A few weeks back, I reported that ‘selected customers’ were being offered free Top Up TV+ boxes, despite the boxes being offered for sale on the site. Well, it seems like that two-tier world is still in operation, with news that the Top Up TV+ boxes are now for sale on the high street as well as online. Price? Still £139.
That doesn’t represent bad value if you want the service – you get a 160GB drive (around 120 hours of recording), which offers access to the usual Freeview, as well as the option of a subscription to the premium channels the service offers, including Setanta Sports (which has a number of Premiership games, plus other leading sporting events). The box itself allows viewers to pause, rewind live TV as well as record two channels at the same time. The Top Up TV Anytime service also offers a range of premium shows to watch for up to seven days after transmission.
All good – but when you know some people are getting a box for free, it’s not quite the same.