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  1. Alba STB8 review

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    If anything will get the masses adequately prepared for switchover it's a £20 Freeview box you can pick up in your local supermarket. The STB8 is designed to be as plug-and-play as possible, hence Alba's accompanying 'Quick 2 View' branding

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    Sagem ITD59NG review

    Sagem ITD59NG review

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    Referred to in the press release as the 'Nano' (although this is not made explicit on the box, presumably so as not to antagonise Apple's legal department), this Freeview adapter is a compact 15cm x 13.5cm x 4cm and appears to be intended mainly as a digital upgrade for second-room portable TV sets.

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    AB-Com AB IP Box 250S review

    AB-Com AB IP Box 250S review

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    The IP Box 250S, from Slovakian satellite wholesaler AB-Com, joins the growing band of set-top boxes to adopt the open-source Linux operating system - as opposed to proprietary internal operating software ('firmware')

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    Freecom DVB-T Scart review

    Freecom DVB-T Scart review

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    Plenty of us have perfectly good TVs with analogue tuners which will be rendered useless by digital switchover. Thankfully, most have Scart sockets that can be fed by a set-top Freeview box. But what if you're short of space?

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    Humax PVR-9200TB review

    Humax PVR-9200TB review

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    Having just announced that it's to produce the first Freeview Playback-branded LCD TVs, it's no surprise that Humax also makes excellent standalone boxes, of which the 9200TB is a fine example.

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    Fortec Star Passion review

    Fortec Star Passion review

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    Hi-def television via satellite usually means investing in a Sky HD box, paying for installation, and forking out each month for the subscription, so there's definitely a demand for alternative, cheaper paths to HD satellite material.

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    Freecom DVB-T Scart review

    Freecom DVB-T Scart review

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    This compact Freeview receiver sports a hinged design so that it fits neatly into the Scart socket at the back of your flatscreen without the need for a set-top box, although if you're using it with a CRT, it may well add extra bulk to the back of the TV.

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    Fortec Star Passion review

    Fortec Star Passion review

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    For satellite viewers who want to watch BBC HD but don't want a Sky subscription, there are alternative HD satellite receivers on the market.

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    Sagem ITD68 review

    Sagem ITD68 review

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    As soon as you unpack this device, you can't help but notice that the ITD68 doesn't ship with a Scart lead and that you'll need to stump up the cash for one separately before you do anything.

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    TVonics Prism TVO-STB-100 review

    TVonics Prism TVO-STB-100 review

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    It's not often that a British company pops a review product onto our test benches and it's apparent right from the off that TVonics' new Freeview set-top box is made to a high quality

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    Fortec Star Passion review

    Fortec Star Passion review

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    Aside from the terribly twee names that Fortec Star gives its receivers, there is a lot going for them. They tend to be reasonably priced, well-specified and they provide just what folk want at the time.

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    Virgin Media V Plus review

    Virgin Media V Plus review

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    Virgin Media's new cable TV box can play all free-to-air HDTV channels in the UK. The trouble is, there is only one - the BBC HD trial channel. To compensate, Virgin Media supplies a huge and ever-changing library of on-demand HD programming

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    Sky HD review

    Sky HD review

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    The one they're all trying to beat

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    Freeview Playback review

    Freeview Playback review

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    Freeview Playback is not new. These boxes that double as personal video recorders (PVRs) have been around for a good few years and the Freeview platform's organisers are hoping that the new 'Playback' branding does its job.

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    Sagem DVR62160 review

    Sagem DVR62160 review

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    Since it dropped out of the TV market last year, French company Sagem's reputation in the home cinema arena is now restricted to digital TV set-top boxes. It's got plenty of experience in this arena and the DVR62160 is at the top of its value-busting range

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    Humax PVR9200TB review

    Humax PVR9200TB review

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    Replacing the excellent PVR9200T is this model - the PVR9200TB - which is essentially the same PVR in black with a Freeview Playback badge slapped on the front. First impressions are misleading, as the PVR9200TB is nothing special looks-wise

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    Virgin Media V Plus Box review

    Virgin Media V Plus Box review

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    The problem with high definition TV is that there's not much of it. Even if you've an expensive subscription to SkyHD, the odd hi-def sport's buzz or blast of movie do little to satisfy a habit that demands repeat doses

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    Virgin Media V Plus review

    Virgin Media V Plus review

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    If there's one thing Brits like less than a bully, it's a whiny victim. Thus has Virgin decided to occupy second place in Britain's digital TV rankings. Which is a shame, because it could be taking on Sky with a winning package

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    Top Up TV Anytime review

    Top Up TV Anytime review

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    Top-Up TV was always the poor relation to Sky or cable, but at £8 a month for a handful of extra channels on top of Freeview, it probably wasn't bad value. With competition from BT Vision and Freeview Playback, it's now been reborn as Top-Up TV Anytime

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    Sky HD with Anytime review

    Sky HD with Anytime review

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    In the world of advanced TV technology, Sky sees itself as the market leader. And that's certainly true when it comes to HD - it has the broadest selection of channels. But its VOD offerings are less impressive

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    Pace DS810XE review

    Pace DS810XE review

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    With its receiver matching the £300 price of Sky's HD STB, the experienced box maker Pace is putting itself in the frame as a serious rival. And, of course, this way you avoid that high Sky subscription

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    Humax HDCI-2000 review

    Humax HDCI-2000 review

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    For those hungering for high definition, Sky may seem to be the obvious option. But that's the great thing about options, there's always more than one of them. Well, Humax's HDCI-2000 is another

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    Virgin Media V Plus Box review

    Virgin Media V Plus Box review

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    The main problem with high definition TV is that there's not much to watch. This less than ideal viewing situation makes Virgin Media's new offering all the more interesting. We certainly think Sky will be sitting up and paying attention

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    Virgin Media VBox review

    Virgin Media VBox review

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    The VBox is the first Freeview adaptor from cable TV provider, Virgin Media. It's aimed at non-cable customers looking to take up the brand's quadplay of services and uses the digital terrestrial television platform with its free-to-air TV channels

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    TVonics MDR-200 review

    TVonics MDR-200 review

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    Wales-based TVonics has worked hard to make the MDR-200 both distinctive and a cut above much of the competition. A novel concept aimed at those who want the benefits of digital TV on a small set in the bedroom

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