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#202967 - 2nd Feb 2008 6:08pm Topup TV
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Anyone got this or know anyone who has it? Possibly getting it in the next couple of months to ditch me Sky+ unless I suddenly find myself making use of it.

Not really interested in the Anytime service, for an extra 10 a month id rather stay with Sky and sort the dish meself again then get ton's of channels, but am finding am not using the box much or watching any of the Sky channel's anymore as I have become so used to not doing so over the last few months.

Ive been reading on DS and the opinion's seem 50/50; some people love it and some people detest it. I know a lot about the service itself etc, all the technical shite as you'd expect, but don't know if it's gonna work for me lol!

So... opinion's and user-experience's welcome on both the + element of the service and I suppose the Anytime element of the service as well.

Preferably, I would like opinion's from people who have been reguarly using it/know someone reguarly using it within the last 6 months, as there have been a couple of over-air firmware revision's that have "supposedly" ironed out most of the bugs.

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For those not sure, this is the box im wondering about (none of the earlier non-PVR boxes):


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#202972 - 2nd Feb 2008 6:17pm Re: Topup TV [Re: MattLFC]
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What price does that one come in at ?
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#202974 - 2nd Feb 2008 6:31pm Re: Topup TV [Re: Mark]
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99 for the 160GB or 129 for the 250GB (or 149 dependent upon "how" you buy it).

It a twin tuner freeview PVR, no monthly subscription unless ye want the Anytime service which is 9.99 or Setanta which again is 9.99 per month. Basically a very similar interface to Sky+, even the remote is modelled on the Sky+ remote.

There were a lot of issue's with the box when it first launched, but they have had 5 software updates since and it's said to be pretty stable. It took Sky many moon's to sort out all the issue's on the Sky+ service when that first launched so tis to be expected I suppose.

Lookin at it as a perfect replacement for me Sky+ should I get rid of it; all the features of Sky+ pretty much but without any monthly fee, yet with the ability to upgrade to services like Setanta, TUTV Anytime and other future services via the CAM card.

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#202979 - 2nd Feb 2008 7:00pm Re: Topup TV [Re: MattLFC]
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hmm looks and sounds good, im after something with a twin tuner and HDD. would you pick up anymore channels than normal? there are a few similar things in maplin but you use a satalite dish and get up to 2000channels?

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#203038 - 2nd Feb 2008 9:57pm Re: Topup TV [Re: Wheels]
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No matey, without subscription, you only get the standard Freeview channels etc...

With the anytime subscription (9.99 per month), you would get UKTV Gold, UKTV Style and Cartoon Network iirc (they used to have more channel's but Channel 5 bought shares in Topup so they could use the Topup mux capacity for the likes of 5Life etc the gits lol), plus 600 hours of on-demand content per month from most of the popular channels like Living etc..

You can also subscribe to Setanta for premium sports for 9.99 per month and PictureBox for premium movies for 5.00 per month, im not sure if thats a channel or if its like the anytime service whereby the movies are on-demand, I think it's the latter.

The sat dishes can get upto 2000 channel's, but they will mostly be foreign channels as most of the channels on Astra 2D are locked to Sky system's only, there is about 100 or so that arnt, but they are mainly shite, I think a lot require a solus card or whatever they give out nawadays or a fomer Sky viewing card.

For these system's, usually they dont point to 28.2E but to like 13E which is a Hotbird sat iirc, and operators like Eutelsat and the like use it, not sure what channel's are on, probably the likes of MTV Europe and Viva etc, basically the digital version's of the old Analogue Sat service at 29 degree's before they all changed to digital??

If you are looking for a PVR for Freeview, given the interface is very tidy on this box, there is a lot of room for upgrading to future service and the price is much cheaper then competitor's, I can't see any reason to buy any other more expensive Freeview PVR's?

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