Conclusion: Use this cheapo Philips every day and you’ll soon be shouting at it or pouring Lucozade into its Scart sockets. Stick it in the bedroom, though, and its modest abilities will be less important than its compact, stylish design.
Pros: Almost everything Philips makes nowadays looks as though it used to be a prop in a 1970s sci-fi TV show. I’m sure I spotted the glossy black plastic curves of the DTR220 disappearing into a worm-hole in Space: 1999. It’s small and easy to set up, with a spare Scart socket so you can hook up a video recorder and thumbs up to Philips for actually including a cable in the box. The EPG is a bit slow but works fine.
Cons: Like many cheap Freeview boxes, the DTR220 needs a strong signal to pick up channels cleanly. It’s also prone to freezing up, requiring you to unplug it completely, and displaying annoying, unnecessary dialogue boxes on screen. Hopefully, these will be fixed by a firmware update when Philips pulls its techies out of that worm hole.