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Bad: Not a lot
Comment: Update to my first review - after a bit more than a day with it i have found it does allow you to have up to 5 devices remote access to the box to record stuff whilst out of the house - with sky you only get 3 and virgin the same (3) so it does actually have this feature and its even better than the two rivals.
So far there have only been minor niggles in that you cannot set a recording for a series using a previously show show back in time but only current and forward in time but its not a big issue merely a niggle. The usb ports on all these devices are unused which is a shame its the same fofr the tivo and sky boxes vbut would be a great addition to be able to plug a hard drive n and watch your own shows / downloads - at least youview have promised to look into it - virgin and sky have confirmed they will not be releasing the usb ports for use - shame - you can of course use the ports to cchagre you mobile phones etc so they asre useful in a limited way. Rear connecctions on the youview box are good although wifi would be a nice addition.
Good: Good design quick and excellent integration
Bad: Only two tuners and no remote access
Comment: I own a Tivo and this weekend had me setting up the Talktalk youvview box for my mother - I work as a network engineer and to be honest I have not found the bad technical service from Talktalk ever - in any install or callout i have been asked to look at - most of the problems are usually caused by non-tech savvy users. Not only did talktalk throw in a new uprated dlink router and allow us to keep the old one they threw in two homeplug adaptors for free. Compared to the Tivo box I have this system is much smoother and faster to respond to the remote control - i am truly impressed - where it falls donw is in not having the same three tuners but not a big deal really although it does not have remote external access which is a big one for me. All in all the box is very good value (free) with talk talk and i would thorouoghly recommend it to anyone who cant get cable in their area ol
Good: It has easy to find off button
Bad: Less effective than computer
Comment: The youview box from Talktalk came free when I renewed my phone contract otherwise I'd want my money back.
It simply does not replay all past programs, only some, same as I-player etc on my computer,.Also it is very slow to set up and insists on playing lengthy adverts that you cannot skip.
After playing with it for a while it now remains switched off underneath my hdd recorder
Bad: cant get talktalk player even with broadband and phone talktalk are rubbish
Comment: it shows talktalk it should be useable
Good: Ease of use
Bad: A lot of things
Comment: Right Here Goes.
Granted it is easy to use and i have actually signed up for Now Tv which i must say is a lot cheaper than subscribing to sky.
1. You cannot change the line-up in the guide you have to sift through all the channel list to find what your after, this is really anoying and i dont like it when my grand children call in and they have to scroll through all the adult channels to get to the HD ones.
2. The aspect ratio is none existant and does spoil the viewing. The black lines are a reall pain.
Ok you can change it on the tv BUT only for certain programs, why i dont know when this happens i have to go onto the tv and watch from there, its as if the Youview box refuses to stretch the program as you can with ALL the other boxes even the 10.99 from asda works. And for this reason i am seriosly considering putting the box on a shelf until its sorted out.
3. I have a BT Vision box and i have nowmoved this into the bedroom, i get more on demand from this box than i do from the Youview box, for example there is a program called Reaper ( box set ) and on my you view in BT vision there is only series 1 on my Bt vision box i have 1 and 2. This goes for a lot of the box sets.
4. Regarding the going back seven days on your guide, what a load of rubbish, you cant get most of them even 5-6 days later, example- X Factor, you cant watch it, it states NOT AVAILABLE and if its not availabe there its not on the on demand section in ITV net player but it is available online and on my BT vision box.
To sum up....... At a price in the region of £300 .... GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER...... GET THE PROBLEMS SORTED.
Good: you view box
Bad: does what laptop can do
Comment: to me the you view box is a relaunch of the bt vision what crashed and burned . if you stay in a bad internet area with no bandwidth or a peak times internet does slow down and buffer rate will not work. and anyway the price they want for it go out and buy yourself a cheap laptop plug it into your tv as most new tv,s have connection yo do this and have access to all itv,bbc,channel 5 and channel 4 on demand and aswell most gamestations have access to these aswell dont buy one as you will waste your money
Good: Superb picture quality, integration of broadcast and on-demand, automated software updates and channel lists.
Bad: It's a sub-standard freeview PVR at the moment.
Comment: Having used my YouView T1000 for a month I can give it a mixed review.
Superb picture quality in comparison to my old PVR (Topfield TF5800t). Good integration of broadcast and on-demand programmes on the EPG. The on-demand playback is of satisfactory quality on my standard definition TV.
Channel list and Software updates are fully automated though the broadband connection - not needing to plug in a laptop to update system firmware and add bug fixes is a bonus for me.
The hard plastic navigation button on the remote eventually gives you a numb thumb browsing the EPG (like using an old Gameboy for ages). Browsing this EPG is a somewhat slower experience than my old PVR. You have to repeatedly press the remote's Info button as programme information text is not displayed within the EPG screen - I've had to go back to using a printed TV listings guide, as it's a fairly difficult EPG for 'discovering' shows of interest to be broadcast in the next 7 days. The search function only searches on-demand content currently.
Recording a programme and using chase-play at the same time causes a programmed recording (which is on another DTT multiplex) to be missed - so annoying! Signal interference causes a broadcast recording to suddenly jump forward in time in playback.
The different on-demand players have very different fast-forward/rewind rates; ITV's is very fast and hard to stop at the right point, BBC iplayer jumps in 1 minute increments.
After stopping an on-demand show mid-play the ITV and Channel4 players can require repeated attempts to resume playing at the same point.
It's very early days for these hybrid set-top-boxes and there have been days I've wanted to return it to the shop for being a somewhat substandard freeview PVR, however I can live with its shortcomings for now with the promise of software updates, features and more on-demand content in the months ahead.
Comment: I don't think you can currently skip the adds on the ITV Player on the ipad? So surely it's the provider making us watch the ads and not the fault of the Youview?
Comment: I have the HDR-FOX-T2 from Humax which is what this YouView set top box is based on. Thanks to a brilliant community, a custom firmware has been existance for the HDR-FOX-T2 for a few years, which extends the functionality of the PVR to include many additional features (network streaming, remote scheduled recording, web interface plus many more). Sure at the moment, the on demand piece is stricted to iPlayer & Sky Player but development continues and I am sure further services will be added in the near future. Well worth investigating if you have such a device or are a considering a purchase. I am not sure how or if such a community will build up behind a device such as this YouView box if such a limited number are sold.
I am not sure how YouView can justify such a high price for a set-top box which has arrived almost two years late.
Probably useful for somebody that has yet to upgrade to HD recording and does not want to be tied into a long term contract with Sky or Virgin. However being forced to watch ads on demand content would extremely annoying and you would have to ensure you have a generous bandwidth allowance from your ISP.
Good: Up-Scaling to 1080p, Quality-Build Humax, convenience across VOD Channels, HDMI, HD.
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