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Freesat feedback thread - Non Testers: what would you do with an extra £360 a year? You could win a Freesat+ box NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Sep-13 16:44:03

This is the feedback thread for the 15 testers who have received a new Freesat+ TV box and who are currently trying it out in their homes.
Freesat say "Hello. We're freesat. We believe you shouldn't have to pay a monthly subscription to watch and listen to 180 channels of the best comedy, drama, sport, lifestyle, music and news. We offer free HD services from ITV, the BBC and Channel 4; freesat+ to record pause and rewind, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand; and all subscription free."

Freesat launched <freetime> last Autumn which includes a Roll Back TV Guide that allows you to watch programmes you've missed from the previous seven days across 21 channels, a new showcase section providing top TV picks chosen daily by Freesat's reviewers, on-demand services and enhanced recordings.

Freesat is a subscription free service and Freesat+ boxes are available to buy from a range of retailers - RRP from £226.

If you're not a tester, Freesat would love to hear from you. An average satellite TV bill (including On Demand services) is around £30 per month, if you could have Freesat what would you with an extra £30 per month (£360 per year). Everyone who adds a comment will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a Freesat Humax box.

Testers: we'll be asking you to add feedback twice - we'd like your first impressions now and in a couple of weeks (or when you're ready) we would like you to answer the follow-up questions.

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

Follow-up questions:
~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

Thanks,

MNHQ

PS: Humax are offering a Mumsnet and Gransnet an exclusive discount code to purchase a 500GB Humax Freesat+ box for £199. Up to 199 MNers and GNers can buy a discounted box using the code FT30

noisytoys Fri 20-Sep-13 17:37:05

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....

~ give your overall impression when it arrived: it was very well packaged (too much parcel tape though took about half an hour to get in the box). Attracted a lot of dust when I first took the protective film off I considered walking round the house with it and waving it around so all the dust in the house would magnet to the box and save on cleaning (I didn't) grin

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?: DH did it because I'm no good with technology. It took him about 10 minutes to have it all set up and he found it very easy.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room: an old style big backed Sharp TV in the living room. It will soon be on a posh new big TV because the freeview box deserves the best grin

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with: it is brilliant. I especially like the series link feature and the ease of use of the remote. I don't like that it cuts out a few times as I turn it on, almost like it tries to recieve a signal but gives up. Every time.

NeatFreak Fri 20-Sep-13 18:42:56

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

I set it up by myself. It was quite straightforward although I hadn't realised it needed to be connected to the internet so I had to buy some powerline adapters.
~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

In main living room

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

We found it fairly easy to use but the epg could be more user friendly as there seem to be lots of ways of doing the same thing. Our dc struggled more with the remote than with the sky remote we had. Best feature is the on demand services. However, one thing that isn't clear is the non freesat mode as there are numerous channels not on the guide but can be found through non freesat then don't work

Overall the savings will outweigh the negatives

lorka Fri 20-Sep-13 18:57:15

With an extra £360 a year I would put it towards a family holiday to have some fun in the sun!! Would love to win a freesat box!! grin

Glitterfairys Fri 20-Sep-13 19:17:25

With an extra £360 I would pay for my nieces and nephews to go on the Polar Bear Express experience at Christmas time . I've just been reading about it and it sounds amazing.

whattodoo Fri 20-Sep-13 19:56:59

With £360 per year, I'd have my oven cleaned every 6 months (£100), a geeky mag subscription for DP (£50?), A zoo subscription for DD (100), a kindle for me.

GobbySadcase Fri 20-Sep-13 20:13:19

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

Much more attractive than the sky + box I have but I agree the shiny finish really does attract dust. Not too keen on the remote, it feels cheap and plasticky and the buttons are too 'clicky' - I much prefer a soft feel button. Also shows finger marks a bit too easily for a family product!

I do like the text display on the front telling you which channel you are on.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

I did it myself, it was very simple to do, took just a matter of minutes. Connecting the satellite feeds and connecting the HDMI and Ethernet. Once you did that the on screen setup was very clear on what you need to do.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

Main sitting room television so the whole family can try it.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

We really liked it. Picture quality is good, especially on the HD channels. I much prefer the format of the TV guide to the sky one.

One thing I did find tricky was working out how to activate subtitles (I'm hearing impaired and it's not a straightforward process).

We like the way you can call up now and next on the screen and scroll down the channels without having to go into the TV guide.

noisytoys Fri 20-Sep-13 20:20:17

There's a button on the bottom of the remote labelled SUB. That activates subtitles instantly.

RubyRR Fri 20-Sep-13 20:29:44

I'd like to get back into going to the gym, it was one of the first things to go when we had to reduce outgoings and I do really miss it.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Fri 20-Sep-13 20:30:10

With an extra £360 a year I would ask my parents to babysit and go away for a couple of nights with DH.
Or maybe we'd just snuggle up at home in front of the tv and save the money for a few years for a family holiday.

GobbySadcase Fri 20-Sep-13 20:34:06

facepalm

Guess who wasn't wearing their glasses?

Wolfcub Fri 20-Sep-13 20:40:34

none tester, if I had an extra 360 per year our family would have six camping weekends away

SevenOnwardsAndUpwards Fri 20-Sep-13 20:46:28

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

Firstly they may want to rethink their choice of courier. Mine was left on my doorstep when I was out, I wouldn't have been very happy if I'd have paid for it! I like the feel and design of the remote, and the channel display on the front.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

DH set it up as I'm not technical. It took him 3 minutes from plugging it in to watching TV, and it was so easy I'm sure I could have managed it myself.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

In the main living room, the only TV we currently own.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

We got worried as it took us a while to find CBeebies which was the only channel the DCs were interested in, it was a lot further down the channel list than I would have expected. It takes a while to start up when first turned on, and I find the text on the EPG a little small, having said that I am already a bit in love with it and that really is the only bad thing I can think to say about it so far.

SevenOnwardsAndUpwards Fri 20-Sep-13 20:47:36

gobby I love your MN name!

littlemonkeychops Fri 20-Sep-13 20:52:59

Hmmm, £360? I'd save it for a couple of years and have a family trip to eurodisney, DDs would be the perfect age :-)

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....

~ give your overall impression when it arrived
Well packaged, nice looking box. Aesthetically pleasing and blends in with our other media devices. Like that it displays the channel we are viewing.
Remote is very cheap looking.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?
Both DH and myself set up, very straightforward. Only issue was logistics of our phone line socket for the wireless router as it is not near our tv. Will have to buy a longer Ethernet lead in next couple of days as it is currently very taut.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
On main tv in lounge

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with
Best feature is ability to pause live tv and record.
Tried to watch a programme on itv player and picture was very fuzzy so will try a different programme but normal channels good picture.

