PVRs and Set-top Boxes http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/546/0 en-GB Humax DTR-T1000 http://www.stuff.tv/humax-dtr-t1000/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the first box to run YouView – AKA the TV revolution – worthy of the honour? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-press-1_4_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax-DTR-T1000-review-box-press-2_4_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-remote_4_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>YouView promises to revolutionise TV, melding Freeview, catch-up services and on-demand streaming onto one seamless service. The DTR-T1000 is the first box out of the blocks but is it the only one we'll ever need?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the future of TV </div> <div class="field-item even"> Oodles of storage space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No Wi-Fi as standard </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> what do you get with YouView? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouView has been a long time coming, but it appears to have been worth the wait. You get all of Freeview HD, plus the complete online offerings of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand Five – in HD where possible. More is on the way, including Sky's Now TV and we hear, maybe LoveFilm and Netflix.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-screen-1_2_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture quality and recording </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Twin tuners allow you to record two channels while watching a third, and the T1000's picture quality is excellent, with even upscaled SD shows impressing. Online streams are more varied, but HD stuff is exemplary. You'll also find searchable archival content alongside the seven day catch-up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-input-output_2_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> wireless </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the T1000's few negatives is that it doesn't have Wi-Fi as standard. Humax prefers Powerline network kit, on the grounds that it delivers more stable results when streaming video. So, unless your PVR is right next to your router, you'll need to spend a few quid extra before you can get going.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-EPG_2_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> inputs, outputs and storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now to some cold, hard number crunching – the T1000 rocks 500GB of storage, with 1TB models set to be available soon. Output resolutions go right through from 576p to 1080p and you can hook all manner of cables up to it too. Ports-wise, there's HDMI, SCART, composite, component, optical digital audio, analogue stereo, Ethernet and USB. Phew.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smart TV in a box? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a word, no. YouView is connected but it isn't exactly 'smart'. There's no companion iOS or Android app to assist with search and navigation, and no built-in apps for Skyping or social networking, let alone games. Still – the potential is there for all of the above to be added.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouView EPG </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouView's slick-running EPG betters any Freeview HD rival by letting you search any available content, both broadcast and online. You can even scroll up to seven days back in time – and if it's available online, watch it straightaway. Fool-proof.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> versus Samsung STB-E7500 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/review/samsung-stb-e7500">This Sammy</a> is every bit as smart as the T1000, costs the same, and also has a 500GB HDD. There's not much between them, so which you go for may come down to the content on offer; the Humax is better for terrestrial services, but the film streaming options and apps on the E7500 make it our favourite.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouView is capable and clever, and the Humax is an excellent PVR. Internet TV has gone mainstream</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-dtr-t1000 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/humax-dtr-t1000/review#comments DTR-T1000 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:09:22 +0000 Sophie Charara 422767 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax DTR-T1000 YouView PVR video review http://www.stuff.tv/dtr-t1000/humax-dtr-t1000-youview-pvr-video-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouView promises to revolutionise TV, combining Freeview, catch-up services and on-demand streaming into one seamless subscription-free service. But was it worth the wait? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="465" height="256" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax%20DTR-T1000%20YouView%20PVR.png?1370357840" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1823557209001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1823557209001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/dtr-t1000/humax-dtr-t1000-youview-pvr-video-review/video#comments DTR-T1000 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes YouView Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:41:09 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423746 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax HDR-FOX T2 http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hdr-fox-t2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Packing Freeview+ along with BBC iPlayer, this PVR looks like a strong contender </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax HDR-FOX T2" alt="Humax HDR-FOX T2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-hdr-fox-t2-main_0_0.jpg?1369750632" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax HDR-FOX T2" alt="Humax HDR-FOX T2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-hdr-fox-t2-2_0.jpg?1369750632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Humax HDR-FOX T2 is the brand’s latest PVR, enabling you to enjoy subscription-free HD broadcasts while its Freeview+ credentials mean that you can pause and rewind live TV, or set the box to record an entire TV series for you.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> plenty going on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From a quick glance at the HDR-FOX T2’s minimalist front panel, you might think it’s a simple device. You couldn’t be more wrong. A 500GB drive takes care of your recordings from twin tuners, or if you prefer you can watch iPlayer, stream from a PC, NAS or USB device, or view subscription services.</p> <p>As well as its many other talents, the HDR-FOX T2 can also chat to other Humax PVRs, sharing and borrowing recordings over Ethernet for a simple multi-room video setup.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> set-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From the moment you press the pleasantly oversized 'on' switch, you know everything is going to be fine. There's a comprehensive set-up routine, magnificent on-screen display, crisp imagery, responsive remote and a wealth of features. The Humax looks the business and does it too. A lack of through ports is the only real omission, but it’s not a fatal flaw.