A dedicated recorder with built-in storage will always offer a better experience compared to either of the above and the T3-R operates at the top end of what the market currently has to offer.
Set Top Box Reviews
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This new, sub £80 set top box from Manhattan follows the Freeview Play specification, meaning it combines access to subscription-free channels available via your aerial, such as BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Dave, with catch-up and on-demand apps including iPlayer, All4, and UKTV Play.
Competing against the Roku and Now TV devices we’ve looked at previously is Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, an update of its previous 4K Fire TV set top box which has been downsized to fit into the increasingly popular ‘stick’ form factor.
Hot on the heels of their NetBox HD and SoundBox HD Freeview Play set top boxes, Netgem has unveiled the NetBox 4K, a brand-new model which adds support for Ultra HD (4K) shows and movies, as well as the ability to record Freview channels.