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Ferguson Ariva 250

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  • Registered Users Posts: 836 ✭✭✭decor58


    Have a Sony kdl40cx which does on and off, it's about 5 years old now, don't know how more recent ones compare.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 218 ✭✭IsMiseJoe


    Thinking of getting one of these boxes for the parents house.

    They currently have a Triax TSC 114 which is on the blink.
    They get Saorview channels & UK channels. The Triax box is currently hooked up with a two cables coming from the attic, one going into LNB IN slot and the other into RF IN.

    If I get the Ferguson Ariva 250 will it just be a case of plugging these cables into the new box, tune it up and away I go?
    Don't want to pay someone to do something that can be easily done by myself.

    Edit: It's actually the Ferguson Ariva 253 combo receiver I'm looking at.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,656 ✭✭✭zg3409


    IsMiseJoe wrote: »
    Thinking of getting one of these boxes for the parents house.

    They currently have a Triax TSC 114 which is on the blink.
    They get Saorview channels & UK channels. The Triax box is currently hooked up with a two cables coming from the attic, one going into LNB IN slot and the other into RF IN.

    If I get the Ferguson Ariva 250 will it just be a case of plugging these cables into the new box, tune it up and away I go?
    Don't want to pay someone to do something that can be easily done by myself.

    Edit: It's actually the Ferguson Ariva 253 combo receiver I'm looking at.

    The main issue is that unless it is tuned in advancem you end up with hundreds of duplicates and not working channels. You will need to manually delete the ones you do not need. If you have done this before then it is not an issue, but if you have not it may take a couple of hours and you may end up missing some channels you had before.

    When you say their current box is on the blink are you sure you do not have a dish or antenna problem?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 218 ✭✭IsMiseJoe


    zg3409 wrote: »
    The main issue is that unless it is tuned in advancem you end up with hundreds of duplicates and not working channels. You will need to manually delete the ones you do not need. If you have done this before then it is not an issue, but if you have not it may take a couple of hours and you may end up missing some channels you had before.

    When you say their current box is on the blink are you sure you do not have a dish or antenna problem?

    I don't mind the deleting the duplicates etc. I just want to make sure it will work before buying it?

    The problem with the box is software related I think. Keeps freezing, fails to record shows which are set. I updated the software a few weeks ago and re-tuned all the channels etc, but no joy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    The 253 and 153 both work with CEC on the newer TV's and in some cases older tv's too depending on the model. Many retailers will pre programme the satellite channel list for you so if your dish and aerial are working ok you should be able to install yourself.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 218 ✭✭IsMiseJoe


    This is the one I'm thinking of buying.
    ferguson ariva 253 combo receiver

    Anyone bought from these guys before? (satworld.ie)


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    Satworld are a reputable company who have been around a long time , you might just check though if they offer a pre programme option for satellite channels.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,654 ✭✭✭givecredit


    IsMiseJoe wrote: »
    This is the one I'm thinking of buying.
    ferguson ariva 253 combo receiver

    Anyone bought from these guys before? (satworld.ie)

    Have a look at

    http://www.satellite.ie/acatalog/Ariva-153-combo-box-Free-to-air-HD-Freesat-and-Saorview-Ariva153Combo.html#SID=1

    €100 including delivery with boards.ie coupon code.

    Great guys to deal with too. Their support is second to none...


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    Heres a link to ferguson site showing differences between models http://ferguson-digital.eu/en/satellite-tv-decoders/

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,005 ✭✭✭✭Johnboy1951


    Tony wrote: »
    Heres a link to ferguson site showing differences between models http://ferguson-digital.eu/en/satellite-tv-decoders/

    That comparison would indicate the 153 has no ethernet connection, but the pic and text on Freetv.ie indicates it does have an RJ45.

    Can you clarify? Thanks.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    Yes the 153 does have an RJ45, only differences as far as I know is the card reader set up which is irrelevant if you are using it for free channels only.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,005 ✭✭✭✭Johnboy1951


    Tony wrote: »
    Yes the 153 does have an RJ45, only differences as far as I know is the card reader set up which is irrelevant if you are using it for free channels only.

