Technisat HDFV review

Freeview HD, USB recording and more on this smooth performer

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Technisat hdvf

It may not be the finished article, but this Freeview HD receiver-cum-recorder's all-round performance combines with some nifty features that ought to help it do well in an increasingly crowded market.

We liked:

It may lack the flourishes of others, but the HDFV's interface is the quickest and easiest we've seen on any Freeview HD receiver or recorder. It's almost impossible to get confused.

Picture quality is impressive from SD and HD channels – either live or recorded – and playback of digital media from a USB stick, while limited, is slick.

We disliked:

Video file playback is limited to MPEG files, making the HDFV's ability to stream video files rather wasted. The interface's NAV menu, which hosts the machine's recording, streaming and digital media tools, resembles a simple file list more akin to a PC than a thoroughly ambitious machine such as this.


With a generally polished interface and only minor rough edges, this is one of the best – and certainly the best value – pieces of Freeview HD kit on the market; plug in an external USB hard disk and this competent receiver grows into a competent recorder that's mostly a joy to use.

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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