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Topic # 84706 6-Jun-2011 13:08
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The items I have shipped from the UK arrive next week! Can't wait.
I have a TV etc but need to buy a Freeview HD box.

Not bothered about PVR functionality, just a small box with a HDMI port to watch FreeviewHD via the ariel.

If anyone could recommend some models that would be tops.

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  Reply # 478262 6-Jun-2011 17:15

My only experience with basic boxes is with the original Zinwell ZMT-620. They were pretty good a few years ago, but the tuners seem to all be failing now. Half the ones I knew of are now dead.

The DishTV-1020 won the latest Freeview NZ award didn't it? Maybe a good one to go for.

I know a guy with a Sommet box and he likes it.

Anyone else love/hate these?




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  Reply # 478888 8-Jun-2011 10:44
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I have been playing around with an Orton 7000 I picked up new on Trade Me for about $180. So far HD reception quality seems good and user interface is fairly straightforward but PVR functionality is pretty worthless. I definitely wouldn't recommend it for recording HD though I'm still investigating that, but if that isn't important to you, it might be okay as just a straightforward HD receiver. Another thing I don't like, though, is that some settings (like surround sound on TV3) don't get saved when power to everything is cut at night so they have to keep being reset the next day. Just like a VCR.






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  Reply # 478923 8-Jun-2011 12:38
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The original Zinwell/DSE are servicable but no great shakes for performance.

Easy to find and cheap.

Some of the best performers were the Draco HDTV3900 and HDTV6300.

Blighted by dodgy build quality, iffy reliability and so-so support.

They also made a Freeview approved model, HDTV5500.

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  Reply # 479030 8-Jun-2011 17:01
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You can now buy the DishTV T1020 receiver with EPG and recording for $149 which kind of depreciates the Orton.

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  Reply # 479069 8-Jun-2011 18:43
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bfginger: You can now buy the DishTV T1020 receiver with EPG and recording for $149 which kind of depreciates the Orton.


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  Reply # 480132 11-Jun-2011 19:06
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Cheers for the replies guys. Liking the sound of the DishTV one.

MKV support as well! super.




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  Reply # 480184 11-Jun-2011 22:04
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Grab a Dish TV - best of a cheap bunch I suppose.
$149 at most of the big box stores.

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  Reply # 480719 13-Jun-2011 19:15
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i have a dishtv t1020 ... only had it for 10 days but so far so good. Good interface menus etc.

DLNA streaming is apparently in the works for its ethernet port. not too many other limitations i'm aware of.



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  Reply # 480731 13-Jun-2011 20:38
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Where abouts did you buy it from. Wet into Bond and Bond in Newmarket today, they had it for $199!  :-(




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  Reply # 480995 14-Jun-2011 13:50
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Anyone else find the Dish TV oddly named ?


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  Reply # 481010 14-Jun-2011 14:15
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It's $149 at Nardly Normal's. And yes... Dish TV is a confusing brand name for a company that make terrestrial and satellite boxes...

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