Telstra T-Box PVR (preview)

The T-Box shines when used when connected to high-speed Telstra BigPond Internet and has some excellent content available

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    $ 299.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

Stirling

0.0

1

Pros
Makes a good pinata.
Cons
Just seeing it on my shelf makes me angry
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one of the worst products of any kind that I have ever used. If your thinking of buying this read the following statement very carefully, DO NOT BUT THE T-BOX. It is nothing but trouble and doesn't work at all as it is advertised. The people who give this product positive reviews do not understand what they are missing. Sure it records shows and lets you pause live TV. But in the 21st century those things are common place. This is the worst DVR ever designed and no matter how telstra cuts it, it's still a piece of trash. I would honestly give it away if I actualy managed to find someone foolish enough to adopt such an occursed pile of worthless components.

BoboboWorld

0.0

2

Pros
Easy To use
Cons
Can't record foxtel, records scheduled programs at wrong time slots.
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It's ok, works ok. But BAD overall. I'll explain:
Problems I'm having is that it records shows at the wrong times (shows that are scheduled to start at 7pm for example, starts recording at weird times and then I only get half the show).
MAJOR problem I have is that you can't actually record foxtel channels on the TBOX!!! OUTRAGEOUS!
Thus it's like we're going back to the stone age with this one.
If you want foxtel, just get foxtel. Don't bother with this.
Get your act together Telstra.

Albert

0.0

3

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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This is an actual letter I sent to Telstra. You be your own judge:
I have been having constant problems with my 3rd replaced T-Box. I am pretty sure I am not the only one with the same problems. Why is it so difficult to listen and fix those problems? For such a huge company it is a shame to have an absolute rubbish of a product. When I contact T-box support in India, they take me thru the same process of resetting everything, deleting all my content, and two days later I get the same problems and the same Indian with American accent tells me to reset my freaking T-box. I am starting to develop a phobia to the T-box, seating in front of the TV and thinking OK this stupid thing is going to switch off any second now and the remote control will disconnect and the show that I recorded will be cut short because the dam thing didn’t record the whole show. I am now in the process of getting another replacement and the T-box support people want me to send my T-box to them first for review and they will get back to me in 21 days… Now what am I suppose to do? Not watch TV at all now while the dam thing is getting checked. TELSTRA wake up to yourself, if you don’t have mobile technicians then at least have the new T-box sent out 1st before I send you my old crap. I need you to call India and tell them it’s OK to send me a new T-box before I send them the faulty one back… PLEASE

Sue

0.0

4

Pros
Anything but a Tbox
Cons
Tbox
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Well where to start, must not listen to sale's pitch from Telstra!! We got our first Ts**t last year(mid year) less than a month later it died unresponsive remote did all the bulls**t after many phone calls,sent it back, got a new one and was charged $159.00 for a replacement,It has taken 5 months to sort out the billing issue which resulted in getting phone disconnected!Suddenly we lost most of the channels, we can only watch 7,7mate, Abc,Sbs,and last night the Ts**t died again,checked the antenna connection and we get all channels by disconnecting the the Ts**t. I don't think this was well thought out at all as it very rarely works as it should, can't wait to ring so I can not understand the person I will be speaking to in Dubai....WTF Telstra

shonkybox

0.0

5

Pros
small and easy to hide
Cons
Doesn't work as sold!
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This thing is a scam. Every time we use it for something quite small such as a movie or the footy our usage spikes! It is slow, chews through bandwith and the content is not that great. Don't waste your money!

Red Robyn

0.5

6

Pros
Telstra pricing
Cons
T-Box PVR
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Don't waste your money. Because the TV networks do not run their programs to schedule and despite being connect to the internet, the T-Box does not recognise the live program times. So the TV recording function is inadequate, you will never record the full program. The movies is a rort, high prices for a limited library. Quicflix is cheaper and offers and huge library. We paid a small fee for the unit in store and are now also charged a monthly fee.

Stephanie

2.0

7

Pros
recording
Cons
recording cut short and missing end of shows
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I record but it doesn't have a time select function, thus, I miss the end of my shows ie. starts at 7pm and finishes at 7.30pm. Most shows start at 7.05pm and finish at 7.35-7.40pm! Crazy!

