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You need to know this if you buy this box...
on 2 March 2014
I bought this box after doing the usual exhaustive dredging of the internet trying to find info before buying.
I went for this box as in the seemingly limited HD Freeview tuner-only market there's not much choice, and a lot of the other boxes I read reviews for complained of a poor EPG. This one is ok though, in my opinion.
When it arrived there was a sticker on the top of the box itself telling me I needed to do an update to the box, and giving a web address for this purpose. Unfortunately this address no longer works. After more dredging, I discovered that Digital Stream have apparently pulled out of the UK market. I guess leaving their download page up and running was too big an ask, and the over-the-air update option said there was nothing available.
After yet more internet dredging, including wasting time on Digital Stream's own website (which only lists the manual for download for this machine in the download section) I stumbled across the updates listed at the following page:
I had to download the file, unzip it, then re-format a USB drive to FAT32 format (I use a Mac - if you do, here's the info you need to do it: [...]) and then put just the files (no folder that they came in) onto the drive. Once I plugged it in it did manage to update using the box's menu.
Sadly for me, I appear to have moved to a house with poor reception on the HD channels, so I'll probably piss some more cash away on a signal booster before arriving at the conclusion that a £15 cheapo Freeview box would've saved me money, time and grief - although this isn't really the fault of the Digital Stream box.
Basically, the EPG seems decent, the normal channels look fine, and the box seems to be doing it's job. It comes with a HDMI and SCART lead in the box which is good, but the woeful lack of support to get the box updated is a cheaply and easily avoided issue (especially as I have done all the work required here for yours/the seller's benefit).
The reason for only giving 3 stars was really down to the fact that I had to spend a long time figuring this stuff out.