Forgot to add, with regards to the remote, the clicking sounds when scrolling through the TV guide are very annoying!

What would I do with and extra £30/month..... well, I think I'd use it for a monthly date night with DH. We could use the extra to cover the cost of a babysitter (which is what puts us off going out as it adds hugely to the cost).

Although the 'right' answer is probably to spend it on DD, she'd love to have regular horse riding lessons smile

Pascha Fri 20-Sep-13 21:28:59

£360/year would buy approx 500l of heating oil. I would be warm.

Uzma01 Fri 20-Sep-13 21:37:28

With an extra £360 I'd ensure I had a monthly pampering session - haven't had any in a while & am feeling all achey.

sharond101 Fri 20-Sep-13 21:58:27

I'd hire a cleaner so I had more time to spend with DS.

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 20-Sep-13 21:59:50

£30 a month would go towards a cleaner. I've had to increase my working hours and the house is suffering. I reckon a fortnightly big clean would help me keep on top of it.

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 20-Sep-13 22:00:27

Great minds Sharon smile

LaVitaBellissima Fri 20-Sep-13 22:06:33

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

The box is bigger and shinier than my virgin box, but smart looking.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

We had a great engineer, we had a Satalite dish already but were sure if it worked as we haven't used it in a few years and have had work done on the house. The engineer was fab, installed everything quickly, explained how to use the channels, highlighted all the things he though was good about Freesat for example that if you click on a channel it will ask you if you want to watch the hd version.
I was also amazed at the picture on my tv, we were using virgin multi room but the virgin 2nd box isn't hd enabled, whereas the Freesat box is - amazing picture!

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

It is in our bedroom, I contacted virgin after I'd found I'd won this but our contract is actually 18 months not 12 so I have put it in our bedroom and am now going to cancel the multi room that will save us £120 a year even if we keep virgin as our main provider. It needs a bit more testing to see if I can give up all he other channels.

kateandme Fri 20-Sep-13 22:07:30

with £360 extra a year i would give it to my family becasue times are pinched and it would make a difference for them to have a few extra pennies

manfalou Fri 20-Sep-13 22:09:30

An extra £30 a month would go into a pot and put towards a lovely family holiday on home turf the following year. Would pay for a week in Center parks in March!

hjmiller Sat 21-Sep-13 06:26:41

For an extra £360 a year I'd take my little family on a weekend break to a lovely little cabin in the woods.

Does anyone know how to get rid of the time displaying in bottom right corner? I didn't notice it yesterday so not sure if dh has pressed something?!

Theincidental Sat 21-Sep-13 08:20:04

I would save an extra £360 for emergencies. That's a reasonable sum of cash.

Non-tester:
If I had £360 spare, I would book a little family holiday on the coast. As a family we have had a really bad two years and have been through a lot and our children have really been through so much, all beyond our control. I would love to have a seaside holiday simply as I think we all deserve a break after all this.

with an extra 360 pound I would finally start learning how to drive as its currently a distant possibility

gazzalw Sun 22-Sep-13 10:08:34

Non-tester:

With that amount saved I would either use it towards a holiday or buy myself and DW a really good quality pair of shoes/boots (we don't have car so our feet and shoes get quite a pounding) that will last for years!

UserError Sun 22-Sep-13 10:34:21

Tester here:

Give your overall impression when it arrived:

It was packaged well. The box itself is very shiny and yes, attracts dust, but it looks expensive and well-made. The remote control looks cheap and it's far too clicky when you push the buttons. That was one of the first things we noticed about it. I am the type of person who'll turn off key noises, so I can tell already that long-term, the remote is going to drive me mental.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

We had someone come round to check our cabling as we weren't sure whether the cables had been cut when we had Virgin installed. They hadn't, but the man who came round installed it for us. He was really friendly and it was done very quickly.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

The FreeSat box is on our main TV in our living room. Our Virgin TiVo box is also there. We've bought a HDMI switch to flick between the two for a proper comparison, as our TV doesn't have enough HDMI ports for the PS3 (DP is a gamer), Virgin TiVo and the FreeSat box.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it

DP used it first, as he seems to think that it's his right to have first access to any new gadgets. Fool. He especially likes the small preview screen that appears in the top right corner, so you can continue watching the channel when you're browsing the menu. He was very impressed with the way there is no 'flicker' when you go back to watching the channel on full screen and that the transition between menu/preview screen and full screen is seamless.

- what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

We've not struggled with anything so far. I've deliberately not read the instructions to give it a real 'Let's see how easy this is' test. It's very straightforward. Comparing it to the Virgin TiVo box, I like that there aren't endless steps you have to click through to actually do something.

Give your overall impression when it arrived - Unfortunately, my first impressions were poor as I was sent two boxes that didn't work! I have to say though - customer services were excellent even when they didn't know I was a tester, and on my second call with my second box, we managed to sort it out.

The look of the box is really nice, but like others have said it's a proper dust magnet as it's so glossy. It's very sleek looking and the lack of buttons on the front make it look streamlined.

Describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box? We didn't have a satellite dish so the man who came to install the dish was going to install the box, but it wasn't working. The new box came the next day when I was on my own, and I was worried about setting it up on my own, but it was really simple with step by step instructions on screen. I don't think it could have been easier.

Tell us which TV is it on/ in which room - It's on a smallish flat screen TV in the front room. We don't tend to use the front room and all congregate in the sitting room at the back of the house (sounds much grander than it actually is grin ), but since we've had the new box, we're in the front room each evening.

share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with I haven't struggled with anything to be honest - we've all found it easy to use.
We already have Virgin, so are used to the catch up services and this is what I would most struggle without, but this is even better! The programmes I like I have set up on series link so I never miss an episode - I can just delete it if I see it, and I'm not tied to just a few channels on the catch up services, but if I see something recommended that I hadn't seen originally I can use them then. It's like the best of both.
I love pausing and rewinding TV too - I've been doing this just for my own amusement, but I can see how handy it would be.
My children love it too - they're into the gadgety side of it and are enjoying exploring (and recording their rubbish shows!)
DP is enjoying the extra channels we have - especially the CBS ones with Star Trek

Overall very positive impressions here!

mindingalongtime Sun 22-Sep-13 14:06:44

Freesat is something I have seriously been considering over the last couple of weeks. I think for the amount of TV DH and I watch, probably less than an hour a day, Sky is costing a fortune, and that's without any Sport (it's not something we watch on TV)

The thought of removing the Sky box terrifies me, what do we have instead? I'm not even sure how the TV would work without it! We also have Sky HD in the bedroom.

I'd invest in a new television or PVR so we could still record University Challenge and Downton, but i'm sure we could watch them on some form of catch up!

