One way to save time when buying a new television, recorder or anything really is to read the latest reviews. But with so many different brands and products on the market it can all be a bit mind-boggling, so where do you start? Well, right here – we’ve done some of the work for you. We’ve trawled the web for the best Freeview reviews, so you don’t have to.
In case you didn’t know, Freeview Play has arrived. But how can it change your viewing? With a Freeview Play TV or recorder, you can enjoy catch up and live TV all in one place from the TV guide. Sound too good to be true? Well, Which are on board.
Panasonic VIERA TX-55CX700B
You’ll find Freeview Play in a number of 2015 Panasonic TVs. But If you’re after style and substance (who isn’t?), then look no further than the TX-55CX700B. Five stars don’t come easy you know, expertreviews gave this 4K television special praise for its ‘wonderful image quality and superb operating system’. But if you like watching sports, action movies, or anything fast paced, it might be worth paying a little more for the TX-55CX802 which comes with a powerful processor.
Panasonic VIERA TX-55CX802
But let’s face it, TVs don’t come cheap. If you don’t fancy buying a new one, but still want Freeview Play, consider the Humax FVP-4000T 500GB. This recorder is slim, compact and easy to use; simply connect it to your current HD television for bucket loads of entertainment. And with three tuners, you can record up to four programmes at the same time whilst watching a fifth.
Humax FVP-4000T 500GB
So what can you watch with Freeview HD? As well as the standard Freeview Channels, you get up to 12 HD channels. High definition delivers every image sharp and clear, it makes for more immersive viewing. There’s a huge selection of Freeview HD TVs and recorders to suit all budgets.
You don’t always have to pay a fortune for quality. Take the Samsung UE48J6300 for instance, at around £600, it’s an absolutely steal. This curved television was recently named What Hi-Fi’s Product of the Year and it’s easy to see why. Like the exterior design, the smart interface is smooth and slick. And there are plenty of smart features to keep you occupied. The picture quality delivers too, with rich colour and detail in abundance.
If you’re really looking to treat yourself then the LG 55EG960V offers plenty under the bonnet. Techradar feel the £2500-3000 price tag is fully justified. This curved TV really is a thing of beauty, 4K and OLED come together in this ultra-slim package…the stuff dreams are made of apparently.
Freeview HD recorder
Those days of bickering over the remote are long gone. With a Freeview HD recorder, you can watch one programme and record another for later, all in stunning High Definition. The Humax HDR-1800T gives you all this flexibility and more. This recorder’s responsive onscreen menus and easy-to-use remote make it a ‘joy to operate’. Make your TV smart for a reasonable £140.
If you’re looking to go even further with your home entertainment setup, there are plenty of other products that can add to your Freeview experience.
Just like a Freeview HD recorder, some Blu-ray players can add smart features to your HD TV. One such product is the award winning Panasonic DMP-BDT370, which combines top-tier specs, features and performance into an attractive design.
Toshiba SBM1W sound bar
And if you want to boost your TV audio, but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, a sound bar could be the answer. Not only are sound bars relatively cheap, but they’re a cinch to set up.