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4.0 out of 5 stars Very cheap way of recording digital TV, 15 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: FREEVIEW RECEIVER & RECORDER SET TOP BOX Digital TV Tuner, Media Player, Records onto SD CARD or USB MEMORY, digi box by Digi-fun® (Electronics)
I wasn't expecting a lot from this. It's only a pound or so more expensive than the cheapest DTV boxes, but claims to offer the extra feature of recording too. I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. It records onto SD card or pen drive, with the 16GB card I've put in allowing up to around 13 hours of very high quality playback.

It needs a bit of careful setting up to get it recording properly. To record, you have to switch the epg into weekly mode by pressing the green button, then select the programme you want to record by pressing select. This takes you into the Timer sub menu, where for some odd reason the default action is just to wake up the box for the programme you have selected. If you move down the menu to 'wake-up' and cycle through til the display shows 'Recorder', then press Select, the box shows a message to say it's been updated. This actually means the recording has been scheduled. Thankfully these settings are then saved, so future recordings are simple.

You can schedule up to 7 recordings, providing there's enough space on your card. The box needs to be left on to record, but obviously not the TV.

It records in mpeg2 format, and once the recording is on the card it can be played back from the DTV box, or in any other device (PC, DVD player) which has a USB input. It also means you can archive programmes by simply copying them onto your PC from the card and either saving them to hard disk or copying them onto DVD.

It's tiny, so is very unobtrusive, and comes with a remote contol breakout and small but usable remote control. No batteries supplied so grab a couple of AAAs before delivery. It's simple to plug in and it collects all the available channels easily.

There's a fair bit hidden inside the menu system, including the ability to play back movies in many formats, including XVID/DivX.

The only downside is that it's not particularly easy to navigate, and playback of recordings is strangely hidden under 'Disk Management' If it wasn't for the need to have some experience of how these things work I'd have given it 5 stars, but for the money, it really is a bit of a bargain.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2011 01:32:17 BDT
MA says:
Hi, is it ok to use an SDHC card or does it have to be an SD card.

Thank you

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 13:58:38 BDT
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Posted on 4 Sep 2011 14:06:18 BDT
Great little box - has anyone figured out how to do a fast forward or rewind on the playback - I can only find slow
and pause yet the user manual refers to this.

Posted on 24 Dec 2011 10:22:38 GMT
I can record, if i just press record, but i cant get it to do it on timer, even though it says set up succesful....any help, as in an idiots guide, would be great.

Posted on 19 Jan 2012 00:19:11 GMT
Hi.. many thanks for the detailed review.. =]

One question tho...
Does this playback full screen?

Posted on 14 Feb 2012 11:33:33 GMT
rufusdufus says:
Hi, many thanks for your review without which I would have been a long time figuring out how to record using the timer.

Posted on 14 Jul 2012 14:27:56 BDT
purple_nadia says:
Thanks for your post Mike32514. I found your description about how to use the recorder function more useful than the manual!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 13:55:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 13:57:09 GMT
Charlie says:
I do not own this but ... There are reports that people are using 16GB cards with this. 16GB are not available in SD but only available in SDHC. So the answer to geezer's question is that it can be euther SDHC or SD.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 13:56:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 13:57:34 GMT
Charlie says:
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Posted on 9 Mar 2013 20:09:26 GMT
i cannot tell you how grateful i am for your review. have tried to set up recording and failed then i looked on here at reviews and found yours first so gold stars to you and amazon for putting you rreview at the top thanking v v v muchley
the last box i had recorded two items at a time and was brilliant till we plugged in new tv and then it just stoped working so gave this a go as a stopgap till decideing what to do next but might just get another of these for upstairs and forget the big fancy ones.
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