Philips DTR220/05 Freeview Receiver - Philips DTR220/05

By Danny Phillips



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Another admirable quality is the user-friendly onscreen design, which makes it appealing to first timers as well as hardened digital TV viewers. When you first boot it up, the First Time Installation mode lets you select your country, screen format and TV SCART output options, before launching you head first into the auto channel tuning mode - the entire process takes less than five minutes.

In use, the stumpy remote does its best to keep up the good work, but its swarm of fiddly, homogenous buttons makes it a bit of a let down. The unit makes up for it by responding instantly to remote commands and providing quick, slick digital text access.

There are no complaints about the unit's picture quality. Set to RGB, the SCART socket delivers well-defined, richly saturated digital TV pictures that look great on a 32in LCD screen. The set of Channel 4's Richard & Judy might look like an explosion in a paint factory, but it's the perfect way to show off the Philips' effortless handling of bright colours, doing a great job of bringing out the vividness of Judy's pink jacket while making skin tones look utterly realistic.

What's more, the detail level is high, edges are bleed-free and block noise never oversteps the mark. And with such a sensitive tuner on board, we never had any trouble with the signal dropping out or freezing, even during the sort of nasty weather that has been known to affect below-par Freeview receivers in the past.

Sound quality is clear and audible though SCART and the digital audio outputs, but without any Dolby Digital broadcasts available we didn't get to hear all of the unit's sonic capabilities.


It's not the most robustly built Freeview receiver around and a few more sockets wouldn't have gone amiss, but it does all the basics brilliantly, with slick digital TV functionality and top-notch picture quality. It also throws some useful features into the mix, such as automatic channel updating, S-video from both SCARTs and the Pulse Killer Chip, all of which makes this a great-value entrée into the world of digital TV.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 7


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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