TV is moving too fast for me, I can't keep up with the developments, so go simple and get rid of it all. With £360+saved, perhaps I'd get an iPad for the minded children to use, take photos on, play games, learn letters and have fun!

aristocat Sun 22-Sep-13 15:37:54

Non-tester!

I would use £360 to pay for a weekend away for myself and my family.

GetKnitted Sun 22-Sep-13 21:03:26

I would purchase a nexus, no competition smile

Tinlegs Sun 22-Sep-13 21:08:37

£360 would buy us a big night out as a couple and the rest I would send to my Mum as Internet shopping. We can't afford to help her as much as we would like and she only has a state pension. £300 would give her little treats every few days for a year.

BetterWithCheese Sun 22-Sep-13 21:17:16

I'm another one that would put it towards a cleaner. With both of us working full-time our house is a tip sad. Will look into Freesat next year when virgin contract is up.

Lent1l Mon 23-Sep-13 11:22:27

With an extra £30 a month I would start saving for my second child. Once they come along (next May) it would go into Premium Bonds for them in the hope that that little bit each month could turn into something much bigger and provide for us all - I dream the mortgage free dream, one day it will be a reality and I hope I'm still young enough to enjoy it!!

nowthenmardybum Mon 23-Sep-13 11:49:15

with an extra £360 a year we could have a family day out each month. any leftovers would go into DD's piggy bank!

ShatnersBassoon Mon 23-Sep-13 12:09:43

I'd put £360 per year into Premium Bonds.

daimbardiva Mon 23-Sep-13 12:16:32

If I had an extra £360 a year, I'd employ a cleaner - I've just started working an extra day a week, and am struggling even more than usual with housework!!!

WowOoo Mon 23-Sep-13 13:07:23

Non tester.

If I had an extra £360 a year I'd save it towards a holiday, a nice weekend break in the UK would do me.

Non tester

For the first £360 I would pay a data retrieval company to try and recover the dd's baby photos from a damaged external hard drive. With the following years I would buy a really nice camera to record our 'best bits' and have some fun.

CheeryCherry Mon 23-Sep-13 14:02:25

Ii I had that spare cash I would treat us all to a weekend break somewhere as luxurious as possible, we are having a hard time at the moment and a short time away would be break from all the stress.

pickofthepops Mon 23-Sep-13 14:16:23

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

I love the box - it is by far the smallest and sleekest tv box I have had. no problems with static here.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

I set the Freesat up myself; took 10 mins absolute max. a doddle. I was concerned that because I didn't set up the broadband connection initially that I'd have problems after, but I didn't. I did this piece the next day and again, easy peasy. iplayer added, which we're thrilled about. I'm not a technophobe and do have a tendency to plough ahead with technology - but i'm sure this would be easy for anyone -

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

on the family television in the lounge.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

we all love it. have recorded, played back; set series link, used iplayer - seemless compared to our old bt vision which buffered and booted us out constantly. also like the tv guide. haven't yet gone back up to a week to watch something that way. going to try that next.

Follow-up questions:
~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?
no time at all.

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

he is five, so working on this. we've been without television since end of april so balancing watching this with not creating a pattern of it being constantly on in background.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?

some old favourites - cheesy stuff from the channels like itv 2 - second thoughts and faith in the future. just quick 1/2 hour progs which i stick on when doing the ironing. also the radio and some of the progs I've wanted to see in the week but missed on iplayer, like the miranda meets bruce programme.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

live tv and on demand. really looking forward to watching 7 day catch up. will come back and post about that soon.

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

my husband - he's thrilled - stays up late catching up on his favourites and has series linked match of the day which he has missed very much.

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

catching up and just getting away from the same old dvd's we've had on through the long! summer holidays. now looking forward to seeing some of the stuff we've heard people raving about - and the radio - excellent choice of channels through freesat

thanks again mumsnet!

themummyonthebus Mon 23-Sep-13 15:00:04

I would pay for my dm and ddad to come and visit us with an extra £360.

Heath27 Mon 23-Sep-13 15:13:21

With an extra £360 a year we could have a couple of night away with the kids in December to see xmas lights

Belo Mon 23-Sep-13 15:15:24

That works out at £30 a month. That would pay for a babysitter once a month for me to go out with DH.

Non tester - If I had a spare £360 a year I would I would pay £60 each in to my 6 kids bank accounts. There's never enough spare to do it regularly sad

Steffanoid Mon 23-Sep-13 16:09:12

with 360 pounds we'd be able to afford the petrol and over night stay to visit my neice for her first birthday and afford a good present alas we're picking between the trip there and expenses or tyres for the car, the car wins outright

WaxyBean Mon 23-Sep-13 16:24:14

Incredibly boring I know but if I had an extra £360 a year, I'd save it for my kids' futures. It's one of the things I feel really guilty about not having enough money to do.

Bubbles85 Mon 23-Sep-13 18:48:08

Oooh an extra £360 would allow me to buy all the cute baby clothes that I usually have to say no to!

schilke Mon 23-Sep-13 21:34:19

Non tester here - I'd put £360 towards a little holiday for dh & I.

yegodsandlittlefishes Tue 24-Sep-13 12:15:21

Non tester. With an extra £360 a year, I'd like to buy a really good camera at last.

k8vincent Tue 24-Sep-13 13:45:04

With that extra £30 a month I would take the kids to the sat am cinema and let them buy pick and mix . . . it costs a fortune.

RubySparks Tue 24-Sep-13 20:59:41

Hmmm I'm sure this is really wrong of me but I'd buy a lottery ticket every day for a year and cross my fingers!

stephgr Wed 25-Sep-13 01:59:01

I'm not a tester but if I had an extra £360 a year I would spend it on a weekend break for my mum and dad because they've helped us so much.

snowballinafryingpan Wed 25-Sep-13 10:51:46

give your overall impression when it arrived -

Well, I must admit to being just a little bit excited so to be honest if it had turned up dripping in marsh slime I would still have embraced it's sleek and shiny curves. I had nothing to compare the box too, never having had an on demand service or gone out of my way to look at what was on offer. So to us it looks just fine, sits unobtrusively with everything else, all very sleek and modern.

describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box? -

The engineers installed the dish, they were concerned about the trees next door but managed to get a good signal and installed everything quickly. They commented on how easy Freestat is to install compared to other services and showed me how it all worked, controls etc.
I was a bit worried about linking the box to the internet as our router is in another room. I bought a pair of homeplug adapters, one in the front room linking the box and one in the kitchen linking the router and it works perfectly.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

It is installed in our living room.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

The most important thing is that for the first time in ages we have access to all channels, digital signal here is dire, so to have itv, ch4 etc is brill.
Picture quality is superb, love the fact that I can pause, rewind and record so easily and that we have HD, didn't know our tv was HD ready. We have to press 101, 102 etc to get BBC1, 2 etc which is the only real complaint anyone has had. Ds did comment that it would be handy if programmes were grouped in sections such as kids programmes, all together in a easier index type section but I think the 'home' section might allow us to do that, yet to fully explore that bit.

