Technisat HDFV review

  • £149.99

Freeview HD, USB recording and more on this smooth performer

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For

  • HD pictures
  • USB recording
  • Speedy EPG
  • Competitive price

Against

  • Limited file compatibility
  • Single USB slot is restrictive

Most Freeview HD receivers do what they say on the tin, but little else. TechniSat's impressively small and refined-looking HDFV black box packs in more than just access to the three free-to-air high definition channels.

Ins and outs seems comprehensive at first, with outputs for HDMI, Scart and composite video. There's also a set of analogue audio outputs, a USB 2.0 slot and an Ethernet LAN port. The USB slot can play files stored on a memory sick or external USB hard drive, but also lends the HDFV another dimension.

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In a move that puts this machine ahead of the curve, live TV shows – even from the likes of BBC HD and ITV 1 HD – can be recorded straight to a USB device in MPEG format. It's not possible to set series links (this isn't a Freeview +HD box), but there is a timer for setting recordings. It's certainly one up on rivals such as the Icecrypt T2200, which will need a firmware upgrade (due shortly) to perform a similar function.

That Ethernet LAN port is an essential part of the Freeview HD spec, but it serves another purpose on the HDFV – streaming from a PC on the same broadband home network.

In practice the HDFV badly needs a second USB port because using a Wi-Fi adaptor (available separately from TechniSat) renders USB playback or recording impossible.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSatellite Receiver
Scan Format1080p
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p, SDTV, HDTV
SCARTYes
Aspect Ratio Supported16:9
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Channel CoverageUHF
Brand NameTechniSat Digital
FeaturesElectronic Program Guide, Auto Program, Favorite Channel List, Parental Control
Service TypeFreeview HD
HDCP SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeLED
Digital TunerDVB-T2, DVB
Operating Power Consumption8.20 W
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height37 mm
Width280 mm
Depth155 mm
ColourBlack
Audio FormatsMP2, MP3, HE-AAC, AC3
Language SupportedEnglish
ManufacturerTechniSat Digital GmbH
Product NameSatellite Receiver
Video FormatsMPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-1, MPEG, VOB
Input Voltage12 V DC
Manufacturer Part Number0006/4940
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.technisat.com
Marketing Information

The HDFV is designed for the reception of the Freeview HD service, offering viewers the opportunity to watch spectacular high definition programming from BBC HD, ITV1HD and C4HD via their existing TV aerial.

The HDFV offers class-leading functionality including multimedia playback from USB storage devices and networked PCs or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) - as well as Digital Video Recorder (DVR) functionality via USB to an external hard disk drive.

Embracing the concept of the connected home, the HDFV can connect to a home network using a fixed connection or wirelessly with the optional TechniSat WLAN Adaptor. This allows movies music and pictures to be streamed directly from the PC or NAS to the TV.

Universal plug and play connectivity ensures seamless operation with all operating systems and offers the opportunity to greatly extent the file formats playable on the HDFV via 'on-the-fly' transcoding from supported servers.

Package Contents
  • Satellite Receiver
  • HDMI Lead
Limited Warranty3 Year