Technisat HDFV - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
Technisat HDFV


Our Score:


The Media Organiser is slightly more confusing. It shows lists for two external devices at once – your laptop’s content on the left and USB content on the right, for example. You can select which device is shown on each side using the red and green keys. USB recordings are presented in a list with the programme names taken from the EPG.

We initially had some difficulties accessing files on our networked PC, but got there in the end. The HDFV uses CIFS to connect to PCs running XP or Vista, but they need to have been set up for public access with a password in place. PCs running Windows 7 can only be connected using uPnP, which can be activated in Windows Media Center.

If you want to use the PVR functionality, it’s worth connecting your USB stick and running the ‘DVR Suitability Test’ located in the Recording Media Organiser menu. We tried one with an insufficient writing speed and performance was glitchy, but with the right type of device connected, it records and plays live TV with no problems at all.

To view your recordings, you need to visit the Nav menu, which can be accessed by pressing the blue button (but that’s not made clear on the remote itself). The list of recordings is easy to follow and gives all the relevant detail about each recording. What’s more, picture quality is excellent, looking as crisp and colourful as the original broadcast.

Live TV pictures are excellent, particularly hi-def channels viewed on a 1080p TV. Coverage of The Open golf from St Andrews on BBC HD looks immaculate – the sharply-dressed golfers, finely-textured sandy bunkers and billowing grass are all presented with intense sharpness, plus the radiant, natural colour reproduction is to be applauded. Thanks to the wonders of hi-def you can finally see the ball travelling through the air.

Standard definition channels suffer by comparison from block noise and soft detail reproduction, but it’s no worse than any other Freeview HD box we’ve seen recently. Audio is consistently clear through the HDMI and coaxial outputs.


The Technisat HDFV is undoubtedly one of the best Freeview HD boxes on the market, by virtue of its generous feature list. The inclusion of network media streaming, USB media playback, PVR functionality and optional Wi-Fi support puts it head and shoulders above the competition – even the Humax HD FOX-T2 and Icecrypt T2200. The best part is that all this extra functionality comes at no extra cost, as its £150 price tag matches most of its rivals.

Our only complaints are that some parts of the operating system are clunky and confusing, and a second USB port would have solved a big connectivity clash, but otherwise this is a terrific Freeview HD debut from Technisat.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 8

Andrew 19

July 21, 2010, 12:24 pm

I disagree with the very high 9/10 score you have awarded this. Reading the review there seemed to be a lot of annoying negative points, for instance the single USB port disallowing storage and a wireless dongle at the same time and that this is a single channel tuner. I think this bring up the issue of scores being so high now that when something genuinely good comes along, are we in danger of issuing an 11/10 score!.

Secondly, there was a very subjective remark about the clarity of the picture. I would prefer something a little less subjective, such as a test signal image with resolution and gradients, also cross channel RGB and signal levels etc. This could be easily setup and the results published. Then we would have a very accurate (and no subjective) assessment of how well these devices perform. Given this is trivial to do, and can be applied to many other products such as TV's, Printers, even cameras, then how about it.


July 21, 2010, 3:14 pm

@Andrew: such as a test signal image with resolution and gradients

You make some valid points, but how could TR get a test signal coming out of this device. eg, I assume they can't tell the BBC etc to transmit a test signal for them.

The USB thing, I wonder if a USB hub would work.

I must admit I'm a little disappointed with the fact it's only got one receiver.

@Danny: How would you compare this to the 3View?. I know Andy was the one who did the hands on, so maybe you could converse with him on it. Just a thought.


July 21, 2010, 3:46 pm

I would agree the the 9/10 is a little high, The review states 'you can pause and rewind live TV' but the user manual does not mention rewinding live T.V., this unit does not appear to have a constantly running recording buffer, This is a show stopper for me. Also having to set up HDMI using a SCART connection is annoying


July 21, 2010, 3:46 pm

@Andrew Well said absolutely spot on. If a product dose come out with 11/10 you can be sure Nigel Tufnel will buy it.

Only 1x Tuner no HDD cant use external drive and WiFi at the same time, surly this deserves a 5 or 6 for features not a 9. Also without all these features how s it possible to get a 9 for value as well £69 maybe.

Come on TR


July 21, 2010, 5:41 pm

@Keith - The BBC HD channel, during it's preview in the daytime, has some test cards with the striped colours and patterns and it even has a sound test iterating through each channel with a test tone for your theatre setup. Otherwise you could load up a jpeg or mpeg with test patterns.


July 21, 2010, 6:00 pm

How does it compare to the Technika 8320HD from FetchTV?

Andrew 19

July 21, 2010, 6:19 pm

To get a test signal, you need simply to connect the TV input to the RF output of a quality Full HD 1080p transmitter (oh they even sell these at Maplin), actually I would get a more expensive broadcast quality job. You would only need one after all, so you spend a few hundred quid. Then make up a 1080 image with resolution line in 2 orthogonal directions and on 45 degrees. Plus tonal gradients for Gray, Red, Green, Blue and combinations of cross-over. Also have a sequence player for alternation between full black and full white to see how the components cope with a sudden shift of loading. Additionally, use a moving white square on black background to observe edge performance. Then some standard pictures to assess general composition and balance. As long as the input RF signal is standard and the result viewed on a the same monitor each time, then you will get a very good repeatable and measurable result. Using a HD recorder you can record the output and put it online so we can all make our own assessment. There - that was not so difficult was it.

Peter Etherington

July 21, 2010, 6:24 pm


I can confirm that the single USB port can be extended with an active or passive hub. This also explains why the 'Media Organiser' shows two external storage volumes - to allow the transfer of files between them.

I can also clarify that Terrystan is correct that there is no buffering so live TV cannot be rewound unless it has previously been paused.



July 21, 2010, 7:13 pm

@Andrew: (oh they even sell these at Maplin),

Out of interest you got a link to the device at Maplins?


July 21, 2010, 7:19 pm

@cushy91: The BBC HD channel, during it's preview in the daytime, has some test cards

Oh right, I've not got BBC HD yet, but that's good to know. I always remember the Test cards of old, I thought they had stopped doing them, not seen one for years. :)


July 21, 2010, 10:19 pm

yep little girl with the clown :)


July 21, 2010, 10:23 pm

Can anyone tell me whether an external hard disk could be recorded to, assuming it's formatted using FAT32?


July 21, 2010, 10:51 pm

@Ash: I've got a 8320HD box and would recommend it. HD picture quality is good, SD is good, I have it connected to my wi-fi so get the BBC iPlayer and Sky Player and it's an excellent all round box. Best of all it 'sees' my uPnP NAS so I can stream movies, etc. from there.


July 22, 2010, 6:47 am

I love the idea of the USB storage as PVR, but the single tuner then counters that somewhat. :(


July 22, 2010, 1:54 pm

@Andrew: (oh they even sell these at Maplin),

I've been looking at Maplins website, I'm unable to find such a device. It's maybe named something odd and I can't find it. You couldn't post a link could you, maybe @Danny might invest in one, you never know.


July 23, 2010, 12:25 am

The file playback support is pretty limited, do they intend to improve it through software/firmware revisions or anything?

Feature set seems a bit poor for the price in my opinion.


August 1, 2010, 4:51 am

"No buffering" means no constant fan noise. I can live without buffering... but only one tuner? :-{

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