Follow-up questions:
~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

It didn't take long at all, despite us being newbies. The remote is easy to use. Did have a problem with the lip sync in HD for a while though but the settings are easy to navigate and sort out.

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Ds took to it easily but being a tween he would. he has recorded surf programmes and used Youtube which he was chuffed about.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?

Catching up on Corrie, programmes in HD and very bizarre American cookery programmes.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

On demand is the favourite feature, we used to access iplayer through the wii box but it was so hit and miss we gave up. On demand has not buffered or faltered once.

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

That's probably me, for all the above things.

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

Catching up on missed programmes is a good feature, like the fact that you can record whole series. It is simple and easy to use all functions, so we use them, unlike the dvd recorder which we have never managed to successfully record anything on ever...

beeelaine Wed 25-Sep-13 12:39:35

wow with an extra £360 a year, thats about £30 a month - if the fuel bills can finally stop going up then I would love to spend that on luxury food for Christmas, Easter and Birthdays and Special Occasions so the whole family could enjoy it!

LaVitaBellissima Wed 25-Sep-13 16:31:10

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

We got the hang of it really quickly, I like the way it works.

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

My children have found some new programmes that they enjoy watching like scaredy squirrel! They are nearly 3 so still don't really use the remote.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?
I had missed the Great British Bake off as I was out on a Tursday night so have loved used I player to watch the series, it is great that it remembers your place too if you turn off so no forwarding to the correct spot.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

I like using on demand and the you tube channel, there are some great educational tools on there like teaching myself to blow dry my hair properly Mr Thorne teaches phonics smile

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

Me blush TV addict!

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

I love that I now have a HD TV as the Freesat box has enabled the HD for the first time, the picture quality is just great. Love catching up and recording series to watch at leisure.

BadlyWrittenPoem Wed 25-Sep-13 16:31:30

With an extra £360/year I would overpay my mortgage. Then in 16 years time it would be paid off four years early.

Chulita Wed 25-Sep-13 19:27:35

With an extra £360/year I would pay off the car quicker so we can be debt-free and not have to think about it every month.

sealight123 Wed 25-Sep-13 20:50:39

£360 extra a year...an extra mini family day out a month

I know it sounds pretty lame compared to what some people would do with their money but we love going to new places as a family

Museums, farms, big family walks with a posh picnic or even just a nice family meal....it's all about family...it's all about the memories smile

O and more cake...cake is always good

tinypumpkin Thu 26-Sep-13 16:31:09

Non-tester here (sadly!) I would so love Freesat smile I would go out for a meal with the family personally with a spare £30 per month.

racingheart Thu 26-Sep-13 19:47:48

With an extra £360 per year I'd add a weekend break abroad for the family. Could just about squeeze us an overnight in Paris, Barcelona, Venice or Amsterdam with cheap flights. Or a weekend in the UK staying at a gorgeous B&B.

katiewalters Thu 26-Sep-13 20:31:51

With my extra £30 a month I would split it between my two children and put it in their bank accounts

majjsu Thu 26-Sep-13 20:40:27

As a non tester, I would love an extra 30 pounds a month. I would use it for treats ie a family meal out, magazines for my LO and I...

Spirael Fri 27-Sep-13 09:40:31

Non Tester.

I'm another one that would put that amount of money towards having a cleaner. Means we'd actually be able to do something at weekends aside from clean the house, and potentially have time to watch more TV. wink

nerysw Fri 27-Sep-13 09:47:55

Non tester -- Extra cash would be super handy to spend on a break away somewhere for the family, a weekend of fun!

isitme1 Fri 27-Sep-13 10:10:16

With an extra £360 a year I would be able to take ds1 to see the gastro specialist at GOSH. Its £250 for the appointment and the rest getting up there with 2 dc.
Nhs are way too slow in sorting things out

PostBellumBugsy Fri 27-Sep-13 13:20:35

Non-tester

With £360, I would use £300 to take the DC to a hotel with an indoor pool in the UK for a night or two over half-term.

With the remaining £60, I'd organise a really lovely meal for my Mum & Dad to have at their home, as they can't get out and about anymore.

asuwere Fri 27-Sep-13 13:34:26

with an extra £360, I would have a family holiday.

SleeplessInBedfordshire Fri 27-Sep-13 14:02:08

Non tester - with £360 a year I would buy new clothes as they've been low down on my priority list for too long.

Nerfmother Fri 27-Sep-13 14:26:39

An extra £360 each year? I would put 30 pcm into morrissions or tescos or whatever stamps and then use them for Christmas.
Before she died my lovely granny did this for me and we went and bought such exciting cakes and crackers that we wouldn't normally get - dh and I both chose a nice bottle of wine. The kids all chose a really cool Christmas treat food - snow man cake/ party poppers etc. Sadly she died the year she started it, so my granddad kept it up and then gave it to me just before xmas. Welling up thinking about it!

DifferentNow Fri 27-Sep-13 16:09:26

Non tester.

If I had an extra £360, I would get the big ugly damp patch

DifferentNow Fri 27-Sep-13 16:11:19

I would not buy a big ugly damp patch if I had £360 grin. I might however get the one I've already got fixed though.

mummyofcutetwo Fri 27-Sep-13 18:30:44

I'm a non-tester

If I had an extra £360 a year I'd annual membership to National Trust and a few local organisations (e.g. aquarium) so the family always has plenty of places to go to when times are tough.

Or I'd take the family to Legoland for a couple of days.

Ramblings Fri 27-Sep-13 18:34:29

Non tester

I'd put the money towards swimming lessons for the children

RachelHRD Fri 27-Sep-13 18:51:00

Non tester. I'd use the extra £360 for a few family days out to Chessington and Legoland and maybe a few bottles of wine for DH and I....... ;-)

Raahh Fri 27-Sep-13 21:53:18

Non-tester

With a spare £360 a year, I'd finally get a haircut, and pay for a year's car tax instead of 6 months at a time so I didn't have to worry about it.

