Thomson Top Up TV - 250Gb Freeview Twin Tuner Digital TV Recorder
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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...
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
1. Great Product idea
2. You can watch Setanta sports with a subscription if you cant get sky
3. Set up is simple
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.
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.]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We kept this item aside for 3 months after buying until our old one packed in. Upon going to use it, it did not work. We have had this checked out and it is confirmed as faulty. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by May
this is the worst freeview box in history! it just decided to freeze from time to time, turns its self off when ever it wants as well. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2011 by paul jones
We have this box, but from top up tv The first box was ok, Have used Thompson boxes for some years now, always with the odd tweeks and something not working, problems came with... Read morePublished on 9 May 2011 by Jane
I've had this model for around 3 years as a back up for when I need to record an extra channel when the Sky+ is already recording 2 channels. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2011 by Amazon Customer
DO NOT BUY A THOMSON PVR.It crashes all the time,randomly misses and deletes recordings,rw and ff functions are frustratingly inaccurate and go to random places in the file. Read morePublished on 18 April 2009 by Mr Beardface
I originally purchaed a Sharp model but that refused to start when I returned from holiday. I couldn't get a replacement so I was given a Thomson Top Up TV recorder. Read morePublished on 13 April 2009 by Boss Bellini
I bought this freeview set-top box from the shops last September as it seemed like a good deal. I wasn't really interested in Top-Up TV but was attracted by the ability to record... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2009 by T. Edwards
I bought this box as it had a deal with Setanta sports. However I'm now trying to return it as it compares very badly to my Windows Media Center and V+ box. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2009 by Mr. Douglas Follett