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Thomson Top Up TV - 250Gb Freeview Twin Tuner Digital TV Recorder

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Item model number: TUTV+ DTI6300-25
  • ASIN: B0014DPECQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Feb. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,626 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 250Gb Digital TV Recorder
Freeview+   Digital TV

Thomson Top Up TV+ 250GB 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 250GB hard disk, you can record up to 180 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
  • 250GB hard disk drive
  • Manufactured by Thomson
  • Digital Tuner/Freeview
  • Freeview+
  • Record up to 180 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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Thomson Top Up TV - 250Gb Freeview Twin Tuner Digital TV Recorder
This model is available with either a 160 or 250GB disc. I have had both . Both machines are identical with the only differences being the capacity of the Hard drive and therefore the recording capacity and price.
When this machine works properly, the results are excellent and there are really no other models on the market that gives this level of functionality and quality at this price. With an RGB and digital audio output, the picture and sound quality is outstanding with no noticeable degradation whatsoever when played through my 28" CRT widescreen and Dolby audio amplifier. Also you can record two channels simultanously and watch an earlier recording all at the same time. Recordings are set really simply. Just select the programme you want to watch from the 14 day EPG and press the Record button. If you are recording a series, you will be presented with an option where it will ask if you want to record all furture recordings from that series. It also intelligently knows not to record repeats, e.g. if the same episode is shown again later in the day, it wont record it twice. Another advantage is that it can record radio programmes in the same way from the many radio stations available on Freeview, though the 'series' feature doesnt function with the radio channels.
Now lets look at the negative aspects. If you have read most of the other reviews, you will notice that there are some teething problems with this model. However most can be overcome quite easily and I will show you how this can be done.
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I got this STB for our second TV, thinking that I would replace my primary Thomson DHD4000 PVR (on our main TV) once I had got used to this Thomson DTI6300 (or TopUpTV version). I got it mainly because our old DHD4000 has a tiny hard disk and (foolishly) thought that Thomson would have leveraged (and improved on) their brilliant useability on the DHD4000 for this DTI6300. I didn't want the TUTV but thought that it would be an added bonus if I ever did decide to use it.

For this reason, as I know reviews can be misleading at times (bad news travelling quicker and wider than good news) and firmware upgrades correct many problems, I ignored some of the bad press about this box.

How wrong I was (about leveraging useability) and how I will rue the day about not double-checking such basic assumptions!!

Basically, if you don't want TUTV, don't get this box!
1. The EPG only uses about 40% of the screen area, showing only a handful of Freeview channels at a time...with a huge area of dead space before the mandatory TUTV toolbar. So it is very hard to see what is on at a glance without having to scroll backwards and forwards through multiple pages.
2. There is no way to organise the channels into a custom order. I.e. they appear in scan frequency order (or it seems to). So you can't organise it so that Channel4 and Channel4+1 are next to each other. Yes, you can setup Favourite channels but they will appear in the same order as above (i.e. just with your non-Favourite channels filtered out).
3. There is no TV preview while reviewing the EPG (unlike on the DHD4000). This means that, whatever you were watching, you can't watch or hear while reviewing the EPG.
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I've had this product for about 10 months. I'll list the good and bad points.
Good points
1. Great Product idea
2. You can watch Setanta sports with a subscription if you cant get sky
3. Set up is simple
Bad Points
1. Freeview tuner is poor especially if you view on a large screen TV
2. Top up TV service is awful. You might find one program per day watchable if your lucky
3. Top Up TV hogs half your hard disc space
4. Software is unreliable
5. My unit has been exchanged twice in 10 months due to faults
6. Its completely died on me tonight, will not even switch on. Its now in the bin, I cant be bothered to exchange for a new one again!

And finally friend of mine has had a similar experience with his unit too so it seems its not just bad luck.
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This was amazingly easy to set up! I just plugged in all the cables and turned it on and, after going through all the information screens, it was working. I didn't want the Top-Up TV option, so I followed the instructions on one of the included sheets which explained how to free up space on the disk which would otherwise be used up by this feature - increasing the capacity to around 120 hours.

The process of recording programmes is very simple - just choose it from the guide and press the record button. The series link option allows you to automatically record every episode and the picture quality and sound are both excellent (DVD quality).

I have only two small complaints: the box itself - and the control buttons in particular - is very flimsy (although this isn't that important because you never need to touch the box once you've configured it); and, the hard disk spins continuously making a small amount of noise, which seems completely unnecessary.

Overall, I'm very impressed.

[EDIT: The unit has now completely failed 1 year after purchase, so I'm now less impressed than I was.]
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