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The portable screen market is now dominated by compact DVD players, smartphones and tablets, so if you want a teeny telly for watching live programmes on the go, there isn’t a massive choice. One contender is the DTV700B, a newly upgraded version of August’s low-cost 7in portable digital TV. August DTV700B portable Freeview TV …

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instruction booklet

'To ensure a clear picture park caravan within 2 feet of any transmitter tower, otherwise clear picture cannot be guaranteed.'

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Red button services

Aren't they being a bit cheeky selling it as "Freeview" without red button services working? I remember a few people managed to get some comeback when the 4TV EPG went tits-up, because some of the units sold were advertised as "Freeview" but lacked Freeview EPG support. Surely red button services would come under the same principle?

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the all-too-common feature of not being very good.

See, that's what reviews should be like.

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Needs DVB-T2 lite

A good idea but it's a bit ahead of it's time.

If DVB-T2 lite services are ever launched then this sort of thing would be perfect.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/researchanddevelopment/2011/07/dvb-t2-lite-profile-tech-stand.shtml

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Sounds rubbish

Enough said.

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Join the Caravan Club

And use this site

http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/caravanclubapps/applications/uk-caravan-sites-and-parks/SiteDetails.aspx?csid=21863

But then that screen is too small.

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Re: Good for a doorstop

I see your point completely. The Yellow Pages also makes a great doorstop, and is delivered free to my door.

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It's not Freeview. They can be sued for that.

It's only generic MPEG2 DVB-T

It's Obsolete. No MPEG4 or DVB-T2 or DVB-T2-lite

N.I. at end of 2012 becomes 1st place in UK for MPEG4 SD (on DVB-T2 Mini-mux).

Ireland and other countries already use MPEG4 not just for HD for SD (no MPEG2 at all on DVB-T in Ireland).

No MHEG5, so apart from lack of Certification, it can't even receive all Freeview Services.

You can't call it Freeview or Saorview unless it has the Certification/Licence.

Cheap generic & obsolete. Also UK (& especially Ireland) need more than a whip in majority of locations. They wouldn't even be allowed to sell it in France.

Irish and UK Free to Air TV

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480 lines is stupid

Ironic it's USA/Japan SD resolution (480 visible lines) rather than European/UK SD (576 visible lines) and yet will not work at all in Japan or USA.

This kind of US/Japan market display with a cobbled in generic DVB-T tuner for Aus/NZ and Europe has been about for ages. They are junk. Now obsolete junk.

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Request.

When something is "not very good" (and I agree that this sounds "not very good") is it possible to provide links to alternatives that are less "not very good"? Thanks.

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