significant contribution to the exploding Freeview HD market comes from TechniSat in the form of its diminutive HDFV. It’s highly unusual since whether it’s a simple receiver or a recorder is largely down to how you use it. At its...

  • Happy talk: The world's first speaking Freeview box lands
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    Happy talk: The world's first speaking Freeview box lands

    By 12 August 2010

    Smart Talk and Goodmans have launched the world's first talking Freeview set top box, offering a useful text-to-speech option for users that struggle with on screen words. The TTS capabilities are aimed squarely at groups such as the elderly, blind or...

  • Project Canvas seeking manufacturing partner
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    Project Canvas seeking manufacturing partner

    By 11 August 2010

    It looks as if Project Canvas is all systems go, as the organisation has invited manufacturers to begin work on developing hardware to carry the internet connected television platform. Cisco, Humax and Technicolor have so far been named as Project Canvas'...

  • Sharp TU-T2HR32   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Sharp TU-T2HR32 review

    By 2 August 2010

    As always, the cable and satellite boys have already gone one-up in anticipation of this first batch of Freeview+HD recorders - Sky's added 1TB hard drive models to its HD boxes, and Virgin Media's V+HD has had three tuners for yonks. Which all leaves...

  • VIDEO: Boxee unboxed by Boxee
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    VIDEO: Boxee unboxed by Boxee

    By 17 July 2010

    The Boxee Box, which got a full unveiling at this year's CES and due sometime in the next couple of months has landed at the Boxee offices. "The first Box arrived from the @Boxee Factory. Here's a video: http://bit.ly/aalu5L" the company announced on...

  • Metronic T2 HD Zapbox receiver   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Metronic T2 HD Zapbox receiver review

    By 10 June 2010

    Footie fans keen to enjoy the imminent World Cup in glorious high-def are snapping up Freeview HD boxes like old ladies at a cake sale. And there’s a growing number of basic HD receivers to choose from, offering hi-def pictures without the added complication...

  • Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview HD recorder   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview HD recorder review

    By 9 June 2010

    Freeview HD has hit the headlines, but as for "World Cup recorders" there's scant few available on the new platform, making Digital Stream's debut DHR8203U something quite special - and not only because of its uniqueness. In fact Digital Stream's only...

  • Bush DVB680 receiver   review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Bush DVB680 receiver review

    By 8 June 2010

    You won’t find a cheaper Freeview HD set-top box on sale in the high street before the big kick-off in South Africa. And nor will you find a set-top box this basic, but that’s not necessarily a deal breaker since the Bush DVB680 delivers high-definition...

  • Linsar FHD1 receiver   review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Linsar FHD1 receiver review

    By 4 June 2010

    As we approach kick-off in Johannesburg, the market for Freeview HD set-top boxes is getting fierce. Prices are being slashed for boxes that offer both HD pictures and some nifty extras - can this back-to-basics box from British brand Linsar survive?...

  • ADB i-CAN Easy HD 2851T receiver   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    ADB i-CAN Easy HD 2851T receiver review

    By 1 June 2010

    Wow - a Freeview HD receiver that does other stuff! Not only does this debut box from ADB feature a cutting-edge DVB-T2 tuner, but it also sports an interface for the BBC iPlayer - and a quite magnificent one, at that. Its multimedia talents don't stretch...

  • Sharp TU-T2 receiver   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Sharp TU-T2 receiver review

    By 31 May 2010

    Clear space in your home entertainment setup - it's time for another black box! Freeview HD is the latest logo on the nation's shopping list, and you'll find it on three distinct products: integrated TVs, set-top boxes and Freeview+ HD recorders. That...

  • Philips DTR5520 receiver   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Philips DTR5520 receiver review

    By 28 May 2010

    Designed by Pace and sold under the Philips brand, this well-made and nicely organised Freeview HD box is little more than a simple receiver. Which is fine for most people's needs, but the competition in this market is fierce - can the DTR5520 hold up...

  • Goodmans GDB300HD receiver  review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Goodmans GDB300HD receiver review

    By 25 May 2010

    With the World Cup rapidly approaching and Freeview HD expanding its reach across the country, many are looking to bring this goodness to their existing HD television, purchased in the last few years, but before anyone had made a firm decision about terrestrial...

  • The Top 5 PVRs in time for the World Cup
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    The Top 5 PVRs in time for the World Cup

    By 19 May 2010

    The sad truth of World Cup football is that it only comes around every four years and yet it's just all too easy to miss. However, if you intended on capturing every second of the show piece event in South Africa, then you might want to consider picking...

  • Sky HD boxes kit up for the World Cup
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    Sky HD boxes kit up for the World Cup

    By 17 May 2010

    Sky is celebrating the World Cup by releasing three limited edition, uniquely designed, 1TB HD set top boxes. Sky recruited fashion guru Wayne Hemingway, renowned illustrator Gerald Scarfe and actor and part-time Blur member Phil Daniels to design the...

  • FCC approves Hollywood move to block analogue outputs
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    FCC approves Hollywood move to block analogue outputs

    By 10 May 2010

    The FCC has approved a request by the Motion Picture Association of America that will allow film studios to block analogue video output on certain devices. The move comes after 2 years of lobbying by the MPAA. Outputs and ports will be blocked for up...

  • Icecrypt T2200 recevier   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Icecrypt T2200 recevier review

    By 30 April 2010

    High definition is all very well, but do the new generation of Freeview HD receivers justify their price? Aside from two high-def TV channels (so far) - ITV 1 HD and BBC HD - receivers like Icecrypt's T2200 receiver are not much different from their predecessors,...

  • Sky Player coming to Humax set-top boxes
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    Sky Player coming to Humax set-top boxes

    By 14 April 2010

    Humax has announced a deal with Sky that'll see the broadcaster's Sky Player on-demand TV system added to the manufacturer's newest range of set-top boxes. That includes the HD-FOX T2, which is the first Freeview HD box that's available in Britain. The...

  • Grundig, Goodmans and Bush Freesat HD set-tops get BBC iPlayer
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    Grundig, Goodmans and Bush Freesat HD set-tops get BBC iPlayer

    By 31 March 2010

    Grundig, Goodmans and Bush Freesat HD set top box customers will, from today, be able to get the BBC's iPlayer to catch up with the last 7 days of TV from the Beeb. "The vast majority of customers with Freesat HD digital boxes from Goodmans, Grundig or...

  • Freeview HD: The set-top boxes
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    Freeview HD: The set-top boxes

    By 30 March 2010

    Freeview HD is now official, although we know you Pocket-linters will have been following the move of HD into the broadcast spectrum for some time. Last month we brought you a comprehensive run down of Freeview HD-equipped TVs and today the "supply chain"...

  • Philips and Pace launch Freeview HD receiver and PVR
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    Philips and Pace launch Freeview HD receiver and PVR

    By 24 March 2010

    The maker of the Sky+ box, Pace, has launched a pair of Freeview HD set-toppers in conjunction with Philips which will be out well in time for this summer's World Cup. The UK company has come up with the Philips DTR5520 Freeview HD receiver and the Philips...