And I would re-new the passports- just in casegrin

So next year's £360 could be saved towards a holiday....

pickofthepops Fri 27-Sep-13 22:52:52

Tester .. Still got to find the catch up on a week. Unsure if this is separate from bbc iplayer and itv player .. Will investigate and update. Still v happy ESP with appearance of lurvely glossy box. And reliability of functions .. It just works so smoothly .. A billion times improvement on bt vision

Pick I think you just scroll left from the TV guide screen so it brings up shows you have missed that day, then the day before etc.
I think that's what you mean?
I've not had to use it much tbh because of the ability to record which I love!

snowballinafryingpan Sat 28-Sep-13 10:55:35

I think that's right too with the scroll to the left thing.

I finally got around to reading the instruction book, it sort of memorises things on a 2 hour loop, so if you realised that something you had wanted to watch has nearly finished you can press record and it will record it from the start. That is a pretty cool feature and acts as a mini iplayer facility for other channels.

Not a tester... But what would I do with an extra £360 a year?

It'd probably get swallowed up to pay other bills I'm afraid but it would definitely be one less bill to worry about!

poachedeggs Sat 28-Sep-13 21:25:28

£360 a year would be £360 a year less debt, woohoo!

£30 a month would be lovely actually, I'd probably spend it on wine and chocolate. Or save it up all year and do some work to the house.

DollyTwat Sat 28-Sep-13 23:30:44

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

It was a bit confusing as the engineer called to book an appt and I assumed he has the box. Which he didn't, so had to wait for it to arrive before booking. It was very well packaged, looks very smart and shiney.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

I think the engineer must have set it up, as he said he was finished and it worked! It took a bit of getting used to after the Sky box, but it all seems easy enough. I am used to setting stuff up though

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

It's in the bedroom

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

We like it, the dc were very apprehensive about it replacing the Sky box (which we still have). We're so used to the pause live tv and recording functions that this was essential to us to think about replacing the Sky box. It has lots of channel which is great. The dc were disappointed at the loss of some of their favourites, the Comedy Channel was a big loss.
I quite like the channels available, and have found that I only really watch the big 5 anyway and the news channels so it's the dc that are the ones who notice any missing.

Punkatheart Sun 29-Sep-13 08:05:43

A gardener.

MikeLitoris Sun 29-Sep-13 08:09:30

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box? I set it up. Very easy.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room. Main tv, in the living room.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with. First impressions were good. Being able to pause is the best feature. Especially with young dc.

MikeLitoris Sun 29-Sep-13 08:20:26

Follow-up questions:~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat? It was pretty simple. Took a few minutes to get to grips with it.

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it? Ds (12yo)has free view so he got it straight away. Dd was finding her way around it in minutes too.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far? I've only really watched the soaps so far.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up. I've only watched live tv. Ds has watched some stuff on demand.

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most? Ds

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time? As a sky user I dont think I would say I found it useful for anything in particular, no more so than any other tv.

manyhands Sun 29-Sep-13 08:50:00

I'd take my kids to swimming lessons again.

Lilyloo Sun 29-Sep-13 08:52:48

I would use it to put towards a very expensive school trip that d's wants to go on in 2015.

Patilla Sun 29-Sep-13 13:37:13

Non tester here - I'd use an extra £360 a year to give us a family treat once a month that gave us time together whether it was a day out somewhere, a meal out together or even a day in our home city pootling together and coming home for a film together.

DoItTooJulia Sun 29-Sep-13 17:43:36

Oh, an extra £30 a month is a lot!

I'd but the kids new books. Better than the tele anyway!

With an extra £360 a year I would pay someone to do my ironing.

bluebump Sun 29-Sep-13 21:27:15

£360 extra a year would be brilliant. I would put it towards a new sofa that we desperately need or just save it to put towards a holiday or some nice days out over the year for my DS.

mrscog Sun 29-Sep-13 22:04:52

Non tester, I think £360 per year would be our holiday spending money sorted so we could really enjoy holidays without worrying about over spending all the time!

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 29-Sep-13 22:12:11

I'm a non-tester, sadly. With an extra £360 per year I'd pay for DS to have a course of one-to-one swimming lessons as he's scared of water sad, group lessons didn't help him and one-to-one would do him the world of good, I think. I'd use the rest on days out for DS and my parents (they do lots for us and do my wraparound childcare while I'm at work), and would also be able to give DS a birthday party each year, which he'd love.

It's a lot of money to save each year smile.

daisybrown Sun 29-Sep-13 23:38:51

Put it towards a short break to Disneyland Paris.

With an extra £360 a year I would take my kids on holiday.

janelb83 Mon 30-Sep-13 10:29:48

i would put it in a savings account for my son to access when hes 18 x

Non tester - I'd use £360 to buy flights to Ireland so we could visit Nanny & Granddad as they always come to us!

MrsAJB Mon 30-Sep-13 12:31:18

Non tester.
If i were to win, my DS would have a very memorable Christmas and I would have a stress free run up to the dreaded time of year, knowing that it was all covered.
Incidentally, we ended our decade long subscription with Sky in favour of a freesat box in August as we couldn't justify paying £80 a month!!!! Best decision we've made in a long time!

darkdays Mon 30-Sep-13 13:04:27

I would put it towards learning to drive, so my babies can get out of the horrible city more [from]

lifeishunkydory Mon 30-Sep-13 14:07:32

~ give your overall impression when it arrived
I must be very fussy as I can see other testers loved it but I didn't fing the box asthetically pleasing, I dislike the shape and the shiney material made it look cheap. I agree with all the testers who said the "clicking" of the remote is off putting, so overall I would not have bought this product, I fail to see why such a large box is needed, I much prefer slimline electricals that are easily hidden.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?
I set the box up myself. Setting up the box was straightforward and needed no instructions. However my satalite dish needed moving as the tree across the road has grown a lot since I last used it and it was blocking the signal. The engineer was efficient and arrived promptyly.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
It is on a Samsung smart lcd TV in our mainr living room.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with
I have found it easy to use, picture quality is great and we have enjoyed being able to record in HD, particularly from the BBC red button service, which often has sports events on that we enjoy. I don't feel that the range of channels is great, would like some better quality childrens ones, but obviously disney etc will never be free to air! We have used it for a quick connection to you tube and that has worked well. I have struggled to set a parental lock on it, eveytime I think it is set it disappears the next time we turn the box on.

Catnap26 Mon 30-Sep-13 15:33:38

With an extra £360 a year I would pay to have Christmas dinner on Christmas Day for me and my family in our local restaurant.

Follow up questions:
How long did it take you to understand Freesat:
Not long for the basics but still trying to work out the full abilities of the freesat box. Not as much time to watch tv as I would like to with a small baby.
Has your child used freesat:
No as he is still a baby but he enjoys looking at the shiny box and he likes the remote too (I still don't)
Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching?
I'm enjoying being able to record the soaps and watch back when ds is in bed. I am also now able to enjoy X factor and SCD as I can record or pause if required
Which of the following services have you enjoyed most so far?
Not been able to use all the services yet, mostly live tv with pause and record. Tried on demand and the picture wasn't great quality so need to try a few more shows/on demand channels to see if the same.
Who in your family has used the freesat box the most?
Probably me.
What have you found freesat most useful for?
Catching up on shows I've missed and the ability to record.
Overall very happy so far...

