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    Freesat

    Am wondering if Freesat boxes still offer value today given a lot of apps are coming pre-installed in the newer smart tv's, mine already has iplayer, amazon, netflix, bbc news, albeit with a clunky interface.

    What would you say is the advantage today for a set top box?

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    Re: Freesat

    Quote Originally Posted by pp05 View Post
    Am wondering if Freesat boxes still offer value today given a lot of apps are coming pre-installed in the newer smart tv's, mine already has iplayer, amazon, netflix, bbc news, albeit with a clunky interface.

    What would you say is the advantage today for a set top box?
    The main advantages of Freesat are that it can be used where Freeview reception is either poor quality, or just not available at all. I believe the bitrate for HD channels is higher for the Freesat versions (not absolutely sure about that though), and there are also some Freeview channels that aren't available on Freesat.

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    Re: Freesat

    We got a sky dish with our house. I think its gone wonky now but having the HD channels was great for the rugby. Our sky HD box was a hand me down so it wasn't really a decision to invest. My parents have a humax box and its really good.

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    Re: Freesat

    We have a cheap Humax Freesat box which has a USB hard disk plugged in the back to record the few shows we have wanted to watch on linear TV channels. The broadcast technology is fine, it's just the whole concept of channels and schedules that I find odd and limits use.

    My son's LG TV has a satellite input on the back, so if you are buying a TV you might find it is pretty cheap as you just need a dish and cables.

    Edit: We used to use it for watching Doctor Who and Strictly, not much else.

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    Re: Freesat

    I have a second tv in basement with freeview play app on it, I mostly use it for online streaming e.g youtube, iplayer, netflix and amazon prime for now. I also do Sky cables running down there from a cancelled sky hd subscription which is useless (no hd) without a subscription. TV menu isn't as fluid as sky or others.

    I'm thinking do I go freesat or make do with a fire stick from amazon. Freesat doesn't use my fibre connection at least for the most part. Weighing up if there are any other pros to freesat option.

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    Re: Freesat

    It could be my eyes, but the image on Freesat seems better than on any other FTA system.

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