    Thanks ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 34 phil49


    Has anyone had a problem with subtitles on this box (Ferguson 250).The subtitles are perfect on BBC and Itv but when these shows are transmitted on RTE they are nearly nonexistant although RTE claims they do transmit them.BTW subtitles on RTE's own shows are ok


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,914 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    The 250 seems to be a bit patchy with modern video files these days, does anyone know a specific resolution or codec I could encode a file with to guarantee it plays?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,422 ✭✭✭Avns1s


    What version of firmware is on it?

    I run a 250 on V31B2 and it seems ok.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,914 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    I havent updated since I bought it for the parents back at the Saorview switchover, do they release new codecs or the ability to play new codecs etc in the newer firmwares?

    What are the advantages of upgrading the firmware by the way? Has it changed the interface over the years or anything like that?

    To be honest its perfect for them as is apart from this one little issue.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,422 ✭✭✭Avns1s


    Thargor wrote: »
    I havent updated since I bought it for the parents back at the Saorview switchover, do they release new codecs or the ability to play new codecs etc in the newer firmwares?

    What are the advantages of upgrading the firmware by the way? Has it changed the interface over the years or anything like that?

    To be honest its perfect for them as is apart from this one little issue.

    Download the latest firmware V31B2 from here http://ferguson-digital.eu/en/download/download-satellite-tv/ and install it. It should solve your problem. The interface has only changed very slightly.
    You will have to rescan your satellite and terrestrial channels after installing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,914 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    Interesting thanks, Ill give it a try.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 218 ✭✭IsMiseJoe


    Tony wrote: »
    Heres a link to ferguson site showing differences between models http://ferguson-digital.eu/en/satellite-tv-decoders/

    Hi Tony,
    Just bought the Ferguson 153 combo from you and received it today. Just wondering should I update the firmware?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    Hi Joe,
    This is actually the 250 combo thread but same info applies :-)
    Answer is no as it will have the latest stable firmware already, firmware should only be updated if there's a particular issue that's needs to be addressed . Updating will also clear your channel list unless you use a file that already has a channel list built in.

    IsMiseJoe wrote: »
    Hi Tony,
    Just bought the Ferguson 153 combo from you and received it today. Just wondering should I update the firmware?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭king2


    The front display on my 250 has stopped working. What might have caused this anyone know?


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,914 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    Im getting a lot of stuttering on Saorview channels especially RTE 1, not an aerial problem as far as I can see, its more like when you try to watch a very HD video on a pc that doesnt have the specs to handle it, that kind of stutter. Turning the box on and off will fix it for a while but then it will start again another night, any clue what it might be? Satellite channels are perfect. Live pause/rewind is turned off so I doubt its a hdd issue...


  • Registered Users Posts: 911 ✭✭✭downwiththatsor


    Thargor wrote: »
    Im getting a lot of stuttering on Saorview channels especially RTE 1, not an aerial problem as far as I can see, its more like when you try to watch a very HD video on a pc that doesnt have the specs to handle it, that kind of stutter. Turning the box on and off will fix it for a while but then it will start again another night, any clue what it might be? Satellite channels are perfect. Live pause/rewind is turned off so I doubt its a hdd issue...
    Same issue with my mum's 150 today thought it was time for a new firmware but might be something else so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    check the signal quality by pressing the white button on the remote control

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  • Registered Users Posts: 911 ✭✭✭downwiththatsor


    Tony wrote: »
    check the signal quality by pressing the white button on the remote control

    Signal was normally c.90% quality and strength but both dip to only c.60% when glitching, swapped box with a spare and no issues with signal as strength 90+% on both.
    I had a dvbt tuner fail in a ferguson before so maybe symptomatic of the terrestrial tuner on the way out?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    Does seem to point to a tuner issue unfortunately

    I had a dvbt tuner fail in a ferguson before so maybe symptomatic of the terrestrial tuner on the way out?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,914 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    Ah crap, hope thats not the case. Is there anywhere still selling 250s these days?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,327 ✭✭✭✭Tony


    No it was replaced by the 252 and subsequently the 253 some time ago.

    Thargor wrote: »
    Ah crap, hope thats not the case. Is there anywhere still selling 250s these days?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,380 ✭✭✭STB.


    @ Thargor. Try the latest firmware for the 250

    Sometimes it may become corrupt.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,914 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    Thanks STB, that will be the nuclear option if it gets any worse, well buying a 253 will be the nuclear option I suppose.


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