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Thomson Top Up TV - 160GB Freeview Digital TV Recorder

by Thomson
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

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  • HDD Capacity - 160GB
  • Remote Control Included
  • Colour - Silver/Black
  • Recording Time - up to 120 Hours
This product is not suitable for Freesat
This product is suitable for receiving Freeview channels via a terrestrial aerial. This product is not suitable for using with satellite dishes. If you are looking for a receiver to use with your satellite dish please choose a Freesat product. Click here for more details.


Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.6 Kg
  • Item model number: TUTV+ DTI6300-16
  • ASIN: B000TVHZLC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 July 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,197 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Award Winning Thomson Top Up TV+ Digital TV Recorder

Watch all freeview channels
Pause and rewind live TV
Record without disks or tapes
Twin tuner - Record two channels at once
Computer Shopper 2007 Awards - Best Hard Disk Recorder Thompson Top Up Tv
Thompson 160GB Digital TV Recorder
Freeview+   Digital TV

Thomson Top Up TV+ 160GB Digital TV Recorder – With Freeview

As well as being able to watch all the Freeview channels through your aerial with this Thomson Top Up TV+ Digital TV Recorder ( DTR) you can pause and rewind whatever you’re watching so you never need to miss any of the action.

With its 160GB hard disk, you can record up to 120 hours of TV without tapes including recording 2 channels at once. Plus you can record a whole series at the touch of a button. But that's not all...

Top Up TV Anytime and PictureBox Included Free for One Month
When you buy a Thomson Top Up TV+ Digital TV Recorder, you’ll get an extra 600 hand-picked programmes through Top Up TV Anytime and 30 Hollywood films thanks to PictureBox included free for a month on top of your Freeview Channels.

Top Up TV Anytime
Top Up TV Anytime brings you extra entertainment from channels like LIVING, Paramount Comedy, Discovery and UKTV Gold. Whether you love comedy, drama, music or documentaries, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and you can watch it all when you want because programmes are automatically saved for you.

Anytime TV

Picture Box
Film fans will love PictureBox with its choice of 30 Hollywood films each month – from blockbusters like King Kong and Lost in Translation to classics like Bridget Jones and Gladiator. They all start when you say so and you can watch them like a DVD.

Picture Box

You’ll get these two extra services for one month at absolutely no extra cost. And there’s no annual contract if you choose to stay with us.

Setanta Sports
Barclays Premier League and much more

You can upgrade to Setanta Sports and watch some of the best sporting action on TV (and the only premium Sport on Freeview), including exclusively live England Internationals as well as the other Home Nations 2010 World Cup away qualifiers. Barclays and Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches all season long, the Community Shield, the FA Cup, the US PGA golf tour, Magners League rugby and the Indian Premier League cricket to name but a few. You can pause and rewind to enjoy the action again and again – and all with no annual contract.

Setanta Sports
Technical Details
  • 160GB hard disk drive
  • Manufactured by Thomson
  • Digital Tuner/Freeview
  • Freeview+
  • Record up to 120 hours of programmes
  • Pause and rewind Live TV
  • 14 day TV Guide
  • Simple Installation
  • 2 x scart socket
  • 1 x remote control


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I don't normally take the time to review goods but because of the problems i've had i felt i should.

I've had the box for for 2 months now, my 2nd box i should say. The box seems to reset itself constantly, this is a manufacturing fault, and as if yet no update has been made to correct it. It seems to happen when things are set to tape, it just switches itself of and wont go back on. Incredibly annoying sitting for 5 minutes waiting for it to correct itself. even if you unplug it and replug it you still have to wait 3-5 minutes before the picture comes back, annoying when your watching sport or the news or something.

I think its a great idea, however it just simply doesnt work, and theres nothing i can do to fix it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a let down 20 May 2008
I am just going to echo what other people have said, but I feel I should just to add to the chorus dissauding people for buying this. It started out so well, this thing, and then it mysteriously gobbled up 20 hours free time on the hard disc, and then it started to freeze in the library section, on fast forward, to flip back to the beginning during past forward, to freeze almost all the time in the library section, to record the wrong thing, and now to freeze just in TV mode. It is going back to the shop tomorrow and I am going to walk in clutching a bunch of these reviews and refuse a replacement. It could be so good and it is so bad. I just cannot believe that Thomsons see it as acceptable to sell these things in such a bad state. I'm going to get myself the Humax box instead. solid, reliable and, yes, that bit much more expensive!! It would seem that you get what you pay for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pound for pound the best recorder I've used 10 Oct 2007
At £94.99 - I found it difficult to go wrong with this recorder. Previously I had used a Sagem freeview recorder and before that I had a Astratec.