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well designed, well specced and well done to Humax for making a great Freeview+ box</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-hdr-fox-t2 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hdr-fox-t2/review#comments HDR-FOX T2 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:01:15 +0000 Tony Horgan 418602 at http://www.stuff.tv Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal http://www.stuff.tv/kogan/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turn your TV into a massive Android tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="511" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-iptv-1_1.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="319" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-iptv-2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="285" height="623" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-iptv-3.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="354" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands1.JPG?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="273" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="303" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands3.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="362" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands6.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="275" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands4.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="287" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands5.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Android takes another step towards domestic domination with this paperback-sized smart TV box. The Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal plugs into your telly and showers it with gifts: a web browser, games and all kinds of apps for video on demand, social networking and news.</p> <p><strong>Clever tricks</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £130.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not the telly box for everyone but Android fans will revel in its infinite tinkerability</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kogan/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kogan/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal/review#comments Agora Internet TV Portal Kogan PVRs and Set-top Boxes Wed, 03 Aug 2011 10:02:18 +0000 Tony Horgan 417288 at http://www.stuff.tv Echostar HDS-600RS http://www.stuff.tv/echostar-hds-600rs/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Freesat PVR streams TV to your phone, tablet or laptop, wherever you are </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="556" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/echostar-hds-600rs-main_0.jpg?1364298774" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="499" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/echostar-hds-600rs-2_0.jpg?1364298774" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The EchoStar HD-600RS is the world’s first PVR loaded with Slingbox technology, giving it the ability to transmit live TV and recorded video over the net to a laptop, tablet or phone.</p> <p>To get up and running, first you'll need a satellite dish to receive Freesat (if you’ve ever had Sky, you can use the same dish, or have one installed for around £80). This feeds 150 free channels, including HD ones from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, into the EchoStar. Just like aVirgin+HD or Sky Plus box, the HDS-600RS gives you a TV schedule to watch ‘live’ or record.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Echostar HD-600RS – check your upload speed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In order for it to push this TV to one of your mobile devices or a computer, your home broadband will need a minimum upload speed of 256kbps (and do check, because yours might not). Picture quality is reasonable at that rate, but improves greatly with faster connections.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EchoStar HD-600RS – will it work outside of the UK? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike your standard digibox, the EchoStar HDS-600RS also plugs in to your router, making all this content available over the internet on your mobile, tablet or computer. It’ll even work outside of the UK, sidestepping the licensing restrictions that prevent overseas online viewing of iPlayer and its ilk.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EchoStar HD-600RS – TV image quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Watching on your TV, you won’t get carousels of artwork or picture-in-picture displays, but the basic EPG works fine and is clear enough on a TV screen, with scheduled recordings showing up in red and reminders in green.</p> <p>When viewed directly on screen at home, image quality is impressive, with bright, vivid colours and stable textures even during fast motion. Saturday Kitchen in HD revealed mouth-watering detail, and standard-def Freesat channels came through with more clarity than the Freeeview from our test TV’s internal tuner.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EchoStar HD-600RS – iPlayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The EchoStar lets you access BBC iPlayer, with different quality settings depending on your broadband speed. We chose the maximum setting, and iPlayer’s picture and sound quality was impressive. ITV player is coming soon, but in a world of connected, app-loaded TVs, the EchoStar already looks a bit old-school.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EchoStar HDS-600RS – steaming to a laptop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remote viewing is best done on a laptop over Wi-Fi (or Ethernet, if you’re near a socket). You access the EchoStar through a browser, remotely controlling its EPG with a virtual remote that can be dragged around the screen. It’s a bit of an awkward interface, but with a good connection it works well enough.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EchoStar HDS-600RS – steaming to a 3G phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Watching on a phone is where the EchoStar falls down. First, you have to shell out around £18 for the SlingPlayer Mobile Android or iPhone app. Next, you’re still remotely controlling the EPG through a kind of virtual remote, rather than a bespoke, phone-friendly interface. It’s a million miles from the official iPhone iPlayer interface, for example. Doing this over 3G on a phone is more than a bit tricky as the on-screen EPG is streamed, but at very low resolution, making it hard to read and control. Over a stable Wi-Fi connection, though, it’s brilliant.</p> <p>Despite a few niggles, namely the slightly clunky remote EPG and the fact that you have to pay extra for the smartphone app, the EchoStar HDS-600RS still has a lot to offer. Image quality on a TV is excellent and streaming over the a good Wi-Fi connection works a treat.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A great PVR with impressive streaming talents, but phone viewing should be better</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/echostar-hds-600rs </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/echostar-hds-600rs/review#comments Echostar HDS-600RS PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sat, 02 Apr 2011 11:22:06 +0000 Tony Horgan 418614 at http://www.stuff.tv TVonics DTR-HD500 http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics-dtr-hd500/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No contracts, no installation, just all the free hi-def TV you can record (and watch) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1448" height="737" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Front.