Pinky30 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:07:25

With an extra 360 a year I would take my 2 daughters to peppa pig world, my eldest would love to go there and I would love to see the look on her face if I could, it's one of my many wishes.

HereIsMee Mon 30-Sep-13 21:17:44

I'd throw a party to thank every single person who helped me home educate DS 16 over the past 8 years. :-)

Firewall Mon 30-Sep-13 23:17:11

£360 would pay for a great Christmas and a short break! smile

lagoonhaze Tue 01-Oct-13 15:37:57

£30 a month - family treat once a month/every six weeks. Something like cinema, bowling or swimming. Nothing grande. Although in reality it would probably get swallowed up with cost of living/pay freeze!

Beauchamp Tue 01-Oct-13 16:28:50

Non-tester I'd pay out £226 but expect the box to last at least three years. So, that's £6ish per month. then with the other £24, I'd buy the fastest broadband in existence(!) and a tablet to stream iplayer/youtube type content to my TV.
So, I'd have something much better overall for a little less money!

idleweiss Tue 01-Oct-13 17:20:07

i would spend an extra £360 a year on essentials for my LOs, may it be for nappies, new shoes, clothes, medicines or the occasional treat. I would spend it all on them! smile

idleweiss Tue 01-Oct-13 17:21:04

opps forgot to say i am a non-tester! smile

DeclutterQueen Tue 01-Oct-13 19:16:54

Ooh! An extra £360 would be amazing. Haven't had a holiday in getting on for 6 years so that would be nice. Or maybe 1 takeaway plus a meal out with friends a month. Yum yum!

UserError Tue 01-Oct-13 19:57:11

Tester here - just checking in to say I got the Mumsnet e-mail asking for follow-up feedback, but I'm not ready yet as GTA 5 came out and the TV has been commandeered by DP.

I'm going to kick him off it so I can watch TV again and will have feedback for you in a few days, if that is ok?

Sadie204 Tue 01-Oct-13 21:27:07

Non tester ~ With an extra £30 a mth I would be able to treat my kids to more days out and maybe even save up to go on holiday, something my 2 youngest have never had! I would also be able to buy everything we need for our new arrival due feb without worrying about the pennies smile

xxxkadzxxx Tue 01-Oct-13 22:20:41

I would put it towards a holiday for my family smile

noisytoys Tue 01-Oct-13 22:30:18

Follow-up questions:
~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat? A few days. It was very simple. I didn't read the instructions though - would be within a day if I read the instructions

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it? My 5yo DD understood how to use it quicker than I did

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?
I enjoy watching the regular programs but at a time that suits me.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up. DH uses on demand all the time

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most? DH and DD

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time? Definitely catching up on shows I missed. We are such a busy family we never watch TV live.

How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?
Not very long at all - I read the instructions and it was all very simple. I find it quite intuitive.

Have your children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it? They've used it - they got used to it much quicker than me, and without reading instructions too.

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far? We're enjoying the Food Network - we like the cake baking programmes.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
7 day catch up is great - really useful and something I hadn't got with Virgin. On demand is a great service too and I'm still impressed by pausing and rewinding live TV.

Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most? Me blush

What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?
Finding something to watch to pass the time - I'm still getting used to the new channels and enjoying programmes I've not seen before.
By far my favourite feature is recording onto the box - There are shows, like Family Guy & American Dad, that can't be shown on iPlayer but I can record. I've recorded my favourite Frasier episodes and been able to keep them to watch again. Recording 2 shows at the same time and watching an older recording is great and I now have a small collection of movies for rainy days stored on the memory too.

Fab!

DollyTwat Wed 02-Oct-13 16:50:10

How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?
Not very long very intuitive

Have your children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it? They use it more than me. They were telling me how it worked

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far? I tend to stick to the big 5 channels but have enjoyed some others too

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
We use the live tv pause a lot.
On demand tv is really good

Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most? The children

What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed?
We've used it much like the sky box which is great as it will be a good replacement. We pause, record shoes and series
Fab really like it

knightonian Wed 02-Oct-13 17:14:16

If I had £360 I should do something philanthropic bringing a smile to someone else's face.

I Might also buy a few bags of chocolate

I would love to win then I could ditch the sky

HappyMummyOfOne Wed 02-Oct-13 20:21:13

Testers: we'll be asking you to add feedback twice - we'd like your first impressions now and in a couple of weeks (or when you're ready) we would like you to answer the follow-up questions.

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....

~ give your overall impression when it arrived - the unit is sleek, easy on the eye and a decent size to pop in the cupboard.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box? -DH installed the box and wires within minutes and the gentleman fron the company did the sky dish wiring last week. Less than half n hour later it was up and running.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room - its in the main tv in the lounge

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with - the recording facility is great as not something we have with sky, its nice to be able to watch shows when convenient rather than when actually on.

Follow-up questions:
~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat? - barely any time, not yet read the user guide but not need to as the menus guide you through.

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it? - yes! Noticed a show set to record that DS has set and he easily can get to the menus and see old recordings.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far? - only had for a week as needed to be home for instalation, recorded some films to watch over weekend and seen bits of general tv.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up - not yet used but plan to try the bbc iplayer as its something i use often on my ipad when its strictly season!

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most? Me so far but now that DS has discovered I think he may over take us.

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass the time?- recording and catch up as not a feature we currently have.

AndHarry Thu 03-Oct-13 12:24:02

Non-tester.

I'd use an extra £360 a year to go camping for a week. We have short camping weekends but it would be lovely to go for longer.

GobbySadcase Thu 03-Oct-13 15:46:59

Follow-up questions:
~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

Pretty much straight away - previous use of sky box was very helpful! However some things are not immediately apparent ie how to set a series link. Once you've got the hang of it all very easy, though.

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Yes, they seemed to get to grips with it straight away as they weren't using record or the more complex features.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?
Soaps, I have a series link set up for them * slight embarrassment *
~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

Have tried all 3. On demand is probably the stature I've got most out of, though.

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

Me (v embarrassed)

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

Soaps series link as earlier. I can never sit down and watch stuff when it's actually on due to kids' care needs so find the ability to record and watch later or watch on catchup/on demand particularly invaluable smile

Willemdefoeismine Thu 03-Oct-13 17:44:32

I think I would spend it on various pampering sessions for myself and DP. We always prioritise the children. However, both DP and I seem to be turning into old crocs and some serious pampering would be most welcome and is very much needed!

