Written on: 17/07/2010
loses channels overnight!! tries to do a firmware update every night and loses channels in the process. there's no way to turn off this automatic firmware check!!! (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2009
Bought it to replace a different make that became unusable when the Freeview system was updated. Has worked fairly well for a couple of years or more. Since the new allocation of channels came in it keeps losing all channels except 1 - 9. It is (was) used with a Philips flat screen TV, and the controls used to interfere with each other. I, too used to rate Philips products but not so much now. I will buy a different make - but what? (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2009 by Bertie (27 reviews written)
Thirty-three quid in Tesco's - the cheapest I found anywhere PLUS the advantage of Tesco's no-quibble guarantee and returns policy.
This Philips DTR200 does the job and does it well. I feel the negative comments about it on this board result from aerial/signal strength problems as especially the BBC channels are reproduced perfectly. Channel 5 is problematical with occasional freezing and pixellation and little wonder with the signal strength indicator bars doing a waltz. As this digital TV... (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2009
Rubbish product by Philips, flick through channels and it locks up if you go too quickly also pixualtes, not recommened steer well clear of the DTR200. (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2009 by canoesailor
my Philips DTR200 locks up on average twice a day, loses sound on c3 three or four times a day (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2009 by SteveZ (2 reviews written)
Personally not happy with the Philips DTR200 freeview box. We bought it to upgrade from an old box we had that pixalated occasionally so the aerial and set-up were already proven. The Philips box was nowhere near as good as the old thing we had. Simply do not recommend it. (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2008
I bought this over many others becuase I thought Philips would be a good investment. I will never buy Philips again. This product is absolute crap and should be removed from sale. (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2008
Philips DTR200 Freeview box review - I have rated Philips products for 30 years, they have been very good, but no more, this is rubbish, and if this is the way forward then Philips should give it up and call it a day. I had my heart set on a Philips LCD TV but not now. I guess it will be Sony. (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2008
Locks up once or twice a day and doesn't respond to remote. Have to unplug to reset.
Picture constantly disappears from screen taking 5 or so seconds to come back on. This is nothing to do with reception and happens sometimes once every 10 seconds making viewing impossible.
Remote interferes with my TV, sometimes turning the TV on or off instead of the freeview.
Sometimes distorts my CRT TV's picture with purple/blue/inverted magnetic artifacts in the corners and needs degaussing.
This is a... (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2008
First box - after 24 hours started freezing and breaking up - 100% signal strength - took it back to Currys - told me there were no known problems!!! Gave me a second box - lasted 2 hours before breaking up with 100% signal strength. Changed from Sagem - good so far. (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2008 by W860098 (2 reviews written)
My DTR220 unit has an amazing fault whereby, if I am recording anything overnight, it is determined to ask me (at about 3 a.nm.) whether I wish to apply the latest software upgrade (even if I have done that manually before I set up the recording) and THEN, to add to the craziness of this situation, switches itself back to a completely different channel!
Bad enough to lose part of what I was recording but to then record something completely different!!
I have contacted the Philips service... (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2008
Sometimes it freezes and unplugging it doesn't work. Now the lights have started blinking constantly, and Phillips said it doesn't work anymore and I need to get a new one. Definitely not getting another Philip's Free view Box!!!! (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2007 by Bristolclaire (1 review written)
Lets see how long my Philips DTR200 is going to be good for. (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2007 by listy (1 review written)
I highly recommend this little Phillips Freeview box, good connectivity too by the way. (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2007 by mr magoo
I bought it as a present for my parents and it does not work well at all, you cannot turn it off at the mains as you need to rescan (very slow) whenever you turn it on. It is therefore very wasteful of electricity. It is built in flimsy, tacky plastic. the user interface is poor, Sagem ones are much better. It frequently loses contact with channels while having good reception with others. (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2006 by silver tractor (1 review written)
I bought this Philips DTR200 box about 8 months ago, but only started using it regularly recently.
The box looks OK, has a nice remote control and was easy to set up.
