Bit of an odd turbot this new TopUP TV service - not a selection of extra Freeview channels like the original TopUp TV offering, nor a full video on-demand system either. Bit of an odd review too, as it's difficult to come to a final conclusion on the hardware without some reference to the associated broadcast service, and that' …
The EPG gets downloaded daily at 11:30am or so, that's why you won't see the full 14 days at first (and series link only works once you have the 14 day EPG downloaded too)
dont buy this box - its badly made and noisy
I bought this book from Comet last week and ended up taking it back the next day.
1) because the fan noise was far too high for a sitting room box. unbearable in fact like an old pentium 4 desktop of mine.
2) very poor plastic buttons on front.
I ended up going for a Topview 5800 250 gig box, which is more expensive but almost silent, since unlike the Thomson, it has no fan.
So far i am happy with the Topview althought SlingBox users like myself wil find the lack of ful remote support a little irritating.
What they don't tell you....
is that you can actually only use these DVR's while your a subscriber. If you cancel you can't get into them - just a big old message on the screen telling you to subscribe before you can use it.
So you end up paying for something you can't use outside of TopUpTV
Re What they don't tell you
Sorry but that's total BS, I was recording quite happily on this piece
of kit straight out of the box and before I'd even re-registered my old
TUTV card to start the "Anytime" service. I'm also told by other folks
with this box that if you do buy the box from a 3rd party retailer and
decide not to subscribe to Anytime you can delete all the service
subscription listings and you do get all the hard drive space for your
own recordings. My own first impressions of this box have been
It's pretty good
Must admit having had this box since the service started last year, that it is pretty good. There were teehting problems with the software but on the whole I'm very happy with it. Would have liked a slightly larger hard drive but you can't have everything.
How do i delete the software
I recently got this box from Argos and would like to delete the Top Up TV software so I can use the whole of the hard drive for personal recordings. Can anyone enlighten me as to how to do this. So far all i've been able to do is de activate all the extra channels but that still only leaves about 60% of the drive for personal use.
Any help and advice appreciated.
Re What they don't tell you
I too was recording on the unit straight out of the box, but when you have used the unit with the tutv card and then remove the card you can not use it to record, unless you can do some kind of reset,
I have done a master reset, menu > help > green button > red button.
I have reverted back to the old software and also looked on the engineers page, menu > help > 1397.
And still no joy. So if you can use the device with out subscription I am All ears.
Any advice would to great so I can use this plastic box to do the job I got it for.
This box sucks
We've got one, and it's been nothing but trouble since the day we got it. It crashes every damn day, the only solution is to pull the power and wait for it to reset.
We waited with baited breath for the first software update, TUTV were good enough to write to us explaining that they had experienced troubles with a lot of boxes and the update would correct these issues. No, it didn't. It still crashes, it still sucks.
I have been sorely tempted to connect that USB port up to my *nix box to see what's hidden away. Perhaps an install of MythTV might do a better job.
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