Allows digital TV on non-digital sets, sleek design, affordable.
30 January 2012
Excerpt: Although we have a good range of the latest technology in our household we do also still have an old CRT TV built long before the new digital era. Due to this it was never designed for the digital switchover and therefore we needed a digital reciever for it to be compatible with the new channels. The Philips DTR220 was available at the time for around £40, although it can be bought for anything from under £20 to around £40 at the time of writing this review.
Pros: Allows digital TV on non - digital sets, sleek design, affordable, easy to set up .
Cons: Bulky remote control, cheap feeling box, no longer needed due to new technology .
Excerpt: I wanted a free view box for my bedroom so I went to Curry’s to shop for one. I found the Philips one to be one of the slimmest machines I could find. It was priced averagely compared to the other boxes so I decided to give it a go. It was not my first free view box, I had previously owned a very old chunky Thompson one however this just stopped working one day. The Philips one looked very modern and I was excited to bring it home.
Excerpt: I bought the Philips: DTR220/05 about six moths ago and it works okay except it keeps sticking and you have to keep unplugging it, If you want exercise then this is the setbox top for you, It sticks on one channel about 4 times a day. Eventually and in the middle of the Xmas period it has given up and burnt itself out.
Excerpt: Having had many problems with 'digi-boxes' before, for christmas my parents bought me the Philips DTR 220, because it was cheaper than other well known brands, and they decided to stick with a brand which they trusted, and knew well. The Design The box looks very smart, and takes up hardly no space on my side, as it's very small and petite. There is no buttons on the box, which may look nice, but it later proves to be quite problematic.
Excerpt: I was surprised to read some of the awful reviews for this Freeview box both on Ciao and in the customer reviews on Amazon.co.uk. Compared to the four year old Thomson Freeview box I have in my front room TV or the Roadstar mini-Freeview box in my spare room I have found this unit to be an excellent product.
Pros: Excellent for anyone on a budget with a small TV .
Cons: For me none, but other reviews show reliability may be an issue for some boxes .
Excerpt: Had this wee machine for a few weeks (bought from Avides media ) and it pretty much does what it should do.Well,mostly.Two faults - firstly the EPG does not seem to update and more often than not will only show the next two programmes.This makes the built in timer fairly redundant,meaning you have to visit Tv guide to find out whats on.Secondly,the units LED that comes on when the unit is on standby, is so bright it makes the Death Stars planet busting laser look like a...
Excerpt: Ive had a number of freeview boxes - several Sagems, a Bush unit (which weve still got), and not this one. Overall, this has been the worst performer. The reason for purchase was that the Sagems were getting progressively worse - they were fine for about 6 months, then started locking up and freezing regularly, so we thought wed change. We got this Philips unit as a reputable brand and expected some quality performance.
Excerpt: With the impending digital switchover looming over the horizon, I decided to be well prepared and looked into getting a reasonably priced Freeview box for our bedroom TV. I wanted a well known make which was small and compact. As I wanted to find one on a relatively small budget I wasn't expecting to find one with a built in recorder. My only stipulation was that it had to have a 7 day electronic TV guide. So off I went to do my research.
Excerpt: I like Philips stuff. I even like my new DRT 220 set top box. Although it's only a small, anonymous black block it does everything asked of it with good reception, nice clear menus, excellent automatic tuning etc etc. Basically, for a cheap piece of kit, it ticks all the boxes. Then, unfortunately, we have the remote control .
Excerpt: On my second box now and still it swiches off on its own and the on screen menu freezes. Called Phiilips who told just to get another one. Shall I try a third. Very poor software but has a good picture and sound. You need to have child like fingers to use the control.