I need to replace my satellite and UHF receivers but am not sure what to look for, especially in regard to the new Freeview + standard. I know something about the technical aspects, but am no expert. I would appreciate it if someone could help point me in the right direction.
I want to be able to look beyond just the officially-approved devices. Cost and flexibility are important considerations and I am thinking of a combo box that does both UHF and satellite. As far as DVB-T goes, I already have a pre-2013 Sony TV with basic UHF tuner. This works well enough for regular Freeview, though the antenna-fed EPG takes forever to load and there is no recording option. Needless to say, any external box I buy should at least offer more than this.
I am not too worried about the EPG as long as it shows current programmes. I realise it will probably be limited in a non-approved box. My question is whether there is anything else I need to watch out for, other than frequency range, channel bandwidth, and PAL standard. Are there any hidden issues with the new Freeview specifications?
The main thing is the satellite box. The one we have is starting to act up and it needs to be replaced. We use it for more than just Freeview so any new one needs to be capable of full HD satellite reception. There are plenty of stand-alone boxes that can do this. Is there anything I need to watch out for? Suggestions welcome and thanks in advance.