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    • madaminx
    • By madaminx 3rd Oct 17, 1:49 PM
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    Any advice on TV only packages?
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 1:49 PM
    Any advice on TV only packages? 3rd Oct 17 at 1:49 PM
    TV only packages are a minefield . . . looking for a set top.box that records, has catch up TV and allows for amazon Netflix to be added if I want . . . .

    There's so many options out there such as
    You view, Freeview Plus, Free play . . . . but want something that's not part of a.contract,.any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance
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    • iniltous
    • By iniltous 3rd Oct 17, 2:11 PM
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    If you want non pay TV, that's Freeveiw or Freesat, adding in the ability to pause/record broadcast TV then it's Freeview + or Freesat +.
    Catchup services like BBC I player, or ITV Hub can be accessed on many devices, 'smart' TV's or as 'apps' on the Freeveiw/sat set top box, provided the box or TV is connected to your broadband.
    As far as the STB manufacturer , I'm sure others will post recommendations , or do a search ...obviously if you go for Freesat you need a satellite dish pointed at the correct orbital position, a Sky dish works (not Sky Q) an aerial is needed for Freeview
    Some recommend Now TV as a half way house between pay TV and free TV, you pay for some content, but you can dip in and out on a month by month basis, and the catchup works when you don't have a TV pass, but as its part of Sky , it may not be possible to easily access their competition Netflix or Amazon, and I'm not sure if even the expensive versions of the Now TV box allow you to pause /record broadcast TV
    Last edited by iniltous; 03-10-2017 at 2:15 PM.
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 3rd Oct 17, 3:57 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 3:57 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 3:57 PM
    Now TV doesn't allow the functionality of Sky+, its just a streaming service. You used to be able to sideload Netflix or Amazon on the Now box but that's been cut off with a firmware update.
    • Rodders53
    • By Rodders53 3rd Oct 17, 6:43 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 6:43 PM
    First things first:

    Do you have a UHF TV aerial that works well? Freeview products need one to work. https://www.freeview.co.uk

    Do you have a working satellite dish? With two cables to the room from the dish lnb? a freesat pvr will need two feeds to work. https://www.freesat.co.uk/get-freesat

    Or do you have both sources of broadcast TV available?
    • almillar
    • By almillar 4th Oct 17, 1:17 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 1:17 PM
    Recording boxes with catch up. No problem.
    If you have an aerial, buy a Youview box.
    If you have a satellite dish (with 2 cables/dual cable), buy a Freetime box.
    Netflix etc would require smart functionality. You may get some of this in some of the above boxes, or you may need another device, or a smart TV.
    • Bronvahl
    • By Bronvahl 4th Oct 17, 1:40 PM
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    A friend of mine has a DVD recorder with hard disk that has Freeview channels, I think it is samsung, it has some sort of App capability for Netflix, Amazon etc
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