Prices Of Freeview HD Boxes Plummet To All Time Low

Over the last few weeks, the prices of Freeview HD set top boxes have fallen to less than £40, just over twice as much as their SD counterparts.

Tesco is selling the Technika STBHDV2010 STB for £39.97 on its Ebay outlet, and while it is a refurbished model, it does carry a full 12 months warranty direct from Tesco.

The box, which is unassuming, comes with a LED display unlike most entry level Freeview boxes. It also gives you access to free-to-air HD and non-HD channels (50 at the moment).

Other features include automatic set-up and over the air downloads, handy for these firmware and channel upgrades, an 8-day electronic programme guide, a HDMI and SCART sockets.

Tesco says that it has a low power consumption and bundled a SCART and a HDMI lead plus an aerial cable with it, which again is uncommon for an entry level box.

More than 1.2 million Freeview HD devices have been sold with an increasing number of high end television set including one or even two of them by default.

Freeview HD seems to have the upper hand on Freesat HD, a competing technology that uses satellite signals and is said to offer better coverage.