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  1. Phoenix Apollo CI MC review

    Phoenix Apollo CI MC review

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    The Apollo CI MC is a fine example of how you can cram a lot into a receiver for a very reasonable price. As the name suggests, it comes with both a CI slot and a built-in programmable Multicrypt CAM, and free-to-air versions are also available.

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    Netgem iPlayer review

    Netgem iPlayer review

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    The Netgem iPlayer is more than just a Freeview adapter. Its CI slot means it can be upgraded to receive Top-Up TV but it also features a built-in modem and internet browsing capability (a wireless keyboard is available as an optional extra).

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    Dreambox 7020-S review

    Dreambox 7020-S review

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    The Dreambox's pretty much unrivalled customisation potential wins it a top placing among receivers for the must-have-everything satellite viewer. Its Linux-based operating system is open to all sorts of customisation...

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    Evesham PVR160 review

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    The Evesham is a 160GB PVR with a twin-tuner arrangement that happens to be cheaper than the Humax and Topfield models. But is it worth saving a few tenners for?Design and connectionsThe PVR160 looks a cut above its budget pricing.

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    Telewest TVDRIVE review

    Telewest TVDRIVE review

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    Telewest's HD service is now available to nearly five million homes in its catchment areas. HD content is not identical to Sky's. There are none of Sky's movie or sports channels, while both services have the BBC's HD channel...

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    Sony LF-PK1 review

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    LocationFree hardware has been available in Japan and America for a while, nominally in the form of a base station and a separate portable LCD tablet, but this UK debut dispenses with the latter, opting for PC and PSP hook-up instead.

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    Sky HD review

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    It's perhaps the most eagerly awaited piece of new technology to hit the UK since the introduction of DVD. Heralding nothing less than a new era of broadcast technology, Sky's debut HD receiver, made by Thomson, has given cinephiles in the UK...

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    Pace DS810XE review

    Pace DS810XE review

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    Pace has now produced the DS810XE, a closelyrelated machine to the fi rst DS810KP for the German Premiere HD service, but omitting the Premiere box's built-in CAM and card reader, and offering two common interface slots for plug-in CAMs...

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    NetGem IPlayer 200 review

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    With DVD recorder and television manufacturers continually releasing new kit without digital TV tuners, and the analogue switch-off provoking viewer concerns the length and breadth of the country, set-top box makers...

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    MVision FCIS-9080 review

    MVision FCIS-9080 review

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    Updated internal operating software (or firmware) can significantly improve a specific satellite receiver's features or performance, especially if you were an 'early-adopter'.

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    Elgato Eye TV review

    Elgato Eye TV review

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    The ElGato Eye TV (£97 inc. VAT) turns your Apple laptop into a digitaltelevision, and also allows you to edit and record TV programmes. The unit is a small metal and plastic box measuring 75 x 50 x 24mm

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    Topfield TF6500 review

    Topfield TF6500 review

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    Competing at the budget end of the digital satellite market has never been harder, but when the BBC and ITV finally launch their Freesat scheme to complement the success of Freeview, there will be a big demand for cheap, free-to-air satellite receivers

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    Topfield TF5800PVR review

    Topfield TF5800PVR review

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    The TF5800 is a twin-tuner model packing a 160GB hard disc (or 250GB for an additional £20) and a CI slot for the Top-Up TV CAM and card. Similarly, it's not short of features

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    Topfield TF5010PVR MASTERPIECE review

    Topfield TF5010PVR MASTERPIECE review

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    The TF5010PVR will record two channels while you watch a third live (if the third is on the same transponder as one of the others) and it will allow two channels to be watched at once with PIP

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    Eycos S50.12PVR review

    Eycos S50.12PVR review

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    Available from Austrian dealer Satforce, the Eycos hails from the same factory that makes the PVR5020 for Echostar. The similarity goes more than skin deep as the software is very similar.

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    Echostar PVR-5020 review

    Echostar PVR-5020 review

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    A successor to the pioneering DVR-7000, the PVR5020 is still a highly competent PVR. Twin tuners allow for multi-channel recording on four channels and watch two more

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    Dreambox DM7025 TWIN review

    Dreambox DM7025 TWIN review

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    Two or so years ago, Dream Multimedia launched its revolutionary Dreambox DM 7020 - arguably the most radical and exciting enthusiast-grade satellite receiver of its time

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    Sagem ITD72 review

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    The Sagem ITD72 is a standard looking STB. It's small and easy to hide, which is just as well considering there's something a little cheaper-looking about its grey plastic exterior and 'cylon' front panel

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    Philips DTR 320/05 review

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    Freeview has never been such a strong contender to satellite and cable as it is now. Since the migration of E4 from the subscriptionbased Top Up TV and the launch of new channels More4, ITV4 and Sky.

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    Humax PVR-9200T review

    Humax PVR-9200T review

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    Korea-based Humax has a strong presence in the UK and assembles one of the best Freeview boxes,the F2-FOX-T, in its Northern Ireland factory. It's had a rockier ride with hard disk-based personal video recorders

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