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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value Freeview HD receiver/recorder, 4 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: August DVB400- HD Freeview Set Top PVR Box - DVB-T/T2 Receiver with Multi Media Player,HDMI Out and Digital Coaxial Audio Out - USB PVR Style TV Recorder (Electronics)
I decided to risk getting this STB despite some poor reviews and I am glad I did!

After plugging it in (you need an HDMI lead) and connecting it to an external aerial and my Kogan TV it picked up all the Freeview channels in my area (50 or 60) plus the four HD channels and BBC Red Button HD on Ch 303.

The lipsync issue has been sorted out so I didn't need to download the fix.

Picture and sound are good on SD and excellent on HD.

As Techie pointed out the EPG does not work for HD channels (SD only) and there is no Teletext/Red button service. These are relatively minor issues and you can still tune in direct to the Red Button channels usually on Ch 301-303.

Pause/resume works fine.

Record also works fine but if you want to rename recordings (from Channel/Date/Time) you should use the newer NTFS format in preference to the older FAT 32 format for your recording media. You can use either but if you rename a recording more than 500mb (about 10 minutes of HD) the size will be reduced to this amount.

To format e.g. your USB stick see p 16 of the useful instruction manual: in the PVR menu press EPG, then Format. Use the side arrow key to switch from FAT 32 to NTFS and click Format. After a few minutes you should get a message that your storage media has been successfully reformatted. NB you will lose any data already on the stick/drive so be careful and if possible reformat to NTFS from the start.

Conclusion:

This unit is small and light (as is the remote which some may find fiddly). It is not perfect but at £32.50 it is as cheap as chips and at the time of writing you are unlikely to find a better Freeview HD receiver/recorder without spending a lot more. Ideal for a second set though you may want to spend more for your main set.
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