Where this one wins hands down for me, is the ease of use and the way that the programmes and channels are set out on the programme guide. For the first time someone has developed a programme guide that's easy to use - the '"green" 'go to day' option taking a lot of the legwork out of going to future days to find the programmes that I wanted to record. It's really easy to set a recording and setting a series recording is just as easy.

I haven't subscribed to the Top Up TV Anytime service yet, but they did include a voucher offering me a months free trial with no strings attached in with the recorder so I will probably take that option up once I've got used to it.

I've read some of the other reviews and I just simply haven't had the problems that others have had - particularly the ffwd or lost recording problem.

Granted the disk drive makes a just audible noise when I sit in my living room in complete silence but not to the point that it is intrusive.

At £94.99 I don't think you can go wrong and becuase it can get Setanta Sports as well it seems a bargain.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not touch this with a barge pole! 18 Mar 2008
By John
This has to be the biggest heap of junk I have ever had the misfortune to use! Firstly it will make your living room sound like there is a jumbo jet taking off in it! This I could just about deal with but the most annoying thing is it doesn't record! Out of the 10 recorings I tried to make 9 of them became corrupted and were automatically deleted (which you only find out once you check your messages). Dont be fooled by all the fixes available, I spent a week trying to get the thing to work but gave up and got my money back. This is a cheap, tacky piece of junk and the only reason I gave it one star was because that was the lowest it could go!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple, cheap, easy to use but slightly noisy 26 Nov 2007
I had been thinking about buying one of these for a while. To be honest, I had read so many poor reviews of this item that I was slightly put off. But the area where I live does not have cable, and I didn't want a satellite dish on my wall so Top-Up TV plus seemed the only choice.

The unit does make a noise. It reminds me of the noise that the old VHS video players used to make- except it's there all the time of course. The noise is not as much as you'd get from a desktop PC, but it's a similar type of noise. We got used to it- well, you have no choice really. My friend has an identical unit which he keeps in a glass fronted cabinet. The glass stops the noise completely.
As for the unit itself, it is very easy - "intuitive" to set up and it is remarkably easy to use. We do have had a couple of problems with "skipping" ( where the picture jumps) but nothing too serious. In the main things have been OK. Let's face it- It was made by Thompson,, it only cost 79 quid so what do you expect? I'd say it is a very easy piece of equipment to get the hang of, and it does change the way you watch TV. It is delightful being able to "fast forward" through the adverts.

We have had to "re-boot" this recorder on occasion, because it freezes up. Strangely, I don't get annoyed by this- I just think that the machine is "quirky". It's actually quite a fun item to own.

And now for our new friends, "Top up TV Plus". The call centre is in Scotland and I phoned them a couple of times when I was setting up the account. They are very helpful indeed. As for their program content, well it is pretty poor but you can usually find SOMETHING you'd want to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
bought this in2008, it last 5 years. and it was worth the money paid - cheaper than free review recorders around today. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jams
3.0 out of 5 stars THOMSON TOP UP TV
NOT A BAD PRODUCT IT HAS A RECORDER BUILT IN THE SYSTEM. Which make this product cool. A little bit bulky but ok
Published 10 months ago by A. Adesanya
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomson Top Up TV Box
It was great that I was able to obtain a replacement for my old box which is no longer supplied by Top UP TV. Works a treat!!!
Published 14 months ago by Alan P
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install
Box came within a couple of days. Was in original box with all the instructions.
Looks like new and was easy to install. Now running Sky Sports 1 and 2 and ESPN sports. Read more
Published 17 months ago by madmax
5.0 out of 5 stars No problem with this at all
I have had this set top box now direct from topuptv for 3 or 4 years and have not had any problems with it whatsover.... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. J. P. Scully
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor
I am on my umpteenth replacement box in the last couple of years and have finally given up with this box. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Louise
1.0 out of 5 stars Good recommendation-Appalling in use.
I bought this piece of equipment because my friend had one and he was well pleased. I bought the Thompson 160 from Asda but when I got it home it did not work properly. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chris Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't touch with a bargepole
I bought one of these about 5 years ago (not off Amazon) and had nothing but trouble with it. I had to pull the plug out to reset it every time I wanted to use it through it... Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2011 by kevinsprake
1.0 out of 5 stars when will there be an actual fix for this?
I've had this box for a while now and had just about all the problems listed here by others. I have discovered hidden menus like the setting menu (goto HELP and press 1793 or 1397)... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by id-dis
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money!
I bought one of these because we coundn't afford Sky,Well we have experienced all the problems other purchasers have with recording, freezing and the system noise. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Mike.
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