ShelaghGunn Thu 03-Oct-13 22:11:33

I'm a non-tester: If I had an extra £360 a year i'd pay for fortnightly piano lessons for my daughter as she already plays the violin and I can't afford to pay for any more lessons!

amazinggrace2001 Fri 04-Oct-13 10:43:00

With an extra £360 a year I would use it to buy some decent shoes for the four of us.Usually buy really cheap ones that fall to bits.

rupert23 Fri 04-Oct-13 11:08:31

£360 pounds a year would be put towards taking the kids on a camping trip which they would love and spending some great outdoor family time together

cashmiriana Fri 04-Oct-13 16:33:10

An extra £360 a year would pay for us to have a holiday - there are so many places in the UK we'd love to visit if we could afford to.

TheFallenNinja Fri 04-Oct-13 16:58:50

£360 per year = 1 formula 1 race

BadMissM Sat 05-Oct-13 00:19:22

What would I do with an extra £360? I would put it to making Christmas something really special for my family every year. £360 in our house would go a long way towards buying presents and food and making it a really jolly celebration. Especially this year, as to add to me losing my job, and a new baby, DH has now lost his job too......

beepoff Sat 05-Oct-13 09:31:19

Non tester here. I'd use the money so DH and I could afford to have a week's unpaid leave from work to spend with our gorgeous DS. Both of us are offered it but we can't justify taking it at the moment.

hambis Sat 05-Oct-13 10:02:11

£360- would buy me 15 (ish) driving lessons and I might actually be able to pass my test!!
That would make such a difference in my sons and my life....

pickofthepops Sat 05-Oct-13 11:33:29

a follow up as I realise I answered these immediately rather than after 'settling in'

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

still absolutely easy - just not 100% sure on the freetime and watching something that was on in last week. i can see how to scroll back but not sure if it just plays through iplayer or some other way. have misplaced manual and not had time to delve - am sure is v easy

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

hmm not really in a place where ds age 5 watches it on his own yet. he operates the dvd though so sure he will be keen to learn this.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?

got back into eastenders, and just normal live tv. like the box set feature

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

as above - not sure about the 7 day catch up.

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

me and dh - just acclimatising to tv again after months without

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

would love to 'pass time' but really catching up on missed shows, cbeebies bedtime story

and love the look of it still. definitely a convert. and it will come into its own now with dr who and the run up to xmas

ataraxia Sat 05-Oct-13 12:21:44

non-tester: With an extra £30 per month disposable income I'd put it towards family tree research - at the moment it's hard to justify £10 per birth/death/marriage certificate but it would be really interesting to have the extra information they provide

hunhun007 Sat 05-Oct-13 17:11:04

Non Testers: what would you do with an extra £360 a year?
I think short weekend away would be out first choice or few days out. Most our "spare" money are spend this way.

ChocolateMama Sun 06-Oct-13 19:12:04

With an extra £360 I would buy a secondhand piano for the children to practice on and with the rest (hopefully!) buy myself a new winter coat.

greathat Sun 06-Oct-13 20:27:02

After the other thread. I'd hire a cleaner!

VeeAndTea Mon 07-Oct-13 16:16:48

I'd just use it to make my day to day life a bit easier, itd be nice to not have to juggle our finances.

IncaAztec Tue 08-Oct-13 10:41:12

With an extra £30 per month, I would probably enrol in a decent gym with pool (and a spa!). Looking at it as £360 per year, I would have a nice short break somewhere posh for the 2 of us!

NeatFreak Tue 08-Oct-13 12:23:05

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
My dc are 9 and 5. The older one Sussex it straight away but the younger one is still learning!

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?
Childrens programmes mainly

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
Live tv mainly as the internet speed hasn't been great for on demand

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?
Children

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?
Catching up on programmes I've missed whilst feeding or settling the baby during the evenings

WeAreEternal Tue 08-Oct-13 12:42:08

give your overall impression when it arrived

Not impressed with the delivery, at all.
But the box is great, it looks very stylish, it has a much sleeker, smarter design than other satellite/cable boxes I have seen.
I also really like the digital display on the front.

describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?

I set up the box myself. It was incredibly easy to set up, it's literally just plug it in, and follow the setup steps. I was very impressed with how easy it was.

tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

It is on our main tv, in the living room.

share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with.

I love the way the planner is set up, it is much easier to navigate than sky, being able to scroll back for the catch ups is very convenient.
I love being able to record programs and fast forwarding adverts is amazing, I have taken to pausing the beginning of a program for a while so that I can FF past the ads.

DS was very impressed with the kids channels.

And we were generally very surprised and impressed with the amount of channels that are available.

SevenOnwardsAndUpwards Tue 08-Oct-13 13:15:56

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?
Not long at all really, it's very easy to use and understand, though it took me a while to find the home button for the easiest way to get to the on demand services should have read the instructions

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
No because DD1 has a habit of breaking the battery covers on remotes and I know 5yo DS will leave it laying around.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?
X factor and GBBO, and the DCs love Octonauts which we watch a lot on the Iplayer.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
Most enjoyed on-demand services, Octonauts is usually on at tea time so they watch it after. I love being able to pause and rewind live TV, I usually switch it onto ITV before X factor and turn TV off, then rewind it when I'm ready after the DCs have gone to bed, it's always after 8 but before 9 so I don't have to wait for ITV+1.

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?
Probably me

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?
Definitely entertaining the DCs when there's something on CBeebies they don't want to watch, and catching up on GBBO when I've missed it.

CousinArnold Tue 08-Oct-13 15:03:18

Completely unoriginal choice, but the extra £360 would go towards a family holiday!

lews Wed 09-Oct-13 09:56:12

Riding lessons for my daughter. She's been begging for about 3 years!

Wannabestepfordwife Wed 09-Oct-13 15:03:52

Extra £360 either go and mine and dp's first holiday together- have a house and dd together but never a holiday.

Or new carpets have used a carpet cleaner countless times and there are still make-up and poo stains from the previous owner

UserError Wed 09-Oct-13 23:50:12

Follow-up questions:
~ How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

Not long at all - pretty much immediately. We certainly haven't discovered any new functions through using it that we weren't aware of within minutes of setting it up.

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Nope - our DS is three, so it's a bit beyond him.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?

Mock the Week and Match of the Day - the sort of things we'd usually watch. It has been nice having CNN and CNBC news channels for a bit of variety too.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

7 day catch up - it's really easy to use and we're rubbish at remembering to set things to record. Case in point, just now 'Oh crap, Homeland was back on this Sunday'. Not a problem - we'll use the 7 day catch-up and watch it tomorrow.

