Excerpt: I have to admit, I won this box on a competition site and everyone tells me I should be grateful. Why? It was easy to attach, it was easy to load, it was easy to work out all of the instructions. Great. I set it with my vcr so that I could go out only to find when I got home that it only allows recording in Black and White. I am not kidding. In the book it says that it can happen and you can correct it. No, you can't. And you just try calling Philips and asking for help.
Excerpt: I purchsed the phillips freeview to replace my ageing Thompson box. I wish I had not as the phillips one does not perform as well as my old one and the picture constantly freezes. I have changed the aerial to a more powerful one and still it is useless.
Excerpt: PLEASE do not buy this, unless you are buying it for someone you cant stand and want to punish them and force them into a downward-spiralling cycle of misery and frustration. I did not buy this, my poor father did, God rest his soul. I can almost see the guy in the shop now, palms sweating as he told my poor, naive father that he should buy a really good quality freeview box which was bang up to date as his old one was obsolete...
Excerpt: I bought two of these freeview boxes recently - one for myself and one for my daughter. We were both very disappointed at the quality - very plastic looking, and the performance - the remote control button to turn the set box on and off frequently failed and had to remove all attachments from back of box and replace to get it working again - several times ! I bought it largely ona very good recommendation I read at this site and wish we had bought an alternative box!
Excerpt: Ive got one of these, got mine from Asda.The on screen menus disapear every time its on.Sometimes it just switches off or just locks up.Its supposed to have some sort of software update, but i dont think they have ever bothered. ps good picture though!
Excerpt: Glitches, freezing so I have to turn it off at the mains, loss of channel info, EPG cuts sound & picture. This is a badly thought out, virtually useless product that a company such as Philips should be seriously ashamed of. We has a Matsui that was 100 times better (even though it failed after 3 years) and Im just about to buy another one on ebay!
Excerpt: Steer well clear of this box. The software regularly crashes when changing channels, leaving you to pull out the power lead at the back. If that isnt bad enough the current program/next program information band that appears when you change channel gets itself into a mode where it shows a few garbled symbols instead of the correct display. Well worth a miss.