Philips DTR220/05 Freeview Receiver - Philips DTR220/05

By Danny Phillips



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The inclusion of two SCARTs makes it possible to link to unit to a TV and video recorder simultaneously, giving you a choice of RGB, S-video (Y/C) and composite (CVBS) from the ‘TV' SCART, and S-video or composite from the ‘VCR' SCART, all of which is selectable from the main setup menu. Getting S-video from the ‘VCR' SCART is surprisingly unusual and allows you make recordings in slightly better quality than composite (though you can always switch the cables round if you want to record in RGB).

There's a 7-day onscreen Electronic Programme Guide, which is fairly cluttered but still easy to get the hang of. At the top of the screen is a channel timeline (showing only five channels at a time) with details of the highlighted programme listed below in a large yellow box that makes it easy to read. At the bottom, it lists the options that correspond with the coloured keys on the remote, enabling you to skip forward/back 24 hours or jump back to the current time. If you want to narrow your search, hit EPG again and the layout switches to a list of all the programmes on a selected channel.

Alternatively, you can view programme details while watching TV by hitting Info on the remote. This superimposes a banner on top of the TV picture, which is legible and quick to respond but it's a shame that you can't search the entire range of channels using this method - it's limited to ‘now and next' info.

Otherwise, the DTR220 does everything you'd expect from a Freeview receiver. It's compatible with MHEG services and digital text and provides a timer feature that cranks up the power at the start of a scheduled programme and triggers the ‘slave mode' of any recorder connected via the SCART output. Also on board is a Pulse Killer Chip, which isn't the name of Tarantino's latest Grindhouse flick but a feature that snuffs out electrical interference to prevent picture break-up, freezing or other nasties, resulting in smoother and more stable digital TV reception in problematic areas. And when new channels are added to the Freeview roster, the unit automatically finds them when it's in standby and adds them to the list.


July 18, 2008, 6:22 pm

Is it just the photo because that looks like one of the most stylish Freeview box's I've seen? I can see them putting that much effort into a full blown PVR (with Freeview) but for a bare bones receiver? Cool.

Danny P

July 21, 2008, 2:44 pm

The photo does make it seem sexier than it really is, but it's not a bad looking unit.

L Jones

August 20, 2008, 12:40 am

I Purchased one of these last christmas, and every time it crashes (about 1-5 times a week) and also when the remote turns the set off and crashes when you try and adjust the volume, and not forgetting when sometimes the info panel display corrupts when switching channels (this can be fixed by resetting the box only by turning it off and on again by the mains) I always say, "I must take this back for a replacement" but I never do... Because most freeview boxes I've had in the past, have had the odd glitch here and there, even the occasional crash and you usually end up putting up with them... Well, tomorrow, I will be exchanging this for a different model, this time I've had enough! This freeview box has the amazing way of crashing when 1) The punchline of a joke. 2) The suspect is being revealed in a movie, 3) A goal scored watching the match, it is unbelievable! If you want to find out what other owners (about thirty plus of us) of this unreliable freeview box think, then you must check out the customer reviews on the site, although Danny Phillips gives us a great review, I think you must have a product test that lasts a good few days or even a couple of weeks too see how a freeview box performs good or bad. Oh yeh, the photo does make it look cool and stylish, but as the old saying goes "Never judge a book by it's cover"

Victor Ian Clark

March 19, 2009, 7:59 pm

this is an expensive box and it is a pity it uses a transformer type mains plug. Beware of the latest ECO cheap digi boxes from Tesco or Morrisons,which all seem to be made in Turkey, they do not pass the Aerial input through to the Aerial output.OK if all you want is TV but difficult if you want to daisy chain to a recorder. Funny the connectors are there and the manuals show the aerial pass through connection but they do not work.


March 18, 2010, 11:55 pm

" hitting Info on the remote. This superimposes a banner on top of the TV picture, which is legible and quick to respond but it's a shame that you can't search the entire range of channels using this method - it's limited to ‘now and next' info"

I'm still lookin for this feature in a freeview receiver. Anyone of you know any of them who allows to do previous and next channel in the info banner?

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