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Topic # 81877 19-Apr-2011 17:10
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The new T-Box with FreeView|HD gives you all the recording features available with our T-Box with SKY product, without having to pay for a subscription TV service. T-Box with FreeView|HD  gives you access to the 14 free-to-air television channels and 3 free-to-air radio stations available through Freeview - you only pay for the monthly hardware rental.

The channels are delivered to your home via cable, avoiding possible signal level issues in some areas where Freeview signal may be compromised.

if you choose T-Box with FreeView|HD  you don't need to buy a digital television recorder or install a UHF antenna. We are responsible for ongoing maintenance and ugprade of the unit, and we will replace the box if faulty.  

Plus you don't have to worry about the Government's analogue TV transmission shutdown in September 2013 (http://www.freeviewnz.tv/what_is_freeview/page/digital_switch_over).

And as a first, new and existing customers can choose to get T-Box with FreeView|HD with a Broadband only service (no phoneline required).

Existing customers with Phone Line and/or Broadband can choose T-Box with FreeView|HD.  Installation fees may apply and early termination charges apply.  See http://www.tbox.co.nz for more details.

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  Reply # 460893 20-Apr-2011 12:16
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I called to see what the deal is and found the cost is $199 install charge + $25 per month (extra decoder) and $14.95 per month (rental for the T-Box) if it's a second decoder. Also a downgrade to Freeview|HD on a current T-Box is an install charge and 24 month contract and you can't have one sky and one Freeview|HD either you need the same plan for all decoders. That $25 just because you have a second decoder charge makes no sense to me. Charging for HD is bad enough but what does it cost to have a second decoder in an already connected home. I guess it might be an attractive option for some new customers that have Telstra cabling but no Freeview|HD reception but I can't see much benefit for existing customers of either service.

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  Reply # 460899 20-Apr-2011 12:42
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I guess it might be an attractive option for some new customers that have Telstra cabling but no Freeview|HD reception but I can't see much benefit for existing customers of either service.


Also a number of apartment blocks in Welly have Telstra cabling throughout with no way of adding extra cabling to those buildings. As its impossible to combine a UHF antenna feed with the HFC feed they have no choice but to take Telstra's service no matter how they tried.

Many of these buildings also have covenants of no dish's, and no external antennas, so you stuck. I have fielded many calls from tentants of these buildings locked in by both Telstra and the Building developers asking how to get around this, pity there was not something to outlaw this.

Cyril

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