Goodmans GFSAT200HD HD Freesat Receiver - Goodmans GFSAT200HD

By Danny Phillips



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The GFSAT200HD offers a comprehensive range of digital TV features, including a 7-day programme guide, digital text, interactive access and programme information banners that can be called up as you're watching TV. The unit also supports Audio Description and subtitles, plus you can create Favourite channel lists and set programme reminders.

Goodmans always puts a strong emphasis on ease of use and this is apparent with the GFSAT200HD. When you first power it up, it jumps straight to an initial setup screen where you enter your postcode in order to receive the correct regional channel variations, although this didn't work during our test - we were stuck with ITV Central in the South West region. Otherwise it's incredibly easy to make other initial changes in the main setup menu, such as aspect ratio and HDMI output settings.

Although we're generally impressed by the presentation and responsiveness of the logically structured user interface, it's nowhere near as attractive or pleasant to use as the Humax receiver. The Goodmans' onscreen banners are more basic than those found on the Humax, lacking its rival's informative icons and snazzy presentation, but in action the box is every bit as fast and responsive when it comes to changing channels or moving around the menus.

Press the Guide button on the remote and the unit offers a choice of genres (a Freesat requirement), and once selected the programmes are listed in a logical timeline arrangement that allows you to skip forward or back 24 hours using the remote's colour-coded keys.

Goodmans has also done a superb job with the remote, arranging the buttons in a sensible, uncluttered fashion and labelling each one with big obvious text - it's just a shame they couldn't have made it prettier to look at.

Something that may disappoint some users is the lack of manual tuning as found on the Humax receiver. That means you can't search for non-Freesat channels found on the same satellites, including the hi-def Luxe TV channel and many more. There were rumours of a service code that allows you to scan the non-Freesat channels but we couldn't find a way in.


June 26, 2008, 6:30 am

could you in future include screenshots of the interface aswell?


June 26, 2008, 6:50 pm

I agree, if the interface is awful, I shall not be buying this. Seeing screenshots will highly influence my buying decision. I understand it may not be easy to capture good looking screenshots from a TV but I think it is worth it just to see the interface.


June 27, 2008, 1:07 am

I wish all reviewers would start testing Subtitle performance

When deaf people rely on Subtitles or the many thousands of users that put it on as an English teaching aid subtitles are really important, sadly sky platform can be appaling, sometimes its down to weather, or dish alignment is not spot on, or subtitles lag so you can be reading what happned five mins ago.

Worse offenders are advert breaks, a big splash across your screen imploring you to BE KIND TO YOUR BOTTOM - Andrex ... and it stubbornly remains there 5 mins into the next programme until your forced to change channel and back.

The Font and Big Bold helvetica font has not changed in 30 years. Its awful, time has moved on when will at least one manufacturer at least try to offer an alternitive.

choose a font, a colour scheme, transparancy, with or without background.

We want real subtitles, not something dreamed up in the days of CEEFAX time has moved on.

Deaf and hard of hearing adults in the UK *

These are the latest estimated figures for the number of deaf and hard of hearing adults in the UK. There are:

* 8,945,000 deaf and hard of hearing people

* 2,474,000 deaf and hard of hearing people aged 16 to 60

* 6,471,000 deaf and hard of hearing people aged over 60

* 8,257,000 people with mild to moderate deafness

* 2,366,000 people with mild to moderate deafness aged 16 to 60

* 5,891,000 people with mild to moderate deafness aged over 60

* 688,000 people with severe to profound deafness

* 108,000 people with severe to profound deafness aged 16 to 60

* 580,000 people with severe to profound deafness aged over 60.


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