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

A mix between me and DS.

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

Definitely for catching up on shows we've missed and for normal, everyday viewing.

MoogDroog Thu 10-Oct-13 10:11:48

An extra £360 a year? I'd put a bit towards the credit card bill and a bit into a child trust fund for DD, to try and match DS's (he benefited from the money the government used to give out, she didn't)

sc00ter Thu 10-Oct-13 13:29:20

With an extra £30 per month we would either go on a family bowling night or a movie evening once per month that would help keep us all sane. smile

aliciaflorrick Fri 11-Oct-13 09:05:58

Non-tester here:

An extra £360 a year would make a huge difference to me and when you lay it out in cold hard figures like that it makes me all the more determined to give Sky the boot. The first year I'd use the £360 to buy a Freesat box, because the only thing keeping me with Sky is I can't afford the initial outlay for the new box.

After that, I'd probably put it towards a family day out for me and my DCs, money is tight and we don't have much left over for fun things. One day where we could let our hair down and not have to be aware of how much food would cost in a restaurant or say no to cokes and ice-creams because we've only been able to afford petrol money and entrance fees.

TTCnightmare Sun 13-Oct-13 12:13:07

If I had an extra £30 a month, I'd save it up so we could go on our first family holiday smile

showmethemoneyhoney Sun 13-Oct-13 15:39:08

With an extra £360 I'd treat the DH to a weekend away, just us, to somewhere nice as a thank you for putting up with my terrible moods and stress whilst I've been doing a degree as a mature student.

lifeishunkydory Sun 13-Oct-13 20:44:15

How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?
Not long, it was easy to navigate and find my way around, I have had no problems with the basic use of it.

Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
Children haven't used it on their own as it has more channels I want to ensure they are only watching programmes that I feelare appropriate for them.

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?
Moto GP in HD on the red button channel.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
I have only used it to warch live TV, recorded programmes and BBC iPlayer.

Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?
My husband has used it to watch films on the channel 4 films channel.

What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?
Easy recording and playback, quick to watch on iPlayer and lovefilm.

ckkj Sun 13-Oct-13 21:59:51

I would use £360 towards childcare costs smile

WeAreEternal Sat 19-Oct-13 07:42:44

How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

Not very long, it is a pretty sim

~ Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

~ Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

~ What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

WeAreEternal Sat 19-Oct-13 07:53:26

And we will try that again....

How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?

Not very long, it is a pretty simply set up, although we did have to figure out the catch up thing as we had never used a feature like that before.

Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Yes he loves it, he figured it out fairly quickly, he now know the channel numbers of the children's channels by heart.

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?

Probably xfactor and the soaps, I have never been able to get into them before and I can't commit to sitting down at a specific time on certain days to watch them, but now with catch up and recording I can watch them when I want.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

The demand/catch up is fab, because of that I have been able to get into shows that I would normally have missed or never had chance to watch.

Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?

Probably me.

What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?

Again it's probably just being able to watch programs I would not have been able to watch otherwise.
DS loves the extra children's channels he now has, but I don't really let he watch any more tv than I did before.
I love the box, it's fab (I don't like the remote much though).

Thank you MN.

Justtrying Sat 19-Oct-13 08:00:57

If I had an extra £360 a year I'd use it to have a date night every other month with dh, baby sitter and for us to get out for a few hours chill time. It's not easy to schedule working shifts and money is tight at the moment.

DoctorTwo Sat 19-Oct-13 11:07:35

I have a Freesat box and usually love it, but recently both Aljazeera and RT disappeared from the listings so I've switched back to Freeview to get my fix of news. Life without Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert is unbearable. sad

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-Oct-13 10:43:26

Hi everyone - thanks so much to all the testers who have posted feedback, and to all the non-testers who have posted comments here.

Here's a message from Freesat:
"We’d like to thank all of the testers for their feedback, this has been incredibly beneficial and please be assured that we will be referring to all your comments when making decisions at Freesat. We hope you continue to enjoy your Freesat box and for non-testers we’d like to offer you £30 off a 500GB Humax Freesat+ HD with Freetime box by using the code FT30 when ordering. We hope you agree that great TV doesn’t need to come with a monthly bill."

The non-tester winner of the Freesat box is bluebump, congratulations! I'll PM you to get your details smile

mymummysworld Thu 24-Oct-13 09:59:31

Seems I missed this so will do a late reply.

Give your overall impression when it arrived
Much more attractive then I remember Sky being, and a lovely shiny box, which is very compact. Makes for great storage though, and I love that it shows you what channel you are watching (Although I'm not sure you need this). The only thing I don't like it how noisy the remote is.

Describe the set up: did you set up your Freesat box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your Freesat box?
The Freesat box was extremely easy to set up, just a few wires to insert and away you go. One thing I didn't know was it needed to be connected to the internet via a cable, cue buying an external plug smile

Tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
We have the Freesat set up on our Living Room television.

Share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with
Having not used Sky for a long time, getting used to a 3 digit television number was a bit tricky again, but slowly we are getting there. The quality of the television programmes is a lot lot clearer - especially on the HD ones (Yes I know you would expect this) The only downside we have found is it can take a while to scroll through all of the channels unless you know exactly what your looking for.

Follow-up questions:
* How long did it take you to understand how to use Freesat?*
It didn't take very long at all, maybe all of 10 minutes, the only thing we are still getting our head around is the channel numbers.

Has your child/children used Freesat? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
Jack is too young to be using it, however he does like the remote and knows how to work the volume.

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on Freesat so far?
I've enjoyed watching the soaps, which I know sounds weird but I never get chance to watch (good old record) I've also enjoyed some more cheesy American cookery programmes.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
I have enjoyed the on demand the most. We would normally watch programmes we missed on the wii/xbox which was so hit and miss with connection or via the interenet on the desktop or iPad which leads to a smaller screen. Not really the same effect as watching it on the television so this has been fantastic!

Who in your family has used your Freesat box the most?
Quite possibly myself as I am at home the most, however I am closely followed by OH who enjoys watching some cheesy programmes on there!

What have you found Freesat most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed? Entertaining the kids? Finding something to watch to pass time?
I have found it most useful for watching catch-up and being able to record things when I know we will be out! I've also managed to find more programmes for Jack to watch when I need to keep him occupied for 5 minutes.

HappyMummyOfOne Fri 25-Oct-13 16:26:22

Still loving mine, very simple to use and i have not yet had to refer to the manual once. DS can use with ease and has started recording shows and anticipate as the weather grows colder he will use it far more.

Have cancelled my Sky, this does much more and has a good selection of channels. Already have two friends considering switching.

We love ours too. Went on holiday for a couple of days and missed not being able to record or pause.
Remote still annoys me though.

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