We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Packard Bell breaks into digital home

TVs and set-top boxes for Christmas

Packard Bell, best known for its range of budget PCs, is branching out into other digital home entertainment devices.

The first of these is a set-top box, the TCX-170, for receiving free-to-air digital TV channels. The £100 digital receiver went on sale yesterday and will be available in Dixons stores.

It comes with two Scart ports, so that the TV and VCR can be connected at the same time, widescreen capability, and audio out for connecting to a hi-fi or home theatre system.

Plans are in the works for a version of the receiver with a hard disk so it can be used to record programmes digitally.

Before the end of the year, the company will also launch a range of LCD TVs with 17, 32 and 30in screens. At least one of these models will sport two tuners so that a hard disk can be attached for recording. All are equipped with two Scart ports.

The home entertainment devices are part of Packard Bell's latest range of products destined to hit the stores in the run up to Christmas. The range includes new laptops and desktops designed in white casings, à la Apple, and a new PDA with Pocket PC 2003 software.

The products are being previewed today by Dixons, Packard Bell's exclusive retailer in the UK.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite