This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter
This product review was written by Ainsley Hunter
|TalkTalk||Can pause live TV for 30 min, allows paid Netflix streaming and other free subscriptions.||£|
|Humax DTR-T1000||HD TV, allows recording while streaming other channel and 500 GB storage.||£|
|BT Youview Box||Paternal lock, 7 days scroll back & fast forward, one-click pause & rewind live HD TV.||£|
|TalkTalk Youview DN372T||Multiple resolutions, 360 GB storage, 15 days future program schedule and allowed recording 2 shows at once.||£|
|BT Humax DTR-T2100||Audio splitting, 500 GB storage, 7 days scrolling back and 5 different video resolutions.||££|
|Humax DTR-T2000||Personal library, free application for controlling the device, 1 TB storage and 7 days past TV.||££|
|BT Youview + Set Top Box||Extra quite device, 500 GB storage and one-click pause and rewind live TV.||£££|
|BT Ultra HD YouView Box||HD TV, can record 2 programs while watching a recording and an on-demand library.||£££|
Best Youview Box UK
If you have never heard of a youview box, you must be living under a rock. Those times have gone when people used to pay for cable TV and sit late night just to catch the repeat of their favourite show. With youview you get free TV service AND can pause, rewind or record live TV.
Now if you are something which youview you should get, we have all of the information you need. After researching every good quality product, here are our 8 recommended youview boxes that are worth a shot.
TalkTalk is a famous name in the youview, set-top box, and Freeview industry. They gave been piping out good quality products at the cheapest rates for years. The most economical youview box in this list is this one which is from TalkTalk.
This box is 33 x 23 x 7 cm big and weighs about 1.3 kg. If you are unaware of the all youview thing and want to check if you like it or not, this product is what you should get started with. It does not have the pro features as other youview boxes in this list, but it got all the essentials one can need to get started.
You will get all the Freeview channels with this box and on top of that, you can pay for on-demand channels and show. You can also watch Netflix on it. Yes, there is no option to record any of your shows because of the lack of hard drive. But, if your show is airing on the TV and got busy with some other business, there is an option to pause the show for 30 minutes max. If you never liked watching TV in the speaker and want to use headphones or hand free, you should check out wireless earbuds.
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- Supports Netflix steaming
- Can easily connect to the router using a wire
- Provide access to ITV and a lot of other free subscription
- You can pause live TV for 30 min
This is also an inexpensive option for people who are just experimenting with the youview box services. Humax is like any ordinary youview box but with better features. At this price point, Humax is delivering features that are usually expected from high-end products.
This box is 25.2 x 38 x 5.5 cm in size and weighs 4.08 kg. With DTR-T1000 you will get 70 digital channels and you can get paid subscriptions as well. But this is not it, with this product is it easy to scroll back a week worth of programs on ITV player, Demand 5, BBC iplayer, and 4OD. It offers access to free subscriptions and you can get any show on-demand with ease.
Most of the youview boxes in this range offer only recording but now you can pause, record or rewind live shows without the need for any additional equipment. And there is no need to record each episode on its own, Humax provides the option of recording the whole series with one click. Our guide on the best computer speakers may help you decide on a product that helps elevate your sound to the next level.
- Showcases crisp, clear and colourful images, all of the shows are in HD quality
- Makes searching movie, music and shows easier with the search filter
- 500 GB built-in hard disk can record up to 300 SD hours worth TV
- Allows recording one program while watching the other
In the last couple of years, BT has become a well-known brand. It has got all the popularity because of the rapid production of new youview models in a short time. BT produces both economical and high-end products with great quality.
This is a lightweight box, weighting only 980 g and is 39 x 19.2 x 4.8 cm in size. If you love to watch TV shows but first do not get the right time to catch your favourite series or do not want to spend money on cable, this youview box is a great option. With this product, you can get to see 4OD, BBC iplayer, ITV player and UK tv without paying any subscription fee or any extra charges. Also to stream Freeview channels there is no need to set up any external satellite.
If you missed your favourite show, unfortunately, there is no way to bring you back to time. But, this device can bring back shows from the last 7 days, so you can enjoy the missed episode. But, this is a mediocre feature and every youview brand is introducing it. With BT, you can view what new programs are coming in the next 7 days. If you are interested in watching the show on the phone, getting a Bluetooth transmitter is what you need to get.
- The high definition shows with vibrant colours
- Easy access to scroll back or fast forward 7 days of shows
- One-click pause and rewind live TV
- Paternal control and pin code security
If you have DN370T and want to get a better version, this DN372T is an upgraded version of the previous model. This product has the same youview interface as the other products from TalkTalk but this one was manufactured in Huawei.
