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Foxtel IQ2 Review

Thu, Jun 5, 2008

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Well It has finally been installed, yes I now have foxtel IQ2 and I can now, as I said, give a review of it. It was my bad I did not give a picture of the new glossy remote ill try and upload it later but for now just enjoy the pics below [UPDATE]: Pictures of the remote are now uploaded and ready to be viewed :D .
My Video :P :

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Main Features:

  • 320GB HD
  • HD Channels
  • HDMI, Component, Ethernet, Optical Audio and eSATA ports built into the unit
  • Brand new Remote control design
  • Glossy black completely re-invented look, with Blue LED’s to top it all off
  • On Demand High-Definition Movies
  • you don’t have to wait after you order movies to watch them. You can just watch them right there
  • Up To 1080i Resolution

All in all its a great set top box and much better than its predecessor the Foxtel IQ just one complaint would be its uses too much power (Like bandwidth) the old IQ box used barely any power/bandwidth but apart from thats its a fantastic unit…. And last but not least here are, of course, the Pictures:

Something interesting you may notice is that on the Foxtel IQ 2 box on the front it has an eSATA port for an external HD. Now Foxtel has stated that they will make use of this feature later on in time.

If they are planning to use the eSATA port to connect an External Hard Drive this could mean that you *potentially could* have 10x the space, for example if you were to purchase a 3TB drive from wallmart or best buy you could just whack it into the eSATA port and away you go 10x the space :D .

Now onto the next biggest update which is the ethernet port which I have also taken a photo of. Again, Foxtel have stated that they will use this later on in time for what purpose, I really don’t know?

maybe to order movies faster or maybe to download movies from the internet. Or maybe to get online content for example software updates, *Faster* (Actually they have already implemented that. It downloads it over your cable connection) music, movies or movie trailers.

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19 Responses to “Foxtel IQ2 Review”

  1. Willo says:

    Nice site..I was watching your setup video and noticed you have a bose lifestyle system.

    Have you explored controlling the IQ2 box with the Bose remote. I can’t see that anyone’s had much luck with that. Have you?



  2. brad says:

    hey what setting do you use for pic on ur tv

  3. Bilsta57 says:

    @brad: It’s just the standard IQ2 setting nothing special lol. :D @Willo: I haven’t actually explored controlling the IQ with the bose remote as I have always just used the respective remotes to each device.

  4. brad says:

    @Bilsta57 ok how do remove them black bars on the side of the tv ?
    foxtel should go wide screen on all there channels

  5. Bilsta57 says:

    @brad: I’m Not actually sure how to It hasn’t really bothered me.

  6. brad says:

    @Bilsta57 ok cool foxtel need to make channels wide screen

  7. Brad says:

    i love IQ2 BEST THING EVER

  8. BrianT says:

    Thanks for the review! I want to say – thank you for this!

  9. brad says:

    still think foxtel iq2 is are winner

    @bilsta57 what you think about tivo ?

  10. Bilsta57 says:

    @brad: Yeh Tivo is good but its pretty ugly and its menu system is as well and plus its like $600-700 for it.

  11. brad says:

    yeah for sure to dear wish foxtel would hurry up with new channels

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  15. Paul Anderson says:

    FOXTEL IQ2 — don’t get it— it is seriously misleading– 70% of the channels ARE IN 14:9 ratio which is like watching oldstyle TV on a widescreen! — my family hated at despite the HDTV, sent it back the next day as Foxtel can’t or won’t fix the problem. It is not explained in any of their advertising so beware

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