Freeview Boxes : Classic or Dud?

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And also THE MENTALIST which is OK, if you like watching Cracker reimagined as glossy American drama.

ailsa, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:12 (eleven years ago) link

Zattoo doesn't appear to have any of the additional ITV or Channel 4 channels, which is a bit crap. You're probably better off forking out £20 or so for a USB TV stick or something.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:23 (eleven years ago) link

Dudes, Neighbours is on Five!

Thus my point is made. (I've always hated Neighbours. Even when I was a kid. Mind, I also hate fun.)

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:24 (eleven years ago) link

Don't think the 2 are connected.

Straight from the Top of My Dom (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:27 (eleven years ago) link

Rejected Neighbour spin-offs:

Bouncer's Nightmare
Bertha Goes Bananas
The Mangles Christmas Carol

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:29 (eleven years ago) link

and not forgetting "Hello again, we bludgeon"

Mark G, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:31 (eleven years ago) link

> 30 Rock! or maybe it stopped again

last 2 of season 2 are on friday night. seems to be of the same opinion as grimly, the listings link keeps giving me:

"The system cannot find the path specified."

anyway, gadget show (increasingly terrible), NCIS (increasingly terrible) and Numb3rs (increasingly terrible) are all on 5. as are L&O:* (although despite being 4 or 5 years behind on L&O:SVU they keep showing only repeats)

koogs, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:45 (eleven years ago) link is one of the worst web sites ever made, and it hasn't changed in fucking years. Just try to find information about the baseball games they show. I dare you! They show two games a week. What teams will be playing? Who knows!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:49 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

apparently HD is coming to freeview on or around nov. 1! hotcha

Tracer Hand, Friday, 21 August 2009 21:54 (eleven years ago) link

that's BBC HD, mind you - which i believe currently has about five shows on repeat and a test card

Tracer Hand, Friday, 21 August 2009 21:56 (eleven years ago) link

the "x" on the tic-tac-toe board marks the exact center of the screen, fact fans

Tracer Hand, Friday, 21 August 2009 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Remember to retune your boxes if you want more TJ Hooker and Ironside repeats.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 07:42 (eleven years ago) link

Channel 4 HD coming soon too, apparently. Course, existing freeview receivers (including lots of those built into HD tellies) won't actually be able to decode HD channels, we'll need new boxes for that. (although apparently the USB DVT jobbie I've got for my PC will be able to cope with it)

JimD, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:19 (eleven years ago) link

You need really good reception for the HD channels. If you have problems picking up the regular channels, you'll be out of luck.

Unless this is what the whole retuning thing is meant to solve, who knows?

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:32 (eleven years ago) link

Doesn't digital reception become less of an issue when analogue gets switched off? Because then they can turn the power up without worrying about disrupting the old system, or something.

JimD, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:36 (eleven years ago) link

Remember to retune your boxes if you want more TJ Hooker and Ironside repeats

What channel shows TJ Hooker repeats?

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:07 (eleven years ago) link

still not got a humax

cozwn, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:10 (eleven years ago) link

xp the new Quest channel.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:16 (eleven years ago) link

I was hoping it was 24 hour repeats of old Richard Quest shows.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:16 (eleven years ago) link

Is that up and running? It's been on there for ages as "Coming Soon"

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:18 (eleven years ago) link

Launches tomorrow with the retuning, though it was meant to launch in May.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:20 (eleven years ago) link

i was misinformed about BBC HD on freeview.. if you're in london you won't get it til 2011 or something. they figured there would be all kinds of problems rolling it out so they wanted to do london last, so they'd have gotten good at it, but apparently it's been dead easy so far so they could have done london first. oh well. i am told you won't need a new decoder..

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:42 (eleven years ago) link

18:00 Weird Connections Locust That Watched Star Wars, The Locusts are amazing at avoiding obstacles. Biologist Claire Rind shows a locust Star Wars and observes it neural responses to find out how.

butchered in the spooky twilight (stevie), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 10:18 (eleven years ago) link

Anybody re-tuned yet? Any difference? (I still can't get C5)

Ned Trifle (Notinmyname), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

Channel 5 is surely just an urban myth yes?

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:42 (eleven years ago) link

I have retuned.

That was exciting!

Mark G, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:53 (eleven years ago) link

I'm waiting for the phone call from my mum in about about a week asking me what colour buttons to press and in what order.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 15:24 (eleven years ago) link

i am told you won't need a new decoder.

Well you were told wrong if you are refering to the HD channels. They require decoding of a completely different transmission protocol and codec. Almost every Freeview box currently out there will need to be replaced to get these channels.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

If anything it now seems worse.