Stephanie

2.5

8

Pros
Tbox
Cons
Tbox
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I've had Tbox for only two weeks. So far so good, however, trying to access my vuze library on my mac through the tbox, any ideas how to do that??? Tbox recognises Vuze, but I can't watch them through the tbox.

Byron Roberts

4.0

9

Pros
T Box Cables
Cons
T Box operation
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My T box was Delivered without a Mini DIN COmponent/Composite video cable.
I require 2 OUTPUTS FROM MY T BOX .1.HDMI AND THE
mini din output.
Please advise where I can purchase/obtain this cable.

Brendan Ryan

0.0

10

Pros
The T box is, fell off the back of a truck
Cons
It dont work when you want it too
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I too hate these T boxes, heap of trouble and crap. I cant get on to any channels and when I do they just drop out for no reason. Thanks Telstra, biggest con artists around

Gwenda

0.0

11

Pros
Full refund.
Cons
Almost everything, including the information I was given at the Tesltra shop before I bought it.
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Do not buy a T-Box. I got a full refund and now I am happy.

Chetcuti

4.5

12

Pros
T Box
Cons
its all good
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I have had no trouble with the T/box ,, I find it easy to use ( I didn’t have to read the user guide its that easy to use ,, I have had the t/box now for about 6 months and love it .. you must be doing something wrong if you don’t like it …

Kaye McHugh

5.0

13

Pros
T Box
Cons
Nothing
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We have had a T Box for some months and have had no problems with it at all. We have rented quite a number of movies and have found they downloaded very quickly and we could not be more pleased. We have ADSL2+ amd have not experienced any problems with losing ends of movies etc as mentioned by others. All in all very happy with our T Box

Bonnie Jones

0.0

14

Pros
Hot under the collar about it
Cons
Nothing is good about this. It's not even a sleek design.
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Terrible TBox. Had it one week and took it back. Nothing on this thing is appealing. If you have a state of the art HD telly its shows up as running mostly in 720 HD, not 1080. There is NO 5.1 surround sound, just stereo. It's slow to use and expensive to rent movies. (you can buy most of the movies for little more that $6) so why bother renting them. Just a total con job from Telstra.

Adam

0.0

15

Pros
Nothing
Cons
The whole thing
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Regularly freezes, requires re-boots constantly and lags. Often, it won't send sound to the amp. There is nothing positive to say about this product. It's as if Telstra found them on special from a dodgy Chinese manufacturer and decided their customers are too stupid to know better. This product comes with the usual Telstra broken promises. We have had the remote changed three times and the box three times. Finally they agreed the other day to take it back and refund it. Hooray!

Dennis

2.0

16

Pros
Not Bad
Cons
Finicky Control
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The functions that the TBox performs overall are good. It would be a good product if Telsta bothered to fix the problems. The main problem I've got is the finicky control. It does not always register when you press a button, then it lags, then it spins through whatever you are scrolling. It's so-ooooo frustrating. For example, you click fast-forward to 2x, then to 5x, then to 10x but it stays on 5x, so you click again, and so on, then suddenly, it jumps to 600x. It really makes the product unusable. I don't mind the small control, but I wish the stupid thing would work properly.

Justin

0.0

17

Pros
Deception
Cons
Telstra
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Just thought I'd drop this bit of info in as well: I bought both the T-box and T-hub because my "bundle" required me to have one or the other: OR SO I WAS LED TO BELIEVE. I doubt they've changed their approach to moving these monstrous boxes, so to let you know:

IF YOU ARE CONTRACTED TO A BUNDLE SEEMING TO INCLUDE A TBOX OR THUB, YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED TO PURCHASE THE THUB OR TBOX.

A Telstra employee from the highlevel complaints department let me know. I had been lied to again, and again, and again when I asked the Fillipino consultant, however after being transferred back to Australia (after 30 minutes) I was told the truth. Telstra is trying to move the boxes by making them appear to be bound to their bundles. They are not. If you are stuck in a contract with Telstra and don't want the Tbox or Thub simply call them and return it. If, like me, you find this corporate behaviour offensive, demand the entirety of your money back, from the $35 down payment through every payment made: if you were led to believe that the T-whatevers were integral to the contract you signed, you were decieved by a sales representative... Demand a full refund.

Justin

0.0

18

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Seriously, read these reviews and DO NOT BUY A TBOX (or T-Hub for that matter.)