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="457" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD550-Screen.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2000" height="811" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Profile.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Hands1.JPG?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="331" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Hands2.JPG?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Hands3.JPG?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think Freeview and Freeview HD is full of rubbish, and on balance you’d be right (unless you have an unusual interest in weightloss DVDs and vegetable slicers). But, if you sift out all the good bits that are on when you’re not around to watch them, you can stock up on some great TV for the times you are. And all subscription free, of course. The TVonics DTR-HD500 will do that job for you, without the hassle of a visit from a man with a ladder and a drill.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £235.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A simple, no-nonsense way to hoover up all the best free hi-def content the UK has to offer</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/tvonics-dtr-hd500 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics-dtr-hd500/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics-dtr-hd500/review#comments DTR-HD500 PVRs and Set-top Boxes TVonics Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:04:42 +0000 Tony Horgan 415791 at http://www.stuff.tv TVonics DTR-Z250 http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics/tvonics-dtr-z250/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twin digital tuners and a 250GB hard drive, and all for under £180. Is this Freeview+ PVR too good to be true? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="460" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonicsdtrz250.jpg?1364298977" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your AV rack full to brimming? Well, if you're still in need of a well-specified PVR, the TVonics&nbsp; DTR-FP2500 may be just the thing. The squashed profile makes a change from the more usual boxy designs and frees up some precious space under your TV. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Twin tuners</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £179.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A great value PVR that combines the required functionality with top-notch performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/tvonics-dtr-z250 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics/tvonics-dtr-z250/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics/tvonics-dtr-z250/review#comments DTR-Z250 PVRs and Set-top Boxes TVonics Fri, 23 Jul 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14823 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax PVR9300T http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-pvr9300t/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It doesn’t offer Freeview HD, but this capacious hard-disk recorder is a fine PVR if standard-def will suffice… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="1024" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-320gb-twin-tuner-freeviewplus-pvr-with-hdmi-upscaling-humax-pvr9300-320gb-.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="920" height="330" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-pvr9300t.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As you may have noticed, <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/10/hd-dvd-high-definition-dvd.aspx" target="_blank">high-definition</a> has come to <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/freeview.aspx" target="_blank">Freeview</a> this year. But HD over your aerial isn’t available for everyone yet, and won’t be as late as 2012 in some unfortunate parts of the UK. So what if you live in one of these areas but want a hard-disk PVR right now? </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £185.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A sensibly priced and highly desirable way into Freeview+</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-pvr9300t </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-pvr9300t/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-pvr9300t/review#comments Humax PVR9300T PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sun, 06 Jun 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14603 at http://www.stuff.tv TechniSat HDFS http://www.stuff.tv/technisat-hdfs/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might have only one tuner and no hard drive, but this versatile bargain Freeview HD box is a force to be reckoned with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="284" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TechniSatHDFS.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="267" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/technisat_freesat.gif?1364299007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unusually in this day and age, the TechniSat HDFS is a single-tuner Freesat HD box rather than a fully fledged PVR. But look at the price: a good £70 cheaper than its next most expensive rival, and £120 less than the all-conquering <a href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Humax-Foxsat-HDR/" target="_blank">Humax Foxsat-HDR</a>.</p> <p><strong>Solid build</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £180.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Superb for the spondoolicks. If TechniSat ever makes a twin-tuner version, the big boys would really start to sweat</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/technisat-hdfs </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/technisat-hdfs/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/technisat-hdfs/review#comments HDFS PVRs and Set-top Boxes TechniSat Sat, 22 May 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14521 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax HD-FOX T2 http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hd-fox-t2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> By set-top box standards it&#039;s pricey, but it does do HD. So, should you bag one before the World Cup kicks off? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1412" height="1412" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax_HDFOXT2.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="313" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax-HD-FOX-T2left.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before we get stuck into the HD-FOX T2, a bit about <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/freeview.aspx" target="_blank">Freeview</a> HD. It's finally launched, but only in two areas of the UK – Manchester and central London. Don't fret, though: HD coverage should extend to around 50 per cent of the UK by the summer (see <a href="http://www.freeview.co.uk" title="www.freeview.co.uk">www.freeview.co.uk</a> for more info). </p> <p>Currently four terrestrial channels – BBC HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD and S4C – are available, while Five HD should be available later this year. So, enough of the background – what's the hardware like?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £180.