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Thomson Top Up TV - 160GB Freeview Digital TV Recorder

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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: 3.4 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 (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,264 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

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

1.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Chilton on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 5 Sept. 2007
I've had my Top Up+ box for about 3 months now and have to say i'm really pleased with it! I'd never had a PVR before and apart from finding it really easy to use, find it saves me loads of time too. i set it to series link things like eastenders so as not to miss any and like that it lets you record a couple of things at once.
I had a couple of issues when setting up but when i rang customer service they were able to fix them and were generally pretty helpful. There's a good selection of programmes that get downloaded to the box too. I don't watch everything as i don't have kids but i've opted not to take those downloads. It hasn't got as many channels as Sky but then it's a fraction of the price. On the whole, i think it's a pretty good and would recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Horner on 8 Oct. 2007
Firstly the concept behind the machine is great. The only real problem i've had with this item is the issue with ffwd/rwd which everyone else refers to above and particularly if you've used Sky+ before you'll find this little flaw incredibly frustrating.

However the trick is never press "play/pause" to stop it when you are fast forwarding or rewinding (as it will jump back to the previous time you hit ffwd/rwd and everything ends up playing not unlike the movie Memento) but slow it back down to play speed by hitting the other button in the reverse direction the same number of times - ie if you hit ffwd three times to get it up to 8x speed, hit rwd three times to play it normally.

Of course whether you think you should have to resort to "tricks" with something that costs the best part of £100 is up to you, but the point is the machine is usuable and currently seems to be the only option for Top up tv.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark S. Penrice on 12 April 2008
Enough of these reviews have been written already... I just want to bring the average down from the inexplicable 2.5 stars it's at already :)

The price was right, but maybe I should have been more wary about expecting it was possible to get this much technology so cheaply. The basic features are all there, and it's nicely laid out and easy to use, and when it works, it works quite well. However there are, like in most of the preceding comments, a number of flies in the otherwise tasty soup.

Things are somewhat improved with the most recent over-the-air software update (which may take a few days to be re-sent if you have a freshly purchased box), and so the main concept of queueing up programmes in the EPG to be recorded for later viewing is generally reliable... which it certainly wasn't originally (though that may have been something to do with our originally poor aerial), but even over the last fortnight there have been some issues such as a couple of mistimed recording starts (being an hour or so early, though it at least didn't cut short), one corrupt recording that locked the box the first few times I tried to delete it, three or four missed recordings and failed series links, and the ever-present fastforward and rewind glitches (occasionally going so far as to freeze the thing), and couple of silly annoyances like not being able to start an ad-hoc second recording without actually adding it from the EPG rather than using the "one touch record" function.
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