Technisat HDFV review

Freeview HD, USB recording and more on this smooth performer

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Technisat hdvf

The interface for working the HDFV's Freeview HD tuner is pure simplicity. An eight-day EPG in grey, black and white tones makes good use of the remote's numbers and Fastext coloured buttons.

Schedules for ten channels over two hours are squeezed into one screen, while jumping back and forth in two-hour chunks – and changing day – are each a one-button job.

Attach a USB stick or drive and a split-screen holds basic file directories for both it, and any PC on the same network. USB playback is restricted to MP3, JPEG and MPEG files, with recordings made in MPEG format, but saved as TS files.

Streaming from MPEG, JPEG and MP3 files from a PC is also possible (we encountered a few problems with a Mac running TwonkyMedia, although MPEG files played OK) from the interface's NAV menu, though a shortcut on the remote wouldn't go amiss.

If you pause live TV, it essentially starts recording it to a buffer on a USB stick, and when you eventually take it off pause there's an option to save it as a bone fide recording.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSatellite Receiver
Scan Format1080p
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p, SDTV, HDTV
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
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 Address
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