Technika STBHDIS2010 reviews

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+ This set top box has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on recording quality.

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6.5 out of 10 based on 38 reviews.
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Peter, London

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This box is currently exceptional value for money and should be grabbed if you can and are willing to stick with it. This is the second box I have purchased and this to some extent updates my previous review. The high scores are also intended to reflect developments since then.

Previously, I said the software needed updated. It has been and is significantly better but you may well get one with the old software. Tesco have now put the latest stable version of the software on the Channel Zero web site for you to download to a USB memory stick. Sounds scary but to be honest virtually every Freeview HD box has had problems because it is very new technology. The software on most has been updated since their were first released. It is a good sign that Tesco have done this.

Future developments are promised using Channel Zero to provide catch-up services like BBC iPlayer using a broadband internet connection. Channel Zero appear to have dropped the Reuters News option but this is no great problem. New data is received when the box is in standby so the news always lagged behind very current events. The option has been replaced by a "coming soon" option so this may indicate further Video On Demand possibilities are being explored as Tesco have recently purchased a majority holding in Blinkbox which provides content for these provisions. (Note this is speculation)

Contrary to the front page, this box DOES have a USB socket so you can update the software but you should not need to do this unless the model you get has the first version of the software or you receive your TV from a relay transmitter. The latest software has added a "manual tune" facility which is really helpful if you are in an area where you between two or more transmitters.

The ethernet (broadband) connector is functioning and synchronises to a broadband router using a cable. In future this should be the way to access iPlayer and other Video On Demand services however further software updates may be required and there is no guarantee these will be forthcoming or be the same technically as the very new BBC iPlayer being rolled out on the Freeview HD platform "red button" option.

I have used several HD set top boxes and have the much more expensive Humax Freeview HD tuner to compare it to. (It has had software bugs too!!) Unusually for one of these boxes, the Technika allows you to change the brightness and contrast of the picture sent to your TV so you can balance it to any other HD equipment like Blu-Ray players.

As a piece of hardware it sits somewhere between the high end boxes from manufacturers who co-operated with the BBC and others to develop the Freeview HD standards and the early basic consumer boxes, including those with no channel display on the front panel still sold at several times the price by Tesco's competitors with "famous name" brand labels. It should provide a platform for Tesco to develop Video on Demand services in advance of the "Youview" boxes - which will be much more costly as they will need to have a hard drive - that are due sometime next year if plans go ahead.

As it stands, it is a very nice and stable Freeview HD box once the software has been updated. The shiny "piano black" box co-ordinates well with most televisions and will sit neatly under most with a stand.
Bad points:
The biggest disadvantage of this box is that you do need to be a bit "tech savvy" to make the most out of this audio-visual equipment. This web site is a help buying but you can also get advice on various on-line AV forums.

Does not come with an HDMI cable that you need to connect to your TV. No big deal, some makers do, some selling boxes at many times the cost do not. Remember to pick one up - nothing fancy is needed.

This is a lovely piece of hardware very badly let down by the software initially installed with it that could not cope with simulcasting of BBC programmes on BBC1 HD and BBC HD. You need to be aware of the likely critical software update after first purchase. If your software version number ends in 0133, this may have to be done using the USB update method.

Like many I have read, the instruction booklet is fairly basic and does not go into all the detail you may need to know to use it to its fullest. Tesco have very recently (5 May 2011) used the Channel Zero web site to give advice on the software update.

Channel Zero is currently carried on "Mux D". This frequency is also used to transmit, amongst others, Film4, ITV4 and Yesterday. This is not broadcast in some areas: basically those served by "relay transmitters" after Digital Switch Over and affects mainly those places that could not get the old analogue Channel Five. The relay transmitters will however transmit the current 4 HD channels.

Tesco appear to use Channel Zero to update the software in this box - most other makers use the facilities provided on the HD transmitters. If you cannot get Channel Zero, you may have to do any further software updates via the USB stick method and you may not be able to access future services that depend on it. (This is a future restriction but once the latest software version is on your box, it works perfectly well.)

The remote control has several buttons that are obviously intended for future uses but this does make them quite small.

So far (emphasis) the software has not taken account of recent developments by the BBC so the following features that have become available are not (yet?) implemented. The first two are more aimed at those with personal video recorders (PVRs)

1. Series link. This allows you to book reminders (or set PVR recordings) for a whole series of programmes (Doctor Who or Eastenders for example) from the electronic programme guide in one step

2. Trailer link. This displays a colour button option on-screen so you can set a reminder when you see a trailer for a forthcoming programme no matter how far ahead it is.

3. HD alert. If you are watching a BBC station and the same programme is being broadcast in HD, an on-screen alert allows you to switch using a single button on your remote control.

4. Freeview HD iPlayer. This is a very new (April 2011) red button option from the BBC which allows you to use your HD set top box to access BBC iPlayer via a broadband connection. This is a different route from the Channel Zero option. So far only one set top box has been approved by the BBC. The red button version of iPlayer has already been implemented on Freesat HD. On that satellite platform, ITV Player is also becoming available.using the same technology.

Note that these possible future options like iPlayer will need a good broadband connection. The BBC recommend at least 2 Mb/s for iPlayer on Freesat. Watching these catch-up and the possible "Video Over Internet" content services also use up any limited monthly broadband allowances very quickly. To use them frequently you ideally need to be on a true "unlimited" broadband package.

A few further minor points.

I tested the Audio Description briefly on an episode of Eastenders and found the audio a bit muffled. This might be due to the specific programme but you may wish to test it if you need the facility - the small buttons could also be challenging for the visually disabled.

Some people report the left and right sound channels are reversed when using high end audio equipment but I have not noticed this on TV. (This could be fixed by software upgrades or by using the other outputs to audio gear)

The box needs to be left plugged in when on standby and with a proper, ideally external, aerial (set top aerials are not recommended by any maker, they may work if you are in strong signal areas but are unreliable). The same is true of all Freeview HD equipment but in the case of this box, disconnecting from the mains also wipes the Channel Zero information.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Range of features 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Apr 2011

Sam, Bovingdon, Herts

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I have had no problems with this box but i think it depends on how good the signal is with your areial and ours is excellent, great price for a hd box would recommend.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Range of features 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Apr 2011

Malcolm, Nottingham, Watnall Buy good right price

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Range of features 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 May 2011

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Clear picture
Bad points:
Couldn't get any HD channels yet but may be due to my antenna
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Range of features 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 May 2011

andrew, abertillery

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
easy to set up. a good quality picture
Bad points:
it was alright for the first couple of days but now it loses the hd channels sometimes ,and you have to retune the box.the electronic program guide do not always show what is on the channels so you have to use a tv mag. you only get what you pay for ,so for the price it is not bad for first box
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Range of features 6.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 May 2011

Bob, Leeds A good buy

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small compact and nicely styled
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Range of features 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 May 2011

David, Woking

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Very easy initial set up and versatile favorites/group features with excellent HD picture .........
Bad points:
....... for about half an hour if your lucky. Loses HD channels without warning, locks up and on/off switch will not respond etc. (see other reviews). I took first one back to Tesco and got exchange which was just as bad. I would be happy if only the HD channels worked. With such a high failure rate there is clearly a Design/manufacturing/quality control problem with this box. I may give it a third chance but with the price of petrol today it's costing more than the box!
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Range of features 6.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 May 2011

Product Features

Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Connections Ethernet
Connections HDMI
Extra functions Electronic Program Guide
Upscaling No
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 0.0
Energy Savings Trust feature No
Release date 2010-06-15
 
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