This youview box is 35.6 x 25.4 x 17.8 cm in size and weighs only 1.44 kg. For people who are tired of paying cable bills and still not getting enough chances. With TalkTalk DN372T you access 70 HD Freeview channels, other than that streaming high definition changes from BBC, Channel 4 and ITV is free. It is possible to catch up with 7 days old shows in case you have missed it. Also, TalkTalk allows you to check the program schedule of 15 days in advance.
It is usually seen that youview boxes only allow one resolution format but with TalkTalk, you can watch any show or record the shows in 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Also, it is possible to record the 2 tv shows from two different channels at the same time.
- Different resolution formats help saving internet
- Built-in 360 GB hard drive storage
- Allows recording 2 different shows at 2 different channels at the same time
- Easy to quick check program schedule of the upcoming 15 days
If you liked Humax DTR-T1000 but felt that the device was not quite suitable for your needs, you might like this one. This model works faster than the previous youview box from Humax.
This product is also lightweight and compact. The dimensions of this device are 31.6 x 30.2 x 9.6 cm and weigh 1.74 kg. DTR-T2100 was designed with having BT in mind, this is the reason it works well with BT services. But, it can also access to Freeview channels on high definition. Humax also allows watching other free streaming services. Other than that, watching Netflix is possible but only if you have a subscription.
DTR-T1000 does not give the option to choose a video resolution but this one does. You can choose between 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, and 576i. Also, pausing, rewinding and recording shows is easier. With a 500 GB hard disk, you still never run out of space to record your favourite show. This device needs to be connected with the router directly and for aux cable is necessary for connecting it with tv.
- Allows audio splitting for users with 2 speakers
- 500 GB hard disk
- 5 different video resolutions to choose from
- Offers to scroll and watching shows from last 7 days
If you have a bigger budget and want a device with better hard disk than the previously launched Humax brands, this DTR-T2000 is the way to go.
If you are forgetful or are busy so watching shows on time is impossible for you, DTR-T2000 is here for your service. You can record your favourite shows, with the 1TB hard disk you can save up to 600 hours of shows. Also, you get to stream 70 Freeview channels from which only 12 are in HD. Other than that, this device always streaming of all the services other youview boxes does and does not e.g. BBC iplayer, ITV player, Netflix, Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV and Milkshake.
Now you do not have to be in the same room with your youview box to record any show. With the Humax Youview app, recording can be done remotely from any corner of the world. And after you have saved enough shows or selected which one you want to watch the appearance in a neat and clean personal library of yours for easy access. You can even take this on the road in your SUV and connect it to a 32 inch TV. If you do not have a small tv already, you should get one because it is portable and best for travellers.
- 1 TB or 500 GB storage variants
- Personal library for easy access to all of your favourite shows
- Can be controlled remotely with the help of the app
- Offers to watch 7 days old shows
This youview box is all about ease of access and time management. If you do not usually get the time to sit around and watch television shows only airing at a specific hour or you only get time on your hand on weekends, this box will allow you to record up to 300 hours worth of TV.
The box itself weighs 1.46kg and the dimensions are 40 × 19 × 11 cm making it slightly wider and heavier than conventional boxes. You can watch your favourite channels in high definition with vibrant colours with easy fast forward and rewind features.
It also has no fans inside so silent operation which prevents the audio from being hindered. If you can not manage time to record your favourite shows because you’re not home, you can use the smart app for this box for remote recording from your iPhone. The intelligent search will allow you to find the show you want to watch from your recordings list.
- Comes with a storage of 500GB which allows you up to 300h of recording time
- The capability of pausing and rewinding live TV is also available
- Supports internet via a router using a network cable
- Operates extra quietly because of the absence of fans
As the name suggests, unlike other products on our list, this Youview offers BT sports and recording from standard to ultra-high definition. BT sports channels require a premium subscription for the 4K streaming but you can watch other channels free of charge or any monthly service fee.
It is compact (34.6 × 31.2 × 6.2 cm) but weighs 2kgs making it slightly heavier. You have the option to record your favourite TV shows but the recording time varies depending upon the quality you choose. For standard definition, you can record up to 300 hours; for high definition, you can record up to 125 hours and for Ultra HD, you can record up to 30 hours of screen time.
The user menu is intuitive and easy to use and allows you to seamlessly scroll through all your saved TV programs. Like any other youview box, this one also has the most demanding features like pausing or rewinding live TV. Do make sure that your TV has an HDMI 2.0 which allows UHD display.
- Amazing ultra high definition clarity and detail with vibrant colours with BT subscription
- Slick and intuitive user interface with On-Demand Library
- You can record up to two channels whilst watching a recording
- Free channels can be upscaled to 4k without BT subscription
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