Freeview + Record/Pause etc

  • Zeffi 13 Aug 2019 17:56:17 1,015 posts
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    Hi,

    I've convinced my folks to dump Sky and get freeview as they only watch the standard channels anyway.

    Can anyone recommend a freeview box that has record/pause/rewind etc (preferably nothing too complex) for < 100?

    Thanks :lol:
  • Alastair 13 Aug 2019 18:14:00 23,968 posts
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    Humax make decent boxes in my experience.
  • KD 13 Aug 2019 18:15:46 2,248 posts
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    My grandparents recently had a BT Youview box after the ancient thing they had stopped working, apart from the eyesight problems they seem fine operating it.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 13 Aug 2019 19:00:35 2,370 posts
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    Check if their tv supports it via usb, all of mine do
  • Gruff 13 Aug 2019 19:11:55 3,486 posts
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    Get an old BT YouView box off eBay for under 50, it has all that functionality, mine was made by Humax not sure if they all are.
  • Zeffi 14 Aug 2019 00:47:14 1,015 posts
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    Thanks all

    CrispyXUKTurbo wrote:
    Check if their tv supports it via usb, all of mine do
    Can you explain? I think their TV does have USB
  • BigOrkWaaagh 14 Aug 2019 08:20:43 8,991 posts
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    Zeffi wrote:
    Thanks all

    CrispyXUKTurbo wrote:
    Check if their tv supports it via usb, all of mine do
    Can you explain? I think their TV does have USB
    Newer TVs have Freeview+ built in and are able to record to a connected USB device. Obviously you would have to check to see if theirs does or not. Also be aware that on my LG TV at least you can record to anything but you can only pause when using a HDD (ie not a flash stick) due to it needing to write and read simultaneously.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 14 Aug 2019 10:38:49 2,370 posts
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    I have an 8 year old samsung in the bedroom that does it. Just plug a USB stick in and look for a record/pause button on the remote to test.
  • Deleted user 14 August 2019 11:09:08
    CrispyXUKTurbo wrote:
    I have an 8 year old samsung in the bedroom that does it. Just plug a USB stick in and look for a record/pause button on the remote to test.
    Might need to be a fast usb stick. Mine refused to play with the ones I tested, so I plugged in an external hard drive and I record everything to that.
  • Blackmarsh63 14 Aug 2019 11:16:52 2,708 posts
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    I'd agree with the Humax route. They've being doing boxes for years and mines still going strong .
  • DakeyrasUK 14 Aug 2019 19:34:29 3,262 posts
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    Can't they just keep using the sky box for recording and watching free view?
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Aug 2019 19:40:02 7,746 posts
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    You have to pay Sky to be able to record. Its why the biggest rip off in their entire rip off model is when they try to charge you for replacing the box WHICH CAN ONLY ACCESS THEIR PREMIUM CONTENT AND REMAINS THEIR PROPERTY when it is out of 'warranty'
  • Blackmarsh63 14 Aug 2019 20:11:21 2,708 posts
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    An alternative might be a Humax Freesat box. Uses the existing dish.
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