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Goodmans Freeview Twin Scart Digital Set Top Box with Automatic Set Up and Auto Retune (Old model)

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  • Access up to 50 different channels as well as 24 radio stations
  • Access to Interactive Digital Services via the Red Button
  • Easy to install with Automatic Set Upand Auto Retune
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 11 x 3.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Item model number: GDR11
  • ASIN: B007KLVHRC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Mar. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,859 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

With this Goodmans Freeview Set Top Box, you can watch up to 50 Freeview channels and 24 radio stations. With the regional Digital Switch Over’s occurring and the Analogue signal being switched off, this Goodmans Set Top Box will enable you to easily access all the new digital channels.<P> Access to all the Interactive Digital Services via the Red Button can also be achieved easily along with Subtitles for the hard of hearing. The Easy to Use 7 Day Electronic Programme Guide enables you to view and search the next 7 days programmes, enabling you not to miss your favourite programmes. The Digital Box also gives you now and next Programme Information Banners. Which gives you a brief idea of the programmes content.<P> This Goodmans Digital box allows for easy installation with Automatic Set Up and Auto Retune. The box also has a Parental Lock to reduce access to adult channels. The box is Energy Saving Trust Recommended as it’s has less than 1 Watt Standby Power, meeting latest European energy requirements<P> The box has 2 x Scart Sockets allowing you to plug in two electrical products such as a Video Recorder or DVD Recorder. The box also contains 1 x RF Input, 1 x RF Output Remote Control (Including Batteries), Instruction Manual & Quick Start Guide<P> Goodmans is a recognised brand leader in digital media. Building on its long reputation for innovative, quality products, Goodmans has fully embraced the digital world with ‘easy-to-set-up’ and ‘easy-to-use’ products spanning the latest terrestrial and satellite digital technologies, including Freeview and Freesat HD plus connected TV iPlayer and VoD.

Box Contains

Scart Cable
Output Remote Control (Including Batteries)
Instruction Manual
Quick Start Guide


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I'm delighted with this SD set-top box. I have a perfectly good, old-style TV and a Freeview HD/DVD recorder. Before the analogue signal was switched off I could record any freview digital channel while watching a different channel with the TV's analogue tuner. After digital switchover, I wanted to be able to do the same so I searched reviews of set-top boxes. I didn't need an HD set-top box for my old TV and when I finally buy a new TV it will have a digital tuner.

The GDR11 is small and smart-looking. It has two scart sockets and comes with a scart cable and an RF cable. It was very easy to set up. The quick-start guide and detailed user guide are very clear and easy to follow - Crystal Mark approved by the Plain English Campaign.

The remote is straightforward, well-designed and comfortable to hold. It has a 'swap' button button to toggle between current channel and previous channel and a 'home' button which takes you direct to BBC 1. It has a 'radio/tv' button to help navigation selection. The programme guide is fine, giving now and next immediately but 7-day information after a longer wait.

A very clear and simple guide: 'How to set up your universal remote control' was included for programming the remote to operate many different makes of TV also. This one-time operation was very easy to do and the one remote now controls the TV on/off/volume+/volume-/mute in addition to on/off/guide/channels etc for the GDR11.

One reviewer commented on a suspected malfunction - going into standby by itself. Another reviewer helfully stated that this is an 'auto-standby' feature that can be turned off as described on page 71 of the user guide. This information is correct.

Summary: an excellent product and very good value for money.
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No indication of how it will last, however it worked straight out of the box. I'm not a techi but it was easy to set up.
I ordered a seperate scart lead because the description was not clear. In the box you get: 1.Digital TV receiver. 2. Remote control. 3. Two batteries. 4. RF cable. 5. 3 different guides.6. Scart cable.
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Bought one of these GDR11 boxes. Installation was a doddle and it had a useful feature in that a signal strength meter allowed me to give a tweak to the aerial. On my previous box, I could check out what was on other channels without leaving the channel I was on. This one you have to flick through all the channels. (Dumb or what?) Was working fine for two months and then it died, got a replacement, and now that one has died within a couple of weeks. I would not touch this product with a barge pole.
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I had a certain amount of problem at first - couldn't get a consistent signal. To cut a long story short I eventually found that a touch type table lamp cable was somehow interferring with the box's power cable and affecting the signal (keeping a hand on the box's (unearthed) power cable would improve signal and vice versa). Finally I moved the table lamp and now everything works fine.

I Now consider this a very good box for the money - it only loses a star for the problem.

-Firstly, and important for me, it can be connected to the TV's AERIAL socket - so useful for extending the life of older TV (no scart) or, for newer TV's, easier than feeding a thick/unwieldy scart cable some distance to the telly. [NOTE: Such boxes are not easy to find. In my quest I thought that "RF Out" was all I needed But then I discovered that on many boxes which have an "RF Out" that this is actually a simple by-pass loop and would only send raw, unprocessed signals to the TV. You need to double check that "RF Out" is an an RF/UHF Modulator.]

-Secondly, set-up is easy - once plugged in and all connected, hit OK on the remote and off it goes.

-Thirdly, it has all the features you need, Channel list, Favourite lists, simple but effective 7-day program guide, good Remote which can also control your TV on/off and volume.

-Fourthly, in "standby" it will continually search and add new channels automatically and tell you the next time you switch on.

Overall you cannot fault it for the price. Does the job - does it well.

UPDATE:
So pleased with this box I have now installed a second box for another TV (in another room) but came across a new problem. Basically could not get any signal at all.
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a great buy, cheap, easy to use and set up. Also very quick delivery. I would definitely recommend this for people looking for a cheap freeview box which is easy to use
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I recently gave this product a 3 star rating but after after a couple of weeks use i am very impressed with it so i am re rating it as a must buy 5 star
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I am delighted with this set-top box. It comes well-packed and with a truly understandable set of instructions in clear English. I have an old TV which I believed was ready for the scrap heap before the switch-over, but picture and sound are now crystal clear.

The box is easy to set up for an amateur like me, and comes supplied with everything you need including batteries for the remote. There is a scart cable for relatively modern TVs and an RF cable for the sets that don't even have that. As soon as the box is plugged in, tuning is automatic and takes seconds.

The remote control is well-designed, comfortable to hold and easy to understand. It has a home button which takes you direct to BBC 1 and then a toggle button to the other channels. None of it complicated. It has a 'radio/TV' button for easy navigation between the two. The on-screen programme guide is quite adequate, giving now and next day immediately with 7-day information after a longer wait. You can, if you wish, reprogramme this remote control to include your TV as well.

All in all a lovely, well-made product, suitable for any non-digital TV and still working perfectly two years later. Includes parental control lock and subtitle buttons which are easy to find and use. Includes an automatic 'stand-by' function which kicks in after three hours if you've changed nothing. Very useful if you have a family member who falls asleep in front of the TV, but can be switched off. The box, instructions and especially the remote are suitable for the visually impaired and the audio-describer facility, which adds comments such as 'she munches an apple' is awesome.
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