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Sony VTX-D800U Freeview Digital TV Set Top Box
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Average customer rating: 4.51 out of 5
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Sales rank: 59

Product Information

Media: Electronics
Manufacturer : Sony
Release data : 15 October, 2003

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    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Fantastic quality and stylish too

    After reading many, many reviews about various freeview boxes, I recently purchased this Sony digital Freeview box. I have been using the box non-stop for the past two weeks and am very glad I made the purchase.

    Set-up was very simple and took about two minutes - basically, a case of plugging in the leads then letting the unit perform a quick auto-tune scan then off you go! Reception quality is outstanding (as you would expect) and if you have other Sony devices (tv, video,etc) they can all be operated from the single remote control supplied.

    The Electronic Program Guide is clear and simple to use (similar to the Sky system) and includes the facility to set up favourite channels, to save time scanning. Both the digital tv and radio stations give onscreen information about what you are watching/listening to.

    The unit is small, light and stylish and comes with a vertical stand, so you can stand it next to your PS2 should you have one! This freeview box is the usual top quality/design from Sony and at a good price too. Highly recommended.

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Slim, smart and SONY

    Recently bought this Freeview decoder and am so glad I did. Had been looking to buy another make, but heard about this newly released model just in time to delay my purchase.

    I found the following details, but please check Sony's site for latest details:

    Digital set-top box. Will allow an analogue TV to receive Freeview Digital channels (subject to local signal quality and suitable aerial).

    Access all FREEVIEW TV and radio channels through an analogue television (subject to local signal strength and suitable aerial)
    Quick easy installation
    Vertical or horizontal installation (stand supplied)
    Fast EPG (electronic program guide) 7 day ready
    2 Scart sockets (cable included)
    Digital/analogue audio output
    Near instantaneous interactive services (MHEG)
    8 favourite lists (TV and radio)
    Fast channel change
    Automatic detection of new channels
    Multiple languages (including Welsh)
    On screen guide
    4:3 and 16:9 RGB, CVBS or Y/C TV output
    10 event timer
    Parental lock
    RF loopthrough
    Smartlink compatible

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Great picture and Smartlink too.

    I've been very impressed with this Sony freeview box and would recommend it happily to anyone else. The tuning and setup process was
    straightforward and well described in the manuual. The postcode checker for reception on the freeview website suggested I'd need an
    aerial upgrade, but the reception is excellent, both in terms of the observed picture/sound and the signal strength and quality you can see
    from the engineering part of the onscreen menu. So I wouldn't rush out and get a new aerial before trying it out first :-)

    The device has some nice touches - a good EPG (soon to be extended to 7 days after a trial in Wales I think), a favourite channels
    button on the remote, and some dedicated buttons for control of the TV including a mute button. The most compelling reason to buy
    this device instead of the other available boxes is that it's the only one for sale in the UK at the moment with the SmartLink or
    P50 support. This means that provided your VCR or DVDR has this support (check the manual because there are a welter of different
    trademarks for the same technology) you can set a program to record via the freeview EPG and at the appropriate time the STB will
    turn on the VCR/DVDR and tune it to the correct digital channel. It adds an extra 5 minutes on the end in case there is a slight
    overrun. Great for all those obscure films on BBC4...

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