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Topic # 13320 3-May-2007 23:13
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Hi, I am thinking of buying a Set Top Box for Freeview TV, what spec do I need to look for in order to ensure compatability?

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  Reply # 69651 5-May-2007 22:32
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I think that there is a forum somewhere else on this site about this kind of thing. I can't remember where it is so I can't help you with that but you could try looking for it.

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  Reply # 69664 6-May-2007 09:45
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Virtually any DVB-S receiver will work with Freeview. The problem is you won't get the EPG unless you have a receiver with MHEG-5 support, something that is presently limited to Freeview certified boxes here in NZ.

Why would you want to buy a receiver overseas anyway? There are plenty of companies in NZ selling satellite TV gear and their pricing in most cases is very compatitive. I would be surprised if you could save much by buying something overseas. Cheap STB's that will work with Freeview can be purchased for around $130ish now.


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  Reply # 71872 23-May-2007 12:56
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If you can wait 6 – 12 months I’m sure the Warehouse will bring out a Red Stamp/transonic STB for next to nothing! Tongue out

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  Reply # 71895 23-May-2007 14:09
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Check out Trademe as well - there are several sellers with Freeview compatable STB's - I have used one in the last month bought STB for $110 - works well and displays EPG



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