Don't even think that the $35 + $11/mnth is a safe way to test this absolute failure of a device: I currently have two t-box's (plus two t-hubs, and three modems) ALL OF WHICH TELSTRA CHARGE ME FOR!!! I've been trying to return the majority of these items for months now, and the charges just keep turning up on my bill, unlike the return satchels which never turn up.

On that, I was trying to return both t-boxes: one was faulty (like so many Telstra products), the other one was just as useless as a t-box. TV tuner can't tune in to our "weak" signal out here (the TV has no trouble), Telstra IPTV is an absolute joke when compared to MeTV and Fetch.

HAD

2.5

19

Pros
Easy to use
Cons
freezes then FFW to catch up all by itself when watching bigpond movies
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Overall happy with the T-Box except when playing downloaded movies the movie will freeze approx every 20 minuutes or so for a few seconds then goes into fast forward to catch up (all by itself) This is most annoying and second rate especially scince you are paying good money to hire the movie. Tesltra Support sya they have fixed this bug in their latest software update NOT TRUE it still does it. Come on guys fix the damn thing

Brian

0.0

20

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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The Telstra T-Box is complete rubbish. Had it for 12 months. Constantly had to perform hard resets. Movies never play perfectly. Vision and Sound constantly gets out of sync. Constantly reboots for no reason. Just look at it ... its a cheap piece of plastic crap with an even cheaper remote control.
Telstra customer service is appalling. Off shore telephonists speaking broken English pretend to type notes on your account when you make a complaint but when you call back next day THE NOTES DON'T EXIST.
We are returning out T-box and our T-Hub and our iPhones and going back to Optus.

Bob

0.0

21

Pros
Nothing
Cons
DONT BUY
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Had it few months and had nothing but trouble, gone through 3 remotes, the response is terrible and also you can forget reliable recording times. Unplugged it never to be used again

product needs to be recalled just not on.

susan

0.0

22

Pros
nothing
Cons
everything
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Have had nothing but trouble since we got it 5 months ago, have rung telstra help almost everytime we use it..and get people with strong accents so we have no idea what they're saying. Movies freeze and have to re-boot the box continually. Feel so ripped and want to send it back..didn't work with adsl so had to go wireless, was not told that till after we got it. Another unwarranted expense but bit the bullet.

Telstra you suck so bad.

Jo Allen

0.0

23

Pros
nothing
Cons
t box
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Telstra T box is crap. We are on our second box and am still having problems. We seem to get one fixed then another pops up. Talking to the 1300 number is a waste of time. Don't purchase this product.

Stephen

5.0

24

Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
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I've had a T-Box for about 1 month and I can say that it is a fantastic piece of equipment. It works perfectly, the interface is simple and easy to use. Now that you can even get a remote on your iphone. I have it connect via wi-fi and have no problems watching internet content or downloading movies. I really don't understand what everyone is complaining about. It is a great all round device and I can highly recommend it.

David McCoy

0.0

25

Pros
0
Cons
T-box
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T box the alternate spelling of 'crap'. Don't know what Telstra were thinking, perhaps the challenge was to make technology go backwards. Congratulations for encouraging families to turn away from television. Telstra are the covert agents of the luddites, returning us to more primative times.....well done you have succeeded!

Rob

0.5

26

Pros
weather
Cons
rain
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Telstra box or what ever it is called. Why don't you wake up folk and just face it. The whole thing is a con. You pay heaps for a service that does not work. You are lied to just to keep you feeling that perhaps one day things will be good. It is the biggest con trick in the book. Banks use it, polititions use it. A promise of something good, eventually. They keep you on a string until you give up and leave, but hey, there will be another sucker along soon. Wake up and see the lies.....virginmobile broadband. Optus. Telstra. Vodaphone. They all master the art of sly sales with a dose of lies. Well done a aust...................