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 18:10 (eleven years ago) link

i rescanned only to get five and a n other channel replaced with 'five has moved, please rescan' messages. swizz.

koogs, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 18:59 (eleven years ago) link

I'm waiting for the phone call from my mum in about about a week asking me what colour buttons to press and in what order.

I was at my parents' house on monday and ended up writing them a list of instructions on how to retune. And also telling them to buy a new bloody telly.

Bill A, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:20 (eleven years ago) link

Chewshabadoo that's sort of what i suspected :(

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 23:32 (eleven years ago) link

You can watch (fairly low-bitrate at the moment) HD on iPlayer already though.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 1 October 2009 13:26 (eleven years ago) link

lost ITV4 (Champions, The Saint, Space 1999, etc.), gained Quest (TJ Hooker) - bleurhg...

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Thursday, 1 October 2009 16:41 (eleven years ago) link

i updated bedroom tv which is attached to an indoor aerial and that picked up five no problems, big tv with the proper aerial still doesn't want to know.

koogs, Friday, 2 October 2009 09:41 (eleven years ago) link

Had Channel 5 anyway but have now lost ITV3 and 4. Not too happy with the usual shambles. An apology would have been nice but of course this is broken Britain and their attitiude is they simply do not care.

Ah, broken Britain.

Michael Jones, Friday, 2 October 2009 09:47 (eleven years ago) link

I did notice that some channels are 'hiding', e.g. ITV2+1 is still giving "We have moved", but on ch33, "ITV" it says, is actually ITV2+1

Mark G, Friday, 2 October 2009 09:48 (eleven years ago) link

Koogs, it depends if your proper aerial is pointing in the right direction, I'd guess.

James Mitchell, Friday, 2 October 2009 09:51 (eleven years ago) link

^^^this is exactly the problem I have. It's driving me mad. I can get C5 sometimes on the big TV using the analogue service but now the freeview tv doesn't even acknowledge the existence of it. I had to pay 79p to watch Flashforward via "replay" on my bt vision box. It's madness I tell you.

Ned Trifle (Notinmyname), Friday, 2 October 2009 09:52 (eleven years ago) link

oops , that's an xp to koogs.

Ned Trifle (Notinmyname), Friday, 2 October 2009 09:52 (eleven years ago) link

Sometimes you have to re-retune.

Mark G, Friday, 2 October 2009 09:53 (eleven years ago) link

I've done that. This whole thing makes me feel old.

Ned Trifle (Notinmyname), Friday, 2 October 2009 09:58 (eleven years ago) link

You think? I still miss the Rediffusion channel!

Mark G, Friday, 2 October 2009 09:59 (eleven years ago) link

i have re-re-retuned even since the bedroom tv has worked.

i don't have much say in where the aerial is pointing what with this being a flat and the aerial being 2 floors above me. but the signal strength is 100% (5? miles from xtal pal). during retune of bedroom tv five popped up very early along with the bbc channels. on the main tv it just says 'unknown 123812' or something. probably a function of the digibox.

(never did like that digibox. have to press button to switch between tv and radio which means no radio recordings on the tivo anymore. it also puts up nasty 'looking for updates' at 3am every morning spoiling every foreign film that film 4 has ever shown)

koogs, Friday, 2 October 2009 10:03 (eleven years ago) link

(You can turn that off usually, check the 'config' menu)

Mark G, Friday, 2 October 2009 10:04 (eleven years ago) link

you'd think, but i've looked repeatedly and seen others with the same problem.

koogs, Friday, 2 October 2009 10:24 (eleven years ago) link

How old is the box, Koogs. Even the cheapo one you get in supermarkets nowadays are a shitload better in terms of reception etc than even mega-expensive boxes from three or four years ago.

James Mitchell, Friday, 2 October 2009 10:30 (eleven years ago) link

is about a year old, a phillips DTR220. ironically i plumped for it after two of the cheaper models wouldn't work with the tivo (it changes channels in order to record freeview channels by simulating a remote control's IR codes but the database of models it can emulate was fixed 6 years ago and doesn't understand the newer, more exotic makes)

i could just buy a humax and solve two problems at once...

koogs, Friday, 2 October 2009 10:36 (eleven years ago) link

My sister has one of those, it's pretty nifty and the EPG and interface look like an old 8 bit computer.

James Mitchell, Friday, 2 October 2009 10:39 (eleven years ago) link

Anyway, I use a Topfield PVR 5800. Why? It's a pretty solid bit of kit out of the box. But you can easily upgrade the harddive with a standard PC 3.5inch drive if you want, copy videos onto your PC, and best of all they encourage people to write their own 3rd party software for it. For example I use this EPG:

The community is pretty large for this stuff:

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 2 October 2009 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

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