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You're paying a premium, but if you want free HD, the Humax HD-FOX T2 is very impressive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-hd-fox-t2 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hd-fox-t2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hd-fox-t2/review#comments HD-FOX T2 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Thu, 29 Apr 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14412 at http://www.stuff.tv Sagem DTR 94250S http://www.stuff.tv/sagem-dtr-94250s/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s no oil painting, but this 250GB Freesat HD PVR delivers TV performance to be reckoned with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="724" height="252" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sagem-DTR94250S-HD.jpg?1364299330" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="336" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sagem-dtr-94250s.jpg?1364299330" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We’ve always been impressed by Sagem’s set-top boxes, so we were only to happy to welcome its first Freesat <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/10/hd-high-definition-hi-def.aspx" target="_blank">HD</a> model into our testing lounge. The DTR 94250S has a 250GB hard-disk with twin tuners, but if that’s not enough the 500GB DTR94500S is available for £300.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At the price, it’s hard to argue with – a great Freesat PVR with very few weaknesses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sagem-dtr-94250s </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sagem-dtr-94250s/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sagem-dtr-94250s/review#comments DTR 94250S PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sagem Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 13974 at http://www.stuff.tv Topfield TF5810PVRt http://www.stuff.tv/topfield-tf5810pvrt/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Topfield takes on the might of Sky+ with this stonking 500GB Freeview+ PVR. Should Murdoch be worried? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TOPFIELD-TF5810PVR-TWIN-TUNER-FREEVIEW-PERSONAL-VIDEO-RECORDER-0.jpg?1364299717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that hard-drives are as cheap as chips, companies are shoving ever bigger-capacity units into their AV kit.</p> <p>For proof of this gigabyte feast look no further than Topfield’s new 500GB <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/freeview.aspx" target="_blank">Freeview</a> PVR, the TF5810PVRt. The Korean firm has only been around for a decade, but this box has enough features and promise to take on the gold standard of set-tops, Sky+.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plus powers</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb picture, recording and usability – plus a whopping hard drive to boot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/topfield-tf5810pvrt </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/topfield-tf5810pvrt/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/topfield-tf5810pvrt/review#comments PVRs and Set-top Boxes TF5810PVRt Topfield Fri, 30 Jan 2009 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 11732 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax Foxsat HDR http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-foxsat-hdr/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, a non-subscription box that lets you watch and record HD. But can the Foxsat HDR really take on Sky+? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="532" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HUMAX-Foxsat-HDR.png?1364299742" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It hasn't been an easy birth for Freesat HD. Billed as the non-subscription high-def alternative to the satellite offerings from Sky and Virgin Media, the service has proved something of a slow-burner due to some average tuner boxes and a dearth of HD content.</p> <p>What we’d like is a level of functionality to match Sky+ HD and, if the Foxsat HDR’s specs list is anything to go by, it might just be the affordable rival we’ve been hoping for.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Three days of HD</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you’re looking to take the plunge with Freesat, this is the way to do it – a great piece of kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-foxsat-hdr </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-foxsat-hdr/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-foxsat-hdr/review#comments Foxsat HDR Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Tue, 16 Dec 2008 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 11450 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax Foxsat-HD http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-foxsat-hd/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still can’t a get a Freeview signal? This Freesat-loving Humax box could be the answer to your telly dreams </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="533" height="498" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HUMAXfoxsathd_0.jpg?1364299902" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the many poor souls who still can’t get <a title="Jargonbuster – Freeview" href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/freeview.aspx" target="_blank">Freeview</a> (incredibly, almost a quarter of the country) the only option for digital telly has been Sky – until now. Freesat, a joint venture between the BBC and ITV, offers subscription-free access to high-definition content for virtually the whole of the UK, and the Humax FOXSAT-HD is the first box that can pick up its signals.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FOXSAT-HD is number one in a field of one, and proves that Freesat has a promising future</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-foxsat-hd </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-foxsat-hd/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-foxsat-hd/review#comments Foxsat-HD Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Tue, 13 May 2008 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 10021 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer DVR-LX70D http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-dvr-lx70d/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This might be the best DVD and hard-drive recorder ever made – but can it really be worth the price of two Blu-ray players? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1920" height="960" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dvrlx70d_zoom_0.jpg?1364299935" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let’s cut right to the chase here: Pioneer’s DVR-LX70D costs £900. That’s right, nine hundred of your English pounds. And, no, it doesn’t throw Blu-ray playback in for that sum. Strewth. We’re big fans of much of Pioneer’s premium tech, but can any hard-drive DVD recorder really justify such a price?</p> <p><strong>Black beauty</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £900.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is the finest digital recorder we’ve seen in eons and, if you want the best, it’s well worth the terrifying price tag </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/pioneer-dvr-lx70d </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-dvr-lx70d/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-dvr-lx70d/review#comments DVR-LX70D Pioneer PVRs and Set-top Boxes Tue, 04 Mar 2008 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 9614 at http://www.stuff.tv