Allan

4.0

27

Pros
TV Recording & Movie Rentals
Cons
Stupid child sized wireless remote
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I've had a T-Box for 6months now and I am very pleased with it's performance. I do however also have a Bigpond ADSL2 WiFi system to work with it. It has had a few freeze ups but they have been cured by rebooting. (Complete power down for a minute or two).
I am dissapointed with the support User manual inso far as that I have recently looked into using the T-Box as a total home entertainment unit capable of connecting to a home PC network and playing video files from ahome video library storage device. My own DVD library is burgeoning and is becoming difficult to store.I am aware that these functions are possible from YouTube help videos but they do not go into the actual accessing of files or even how they are displayed. Also there is no mention of what the USB connection on the front panel is capable of or again how to access it on the menus.
One thing I did accidently come across on the T-Box help pages (only a day or so ago) was that you can get rid of the child sized useless remote controller and program in a Logitech Harmony multi remote.
Telstra definitely need to upgrade their T-Box User Manual to include the use of a total media centre.

dimax

0.0

28

Pros
nothing
Cons
everything
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TELSTRA
You got to be kidding about this t-box thing
Surely you would test every possible thing that could go wrong with these units before you would sell them as a saleable product.
The frustration you cause is undescribable ...shame ..shame..shame

John

0.0

29

Pros
hdmi cable
Cons
dinky remote control, lags, freezes constantly
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This product is an absolute piece of rubbish. The remote control does not work properly. At first I thought it was the battery but after paying for a new expensive battery, it still doesn't work. When the remote does work, it skips channels in the preview mode. Also, when attempting to fast-forward through recorded programs, it often sticks and scans at 600x to the end of the program which is incredibly frustrating. If you record a series, it often stores the episodes out of sequence and they can be hard to flick through with the useless remote control. The choice of movies in the last few months has improved slightly but it's still not very good. I would not recommend this product to anybody. It is frustrating. Cheap and nasty are words that come to mind.

Robyn

0.0

30

Pros
Not Tbox
Cons
Tbox
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Had all of these problems as well Tbox won't turn off, freezes, remote does not work have to turn on and off at wall constantly. Sent it back returned saying nothing wrong. I am ready to send it back. Would not recommend to anyone. The person whose TBox works obviously got the only one that does.

Daniele

2.5

31

Pros
Ease of use
Cons
NO 5.1 Surround on downloads
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Big Pond movie downloads have NO 5.1 Surround. You can happily get 5.1 from some free to air transmissions through the T-Box - but it is officially confirmed that NONE of the movie downloads have surround. They are all stereo. In comparison, most Apple TV movies have surround... I'll be dusting off my local DVD shop rental card ! What;s the point of watching a movie in stereo ?

Joe98

2.5

32

Pros
Ease of use
Cons
Often does not work.
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If you miss the last few mins iof a recorded program its not the fault of the T Box.

It is standard preocedure for many channels to shift the start and end time of programs.

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Leonie

0.0

33

Pros
anything other than tbox
Cons
Telstra t box
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the Telstra T box is a big stinking lemon and i hate it! CONSTANTLY breaks down (waiting for my third right now) my last one had troubles with its hard drive and has wiped all my recordings!! The team suggested I buy another peice of support quipment (already had to buy a couple). the movies take up to 4 hours to download, often display fault messages and i also have no access to the 'free' channels which stream too slowly to watch. peice of crap try something else!!

Moji

0.0

34

Pros
Any other HD settop Box
Cons
Telstra T-Box
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Received the T-Box last week and already called help line three times. First it was the registration. Then it got stuck on foxtel advert channel and now the remote stops working after five minutes. Absolute rubbish. And they said extra channels. What if I am over 40 and not interested in Fiooty or Rugby?
Then there is the set up of the unit. the programmer should be sacked. Why can';t you arrange your channels? I like channel 9, Go and Gem in that order which is not possible. Changing of channels are also a hastle, it just takes too long to load and the info flag stays on too long.
And why is the reset botton right under the unit? I set my T-Box in my entertainment unit and to rest the unit I have to pull the whole thing out so I can reach underneath.

And who's idea was it to only mak Youtube available? Why not the whole internet? Wouldn't that had a better potential to make money for Telstra?

My forty dollar generic HD settop box with recording capability works a hunderd times better.

Wake up Telstra. One of the biggest companies in this country with all necessary resources at you desposal and this is what you are marketing?

Teigan

0.5

35

Pros
sports channel
Cons
t-box
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do not buy this peice of junk... and telstra does not help you what so ever.. we have made so call to telstra regarding our t-box noone wants to help you. the tbox always freezes and switches itself out .. everytime u pick up the remote and try change the channels it gets stuck. we rang up to get a replacement they sent it off to faults/returns department which they sent back the crappy device and said there was nothing worng with it.. so we rang up and said to cancel the t-box . NOT HAPPY with telstra or what us customers want and need. going to ring up and tell them where to shove their service..

