HOW LONGH ON AVERAGE WILL A FREEVIW BOX LAST ?
Apr 05, 2010
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It all depends on the make. Some of the cheaper Freeview boxes may last no more than around 18 months or even less before a problem develops due to the cheap electronics used.
Humax are regarded as one of the better manufacturers and their PVR boxes in particular are highly regarded for reliability and functionality. They also offer a 2 year warranty on all their PVRs so this provides some additional back up if the unit develops problems.
Of course you can be unlucky with a unit from Humax or any of the better brands but a general rule with these units is to stay away from cheaper brands like Bush etc as they tend to give trouble and have patchy performance.
If you are considering buying a Freeview box - bear in mind that we are moving closer towards High definition signals being more widely available. FreeSat is already providing this on some channels.
I would advise therefore to make sure you purchase a box capable of decoding High Definition as this will provide some degree of future proofing. Many of the boxes on sale at the moment look good but do not have this ability and can only read standard signal so that is something to consider.
I am currently running a Humax PVR that is around 4 1/2 years old and has never had a repair. It is under heavy daily use and although I have had to reset it once or twice and reformat the HD on one occassion it has been very reliable and still going strong.
Hope this helps. Thanks for using FixYa.
Depends on Brand, Age , Ambiant Temperature, Manufacturing Construction. Alot of them break due to heat build up inside on the power supply capacitors due to poor ventilation. I Mean a freeview box can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 4 years.