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Toshiba Launches Freeview+ HD Recorder


Toshiba Launches Freeview+ HD Recorder

With the World Cup just a few months away, it seems like the High Definition frenzy is starting all over again. Back in 2006 Sky managed to get its HD service out the door just in time for the World Cup kick off in Germany and this time it’s the turn of Freeview HD.

With Freeview HD you’ll finally be able to receive high definition broadcast content through your TV aerial and Toshiba is keen to help you make the most of that fact with its HDR5010 set top box. The HDR5010 comes equipped with two Freeview HD tuners, so you’ll be able to watch one programme while recording another, or record two programmes while watching a recording – much the same as Sky’s HD box.

There’s a 500GB hard disk, which will hold around 120 hours of HD content, and as with existing Freeview+ systems, the HDR5010 will allow you to record entire seasons of your favourite programmes at the touch of a single button.

As well as an HDMI output, for pumping the signal to your TV, the HDR5010 also has two HDMI inputs, so you can use the box as an HDMI switcher, if you’re running short of ports on your TV. You also get two USB ports for showing still images, or streaming video, and although DivX playback is present, there’s no MKV support as yet.

The recommended price of £349 may seem a bit steep to some, considering that Sky is giving away its HD box to new customers. However, there are enough consumers who don’t want to pay a monthly subscription, or who can’t have a satellite dish and have been waiting for Freeview HD to arrive. If you fall into one of those categories, and you’re a footie fan, you should start saving.


February 11, 2010, 5:33 am

Well done Toshiba for getting straight in with an HD Recorder. I was disappointed that Humax had decided to go with the 'one step at a time' approach with a non-recording HD box to be followed some time later by a recording HD box. They already have the tech to put together the recording box so why try to take the consumers for all we've got by trying to tempt us with Box 1 and then asking us to upgrade to Box 2? Hopefully Toshiba have done a decent job (get one, TR) but I'm not convinced that for the few HD channels available £300+ is justified. Still, a step nearer bringing the whole 'North West, you have HD, you just can't see it' debacle to an end.

Does anyone think/know if over-the-air HD pics will be a significant upgrade to upscaled SD freeview pics?


February 11, 2010, 7:19 am

... start saving only if you are in an area they are bothering to upgrade. Ignoring population distribution entirely; East Anglian, Meridian, Greater London, Midlands (except Birmingham) will not be getting Freeview HD until 2011. Ironically, all of Wales and a large portion of the Scottish population will get Freeview HD so they can watch England play.

Coverage map... http://www.freeview.co.uk/_for...

There's an actual line down the country so that anyone without a funny accent doesn't even get a sniff of HD till 2011-2012. You just know that the shops in those areas are going to be selling these boxes anyway and it's going to cause problems. Will online stores warn people? I doubt it.


February 11, 2010, 9:41 am

No you're right jopey. The South really should get preferential treatment for a change. And by funny accent I assume you mean anything past Zone 6.

Mark Booth

February 11, 2010, 12:48 pm

Surely Granada is one of the main TV viewing area in the UK. Not that I'm suggesting the typical Granada viewer sits at home all day and watches the most hours per day but it's a major region. You have to start the switch over somewhere and they were the first to go fully digital and therefore free up bandwidth for the HD channels. Maybe the powers that be's market research told them there are less Daily Mail readers up there so less likely to complain should something go wrong? Who knows....

Since moving to the south coast I've started thinking anyone north of Haywards Heath has a funny accent!! :)


February 11, 2010, 1:04 pm

The south shouldn't have preferential treatment, just "some" treatment would be nice. Merely proportional to the population.

Thomas C

February 11, 2010, 2:24 pm

London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Bradford and Birmingham will receive Freeview HD by the end of March 2010.

Manchester, Cardiff and Swansea will receive Freeview HD by March 2010 as they go through digital switchover.



February 11, 2010, 2:56 pm

Consider yourselves lucky! Some of us havent even had the digital switchover yet so cant even get freeview!

Its not like I live in the middle of no-where either, between maidenhead and reading and a 30 min drive from the center of London! Freesat HD will have to do for now

Tariq Pugh

February 11, 2010, 3:59 pm

Ha ha, screw you Londoners, with your apples and pears and eel-pie stalls (and immensely funny accent)! In all fairness to the Scots and Welsh, they have a far greater need the HD World Cup, since they will need to support 31 teams. Myself, as a resident of England, will obviously be supporting the Black Stars ;)

However, I'm about to move intoa place with a sattelite dish, so I'm currently torn between upgrading to Freeview HD or Freesat HD.


February 11, 2010, 4:10 pm

What the heck??? You mean that brand new HD telly I bought for Christmas is already obsolete???? I have to buy ANOTHER box to watch England in full HD? Why the heck do they bother with tuners on these tellys???


February 11, 2010, 4:35 pm

@timple, Freesat piped Freeview by some margin to the post and has started to establish itself. TV's becoming obsolete is something we are going to have to get used to for a while as the following are going to have an impact on the buying public....wireless power, LED (edge lighting, backlit etc), OLED (if it ever happens), and 3D (I hope it never happens). Like you mine doesn't have Freesat tunner or FreeviewHD one. Freesat is aimed at those with a satellite dish who like me are likely to leave sky and are unable to receive Freeview SD/HD.

I do hope though, those out there get there act together. I would sell my soul for one "box to rule them all" :)

Simon Heather

February 11, 2010, 6:56 pm

What does the LAN port do? Can you copy or access stored recordings or can you stream video from a fileserver on the network?

Robert Bowman

February 11, 2010, 7:46 pm

What does the LAN socket do? Am hoping it allows programmes to be archived to a PC but I suspect it is nothing more than a means to update the firmware.


February 12, 2010, 9:49 am

@Simon & Robert - I suspect that it allows the box to stream iPlayer content, and other on demand stuff when it becomes available.

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