Fatboy Csaba

0.0

36

Pros
-
Cons
Quality Problems
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The telemarketer sold us this product when we switched to bigpond internet five months ago. Since that time the TBOX has malfunctioned twice and had to be sent back to Telstra for repairs. The first mode of malfunction was the unit kept locking up and rebooting every two minutes. We sent the unit back and got a replacement. The second malfunction ( two weeks later) was that the unit no longer responded to the remote control.

The TBOX also requires an active internet connection to be able to schedule TV program recordings. We also have a digital TV which obtains the TV program guide over the air and does not require an internet connection to do this.

The primary reason for purchasing the tbox was to record tv shows, but the unit is unable to do this without an internet connection.

chris

0.0

37

Pros
thanks
Cons
Thanks
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thanks guys ill give this a skip

Dave D

5.0

38

Pros
everything works perfectly
Cons
very little
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looking at all of these reviews im a little baffled. the tbox i have has been running perfectly. it is hooked up to adsl2+ and downloads movies with ease. the tv quality of free to air is on par with if not a touch better than the HD sony HDD i also have set up. is mine a freak tbox??? id highly recommend this, especially when telstra gave it to me for $24...beats the sh*t out off the $1000 sony hdd which has been in for repairs twice.

Simon

0.0

39

Pros
nothing
Cons
everything
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Dont buy one of these, I have phoned Telstra 3 times about the freezing up problems with the Thompson modem. Tyhere own website Q & A tells you about the problem and how to fix it with a software varient update. I have explained this to them on 3 occasions with them saying twice they will send the update thru. Well I am still waiting. Most time I spoke with someone there they didnt understand English to well.

Peter Munn

0.0

40

Pros
nothing
Cons
everything
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I am struggling already for more than half a year to get those bloody boxes working. Support doesn't help me any more, I email them, call them and still nothing... nothing works with that box, nothing. And .... I have 3 they've been all replaced but still the same problems, going from freezing, remotes that don't work, sound goes off etc etc... just don't buy this, not worth it at all

Paul Phillips

0.0

41

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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What a piece of rubbish this TBox is. Turns itself off regularly, wont stram any of the big pond channels and was not told this at the point of buying it. Regularly locks up and the remote does not work. I would not recommend this box to my worst enemy. Telstra should be ashamed putting its name on this dud. Sending mine back as quick as the packaging gets to me.

Ross

0.0

42

Pros
Pies
Cons
Dogs
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I was considering the $109 a month deal from Telstra, which included the T-Box. Thanks to people taking the time to post their comments I have now decided to stick with my present setup.

Rod

0.0

43

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Part of a telstra bundle - this is a load of rubbish, so called big pond channels freeze all of the time drops in and out

aleisha

0.0

44

Pros
everything if u like to call the support team
Cons
remote stops working
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DO NOT BUY A T-BOX
i'm currently up to my 3rd remote with them and i have had the t-box less than 3 months. don't waste your money the support team even agree that they are always in testing as there are constant problems with them. i'm about to return mine, but can not get a refund only a credit even though i paid for mine outright not on a plan.
like every other person i hate this thing- endless frustration!!!

John

4.5

45

Pros
User interface, speed, options
Cons
Movies dark images pixelate
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I've had my T-box for two weeks and can say it is a great PVR. The interface and graphics make it simple to navigate and find what you need. The Big Pond movie download service beats going to the video shop then paying late fees but I found dark scenes hard to watch due to pixelation - must not be DVD quality as advertised. The recording function is so simple compared to other PVR's I've tried and owned. If you worry about not recording the end of a show simply go into Options and choose for every recording to finish a few minutes later than the setting you've chosen - simple (works with start times as well). My download speed varies from 5mps to 7mps so I'm in a slow area but the T-box operates just fine, no pauses at all. I researched this PVR thoroughly and held back buying one due to the bad reviews but now realise they are in the minority. This is a great machine.

