Transonic Satellite Receiver TWHS1
Price $79
Type Satellite
In-built PVR No 
Overall score $ Member only content
Ease of use (/10) $ Member only content
Average user rating$ Member only content

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Guide to the table

Price is based on a March 2012 online price survey. My Sky HDi costs are a one-off $599 or $99 upfront and then $15 per month + other Sky subscription costs.

PVR = personal video recorder. EPG = electronic programme guide.

Overall score
  • Ease of use (45% of overall score for PVR models; 70% for non-PVR models)
  • Recording (25%: applies to PVR models only)
  • Picture (10%)
  • Standby power use (10%)
  • Sensitivity (5%)
  • Sound (5%)

Click on the question mark symbols beside the headings for more information about ratings and features.

About our test
  • All boxes were set to 1080i where possible.
  • “Ease of use” was made up of nine sub-category scores that covered menus, setting-up, and connections. This included the ability to tune in the channels, find when shows were on, and how easy it was to use the remote control. Recording functions were tested where applicable.
  • The “Picture” score for terrestrial models was based on the best HD service delivered.
  • The “Picture” score for satellite models was based on either the best upscaled standard-definition (SD) picture or the best “regular” SD picture (from the composite video output). None were tested for HD pictures.
  • The scoring for “Standby power use” is tough: up to 1W=10, above 10W=0. We consider 10W to be extremely high standby use.