Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Freesat experiences from Lord Timothy

Freesat logo

Lord Timothy of Belmont has been blogging about his recent conversion to Freesat, allowing him to abandon his old Freesat-from-Sky satellite package.

Also throws in a useful recommendation for Adrian from Ultrabeam Aerials.

The PVR (hard drive recording) Freesat set top boxes didn’t arrive over the summer as originally announced when Freessat launched. But Humax have now confirmed that their High Definition PVR box - FOXSAT-HDR - will be on sale in November to hit thre Christmas market.

Panasonic TX-37LZD81

Lord Belmont went for the mammoth (22.5kg) integrated Panasonic LCD television (TX-37LZD81) that comes with Freeview and Freesat tuners built in. No need for a separate set top box, unless you want to add a hard drive recorder ... or when Freeview switches from DVB-T1 and MPEG2 to DVB-T2 and MPEG4 as it might over the next few years to allow better use of the limited terrestrial bandwidth and squeeze some HD channels into the Freeview lineup.

2 comments:

Timothy Belmont said...

Greetings and great to hear from you Alan! Are you considering Freesat, or have you got it, yourself?

I see the Humax Foxsat will retail imminently for £299. I'm sure Panasonic will bring one out soon, with the "Viera Link" connexion.

Tim

Alan in Belfast said...

The last occupants left a satellite dish on the side of the house, but the coax feeds into the wrong room.

Having no HD kit in the house, I'd toyed with a cheap SD receiver - or ideally a cheap SD PVR (since the number of hours of live TV I watch in a year can be counted on the fingers of one hand) - but there aren't any on the market.

Tempted to Adrian a ring to get the outside aerial working again (it's pointing towards Australia at the moment) and wire the satellite into somewhere more useful.