Mikka

4.0

46

Pros
Unenvasive, nice Programme Guide, quick and responsive
Cons
Takes a while to power up.. (minimal issue really)
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I am amazed to see all the negative comments on the TBox. We had one installed with the FIOS (NBN) Internet, and it's been nothing but a dream, running on a large 1080p TV, and surround sound system all through HDMI. I'm not a Telstra fanboi (is anyone?) But this is a great device, the ability to watch internet TV from providers other than just Telstra would have drawn a 5 star rating from me!

Terri

0.5

47

Pros
Record shows when not home
Cons
Everything else
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I was excited when we first got our T.Box. Now its just frustrating!
We are having to turn the T.box off at the wall at least once a day to fix one problem or another,wether it be because it has froze or the programme guide wont work. Its stupid that you anly get 2 days to finish watching a movie.
I agree with other reviews its an A Grade peice of Crap! And one that cost way more money than what its worth!!
My advice looke for something else!!

Naomi

0.5

48

Pros
not the telstra TBOX
Cons
telstra TBOX
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The testra T-box has been nothing but trouble from get go. As the other reviewers have made very clear this product is A grade crap. Number one if you don't turn the T-box off a certain way it gets rid of all sound on your televition so you need to re set and turn it off at the mains over and over until it magically decides to work again. I just deleted recorded shows and my T-box has gone into meltdown my picture and sound has gone. Changing the channels is incredibly frustrating and takes so long that you miss the first half of the show and we've recently come to discover that when you try and record a tv show which i though was a major perk to this deal it misses about the last ten minutes of any program even though i have all my download space left. Get your act together telstra for once and make a product that actually works, we're paying enough for your quality rubbish after all.

Ash

4.5

49

Pros
Easy set-up and operational interface. Fast buffering and streaming on wireless connection
Cons
Small thin remote control feels like it will break in two at the slightest pressure
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It's truly amazing that all those who are deriding the product also lack basic spelling skills, which leads me to believe that did not read or comprehend the instructions that came with the product that clearly state keep it away from other electronic appliances and do not place it on any other operating electronic device. Maybe this is because doing so will cause interference with both the product and reception and most electronic products emit copious amounts of heat which in turn may affect the circuitry within the box which itself is light-weight.
Now getting back to basics. The T-Box is basically a marketing tool by Telstra to access its streaming content. If you want a dedicated PVR then get a dedicated PVR (most of which come from the same companies that produce the components for the T-Box). If you want machine that provides you a gateway for cable programming get a Foxtel IQ or TiVo.
But if you want a nice little machine that delivers exactly what it says it will deliver then T-Box is an excellent add-on to the plethera of electronic recording and streaming devices out there in the market. Later this year it will even provide Foxtel content (similar to that on offer on the XBox) but unmetered (which XBox currently does not offer, so you don't use up the available download on your internet plan.
Love the machine for what it delivers. If you have problems with it then read the instructions before you connect it.

Rob

4.5

50

Pros
Esay to use, records our favorite shows automatically, great extra AFL coverage
Cons
takes 5 seconds to turn on, otherwise great
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We got ours two months ago, and it was easy to set up, and has been easy to use. Not sure if we have a new model or something, but it's really a good addition. Just press a button and our favorite TV series are recorded, so we can watch them when / if we have time. Nice to have extra sports content, and TV guide.

Andrew

0.0

51

Pros
Not much
Cons
poorly designed
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It's the only dual HD tuner PVR on the market that I know of that will only let you record one channel at a time. There are no RCA inputs on the box, so you can't hook up an external device like an iPod to play music through it.
The USB will only support FAT32 file system. Large external hard drives are not easily formatted (without external tools). The average user will have trouble with this. The file system limitations also means that there can be no single file greater than 4GB.
Export function will export in a 'ts' file format, which seems to be encrypted. Unable to playback exported recordings on anything other than a TBox.
The TBox does not support other media types (ie: mpeg, avi, etc), you can only playback the 'ts' files that were exported.
All in all, the box has great potential, but in it's current format is useless, and an extremely poorly designed product.
Do not buy in it's current format.