After a few channel changes the box freezes and does not respond to the remote control. This happens repeatedly and can only be cleared by unplugging the mains. Doing this 7 or 8 times during the course of a few hours viewing gets very wearing!
Sometimes there is a picture with no sound, and then (just for variety) at other... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2006 by fountainp (1 review written)
I used to swear by Philips as a brand, but they have obviously dropped all the quality standards to cut costs.
Poorly designed, cheap components and very poor reliability.
I for one, have now decided to never buy another Philips product again after my experience with the Philips DTR200 freeview box. (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2006 by Des FitzGerald (1 review written)
The Philips DTR200 freeview box is a complete and utter waste of money. I connected everything and it didn't work, then I thought maybe it needs to be connected to the main aerial, but that didn't make any difference, and it always has the barest signal so it freezes, and then you have to turn it on and off or wave it about and hope for the best. Utter rubbish! I wouldn't even give it away. It's gone in the bin.
I will avoid Philips products in future. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2006 by Stan C
I plugged in the Philips DTR200 freeview box and it tuned itself (a bit slow). It worked straight away. Good picture, good sound/volume - a bit lacking compared to terrestrial TV. I think a lot of reported problems with this model may be down to poor aerials (indoor ones for Freeview?!) and/or poor reception areas.
If it is a simple component failure, these things happen (only once is acceptable). I will reserve further comment until Tesco/Philips respond and the system is up and running... (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2006 by pecan
I bought the Philips DTR 200/05 freeview box from Asda for £44.97, having returned a cheaper different unit which began to freeze after about six months. But, this new unit began to freeze regularly after only 24 hours! I am afraid that I will be returning this one also. I guess I will have to bite the bullet and pay extra to get some reliability. (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2006 by michaelroberts1812 (1 review written)
This is the second Philips DTR200 freeview box I have owned. After taking the first one back due to it turning itself off, poor reception, screen going blank (but sound continuing), and failing to respond to remote etc.
A total waste of time and money. Luckily it was a present, so I haven't wasted my own hard-earned cash!
I won't buy anything from Philips again. (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2006 by graeme0781 (4 reviews written)
Bought a Philips DTR200 Freeview box in October '05 primarily for the way it looks. Compact design and the silver/black finish looks great.
Used it at first with an aerial off an old portable (5-10% signal). Sky channels and E4 would get awful reception regardless of adjustment. On top of that box would jam and would have to unplug to reset. Hooked up a mains powered aerial with 42db gain signal jumped to 90% all round. Problem solved! Nope, picture still distorts and jams frequently,... (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2006 by fevington
I have just got a Philips DTR200 freeview box from Argos, and I'm taking it straight back. It keeps freezing up, and it has to be powered off at the mains to get it back up and running again. It even locks-up when not in use, ie on standby. The mains adapter came with a two pin shaver type plug and no adapter. (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2006 by Yam Graham (5 reviews written)
I wouldn't recommend the Philips DTR200 freeview box, as mine freeze`s on a daily basis, and I have to power it off and on to clear it.
I will now be looking elsewhere. (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2006 by No Name
The Digital Audio Output is corrupt (noise) on my Philips DTR200 freeview box, and it can not be heared properly on a surround system.
The audio can not be controlled via the remote control either. (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2006 by halftone (3 reviews written)
For the first few hours the Philips DTR200 freeview box seemed really good, but then it proceeded to corrupt sound and vision on some channels, all good signal strength (~80%). I ended up rebooting this box at least 3-4 times in a couple of hours. Sometimes it helped, sometimes not. After a week of this, I gave up. A complete fresh setup left half the channels missing, only to reappear at the 4th attempt. I have a feeling it plays up once warm, but unless you only want to watch 30 minutes of... (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2005 by Enjoy Life (5 reviews written)
I thought the Philips DTR 200 Freeview box was overall poor. I had constant problems the picture freezing then disappearing, and it only occasionally works properly.
The manual not very helpful.
A waste of money. Not recommended. (read more)