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Topic # 86610 9-Jul-2011 19:17
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After my round of golf today, one player stated he had to go digital with an earlier Sony HDTV that had no Freeview decoder. As I've always run an HTPC, I thought the best solution was a dual tuner Freeview DVB-T settop box.

But is this the best solution for a multi-tuner FreeviewHD watcher? Am not up to speed with what's in the marketplace, so input would be greatly appreciated Wink

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  Reply # 491497 9-Jul-2011 19:58
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If he's a Telecom customer then TiVo is great value for money, they were going for under $400.

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  Reply # 491515 9-Jul-2011 20:59
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scuwp: If he's a Telecom customer then TiVo is great value for money, they were going for under $400.

I thought that as well, and at one point was close to purchase, but have been reading some of the feedback from not-so-happy TiVo owners in the relevant forum. Among other things:

- crappy service from Hybrid when something goes wrong
- lack of some channels on the EPG (notably Prime)
- being dependent on Hybrid for the EPG when the company's finances and future look none too rosy
- the extortionate price they charge to flip a switch so you can see *your* harddrive over your network

all put me off. If (when?) Hybrid folds much of the units functionality will simply disappear.

For a non-geek, they should go with a Freeview box, that will plug in be simple to use and just work. It won't do much more than record and play, but it will do that just fine.  One of the Dish TV units would probably be OK. I have steered older non-technical relatives in this direction with few issues.

If they have a few more geek braincells, and don't mind losing the Freeview EPG, then a non-freeview-approved recording box or HTPC that doesn't have the irritating Freeview restrictions (60 second skip removal etc) could be a better option.

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