glennbo

0.5

52

Pros
my wife
Cons
t box
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I perched a T box outright this thing looked like a cheep piece of crap and failed to talk to the remote within days even reseting the t box didnot work another remote worked but the T box kept droping the remote reseting worked but reseting up to 20 times in one day a new T box fixed this all was well untill it upgraded itself it now takes 2 to 6 houres to download one of the very poor selection , way over priced and only short term rental of movies and yes i have telstra's fast internet.what a piece of junk

jason taylor

0.0

53

Pros
do not buy this product
Cons
tbox
• • •

your lucky if you have to reset it only every 2 hours i had to do it 26 times in 1 hour iv wanted to chuck the heap of s*** in the bin i feel like the biggest mug for buying it so if your pondering about buying it. DONT its s***

julie

1.5

54

Pros
cordless keyboard
Cons
doesnt work
• • •

**problem from day 1...... the little remote is hopeless so a telstra technicial says get a wireless keyboard put the usb on to the slot on front. so i buy keyboard and still no luck. now all the notes etc are not working correctly. i hired a movie i couldnt watch. not sure what to say but telstra should do some sort of upgrade to this box

Jayne

0.0

55

Pros
YOU TUBE
Cons
TBOX
• • •

You tube will not show official videos from your youtube accounts. Whats the point in trying to watch music on tbox!! This totally sucks not worth purchasing it. Dont even bother...the thub is not worth it too!! The remote for the TBox is crap..u need patients to search totally frustrating.

Ryan

4.0

56

Pros
Interface
Cons
The remote
• • •

The remote is very small and feels tacky for something to be used all the time, aside from that the interface is incredibly attractive and the features are great! From the simple ones like showing your suburb and weather to playing games on the new applications add-on. Tbox will also have an option for foxtel too. the bigpond channels are great as well especially the Bigpond Music Channel. Occasionally it freezes but hey for the price with all it's features, technology has been renown to fault, but you have to look at the positives too. The movies started off VERY poor..with the new releases all B grade, but now it has movies like Inception, Iron Man 2, The Blind Side and many more! Trial it at your telstra shop because there's no point in getting it if the interface and layout that is used all the time bugs you. ALSO it come with a free HDMI cable, which was strange because usually you have to buy one separately????

Paul Loader

5.0

57

Pros
Ease of Setup. Ease of Recording. Wireless is excellent and speedy.
Cons
Would prefer to be able to access the sub-titles on/off via a single button, rather than through the menu system
• • •

Bought this to replace a 3 year old Philips PVR which was driving me crazy with its foibles.
The T-Box has made me a "happy camper" once again.
I'm 70 and setting it up was a snap, using it is a breeze.

Peter

0.0

58

Pros
it's just one big scam !
Cons
do you want a list ?
• • •

This product is a rip off.
Nothing works, not the recording, not the remote, I can receive the big pond channels, the movies that they offer ar low class horror and B movies what a scam !!!
Remote keeps on unpairing, freezes all the time, sound suddenly gone, you can't depend on the programming you lose parts of the program unless you modify the recording each time. Expensive piece of equiptment that doesn't work.

Greg

0.0

59

Pros
NRL of $10 a month, good value
Cons
T-Box
• • •

Well cannot agree more, what a crap piece of "technology". I purchased the t-box because of it's wi-fi capability, it cannot connect with a signal strength below 50%. I have a playstation inside the cupboard the t-box sits on, it connects OK. Time to call Telstra to take it back.

Nick

0.0

60

Pros
Nothing
Cons
T-Box
• • •

Other reviews have said it all and I have experienced most of the complaints noted. After 3 months I am ready to throw the thing out - unfortunately I made the mistake of paying for it up-front.

amanda

1.0

61

Pros
not much
Cons
most
• • •

have to agree with the others...one thing i do think interesting is the amount of people who have had to get a replacement...i also needed to get a new Tbox within the first few weeks...not happy with program recording as it ends to soon missing bits but you do have a manual record control function. i think it is very clumsy and the lock in period makes it such a dissapointment. it also has that stupid timed switch off function and seems to have a mind of its own and turns off constantly. should have tested the TiVo first i think.

Esther

0.0

62

Pros
nothing
Cons
everything
• • •

Biggest piece of S..t ever purchased along with telstra and there motems sick of ringing telstra which is a least 3 times a week

Claire

0.0

63

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
• • •

In short lets just rename it the S**T BOX. It freezes, its slow, it gets stuck on the one channel (usually a crap one) and it turns itself on and off when it feels like it. You'll get more enjoyment staring at a blank wall than dealing with this lemon. Too bad the rating system doesn't go into the negatives. Not Happy Jan.

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