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alan_m
Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:07 am Reply with quote
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ChunkyBloke wrote:
There were a few sellers on eBay selling brand new ET 8500 though a quick (and not very thorough) scan didn't show and specifically configured for terrestrial only.


I believe that Extrend was bought out by another company and although still trading under that name the boxes from a few years ago are no longer being manufactured. It should be noted that this is also true for many other manufacturers who are now producing the next generation of 4K TV boxes (which still work with SD and HD broadcasts). In general the mid to top range boxes have a much better specification than the mid to top end boxes of a few years ago. Faster processors, more RAM more flash memory etc. for your money.

When looking for a box don't overlook the 4K UHD boxes even though you may never use the 4K functionality.

DO NOT buy an old box without the necessary tuners. Even when the boxes were current finding a extra/different tuner a few months after purchase of a box was difficult.

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alan_m
Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:13 pm Reply with quote
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alan_m wrote:

I would also change from a traditional LNB to the latest technology which are supported by many of the lastest boxes allowing many more simultaneous channls to be received/recorded by a single tuner module. Google FBC tuners and unicable LNB.


A fairly good introduction can be found at (read the whole thread)
https://www.world-of-satellite.com/showthread.php?59981-Guide-to-using-Unicable

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