The Top Up TV+ digital TV recorder (DTR) isn’t a new concept — we were talking about it last year and it’s been on the cards since late 2006 — but now Top Up TV has announced a 250GB version, meaning even more space to record Freeview programmes.
By now, I’m assuming everyone knows what the main features of a DTR are (if not, go back to that last article and read). Suffice it to say that this model does all the things you’d expect a dual-tuner Freeview DTR to do. It also continues to give you access to the PictureBox service for £5 a month, offering a choice of seven blockbuster movies each day, plus the usual benefits of the Top Up TV service.
This 250GB model will give you up to 180 hours of recording, which suggests that there’s some fairly decent compression going on in there, though it will depend on the encoding of the original broadcast.
Argos are now selling three flavours of TUTV+ DTR. For £129.99 you can get the 250GB model with a month’s trial of Top Up TV Anytime. For £149.99 you also get one month of Setanta Sports. Alternatively, the original 160GB box is now £99.99.
They should also be available to buy from the Top Up TV website