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How Topfield lost the plot
A frank look at Topfield's position in the UK
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Updated 2010-12-30 17:14:50

Forums are now back up
Apologies for the downtime this week. The forums and the rest of the site are now back up again - the forum database has been relocated to a new server as part of a phased changeover.
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Updated 2010-09-09 10:24:02

Forums down until Thursday pm
We are experiencing technical problems with the forum database. I am unable to fix them while travelling, so the forums will be unavailable until sometime on Thursday. Apologies for the inconvenience. Nigel
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Updated 2010-09-07 17:39:58

Gone Digital
For information and digital TV and technology, a new blog from the Toppy webmaster.
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Updated 2010-04-13 18:51:55

Freeview HD QandA
If you have questions about Freeview HD, you may find the answers in this article on Reg Hardware, by the Toppy site admin
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Updated 2009-11-23 11:59:04

New MHEG engine for Topfield PVRs
New firmwares for the Topfield UK models are set to include a third party MHEG engine for the first time, improving reliability
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Updated 2009-10-23 14:37:23

Freeview retune, 30th September 2009
You must retune your Freeview receivers, including Topfield PVRs, on or after 30th September. This news article contains important information about the process.
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Updated 2009-09-26 11:30:14

What to do if you have channels on the wrong number
If channels appear on the wrong number when you re-scan on your Toppy, the linked news article explains how to solve the problem.
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Updated 2009-07-23 10:07:07

New Toppy.org.uk recommended firmwares
We are pleased to announce a new range of recommended firmwares for the Topfield PVRs, together with improvements to our firmware downloads area, which together are designed to make it easier to download the best firmware for your PVR. All the firmwares on the downloads page include essential fixes for channel scanning issues you may experience on Freeview.
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Updated 2009-04-26 15:49:59

Important information for people using Rowridge transmitter
Changes at Rowridge mean a rescan is necessary for many users in Hants, Dorset and parts of Sussex. This may require a firmware update too. The linked thread has more details.
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Updated 2009-03-26 11:21:59

New Topfield firmware (still broken)
A new firmware for the 5810 has been released on the Topfield Korea web site. Version 5.15.11, dated 30th December, has not been through any UK testing, and it shows. This version does not provide a fix for the channel scanning issues (see the news pages), and consequently we DO NOT recommend you install it.
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Updated 2009-01-13 21:12:27

An explanation of Freeview's HD future
Confused about what's happening? Worried things might end up obsolete? Read this forum post for the latest update on Freeview HD
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Updated 2008-09-25 11:21:43

New Freeview+ firmwares released
New Freeview+ firmwares have been released for the UK Toppy models.
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Updated 2008-07-30 13:18:31

A facelift for the TF5800
The TF5800 has a new look - find out all the details in the news pages.
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Updated 2008-07-28 15:30:32

Important fix for channel scanning issues
Changes to Freeview mean that Toppy owners may experience problems when scanning for channels. For details, and fixes, please refer to the linked article.
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Updated 2008-07-23 12:25:22

TF5810 unofficial update pack - Version 3
The unofficial update pack for the 5810 has now been updated, and includes a short set of instructions, as well as a fix for recent changes to the Freeview configuration, which will otherwise cause problems when scanning for channels.
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Updated 2008-07-23 10:48:28

Kylie Minogue ticket auction - Sunday 27th July
Bid for a chance to see Kylie Minogue at the O2, in Turbosat's hospitality suite
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Updated 2008-07-15 11:36:27

TF5810 unofficial update pack - Updated
The unofficial update pack for the TF5810 has been updated, based on a newer beta firmware. The pack is available from the Member only downloads area.
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Updated 2008-06-02 16:42:38

TF5810 unofficial update pack
An unofficial patched firmware for the TF5810 is now available from the member only area, which should increase stability and offer better performance.
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Updated 2008-05-23 14:33:02

New technical support number for Topfield UK
Topfield UK has a new number for technical support. This is now only available on 08712 003 191. Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline.
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Updated 2008-05-21 14:36:25

British Summer Time started Sunday 30th March
Don't forget to put your clocks forward this Sunday morning. For tips and information, check the BST FAQs on the site.
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Updated 2008-03-28 18:19:31

5810 vs 5800 - What you need to know
With two Topfield PVR models now available in the UK, find out what the differences are, and which one is the right choice for you.
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Updated 2008-03-12 13:10:37

The TF5810 is here!
The new TF5810 PVR has been officially released, and should be with dealers this Friday, 14th March.
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Updated 2008-03-12 13:09:36

Firmware 5.14.08 for TF5800
Firmware 5.14.08 for the TF5800 has been released; this firmware adds Freeview Playback functionality to the PVR.
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Updated 2008-03-12 13:08:56

Ticket auction: The Eagles at the O2 arena
We have eight tickets to auction to support the site. More details in the forums.
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Updated 2008-03-10 11:13:10

Freeview Playback FAQs
A new category of FAQs has been added to the site, covering Freeview Playback.
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Updated 2008-03-07 17:07:29

Latest news on TF5810 availability
We've updated the forums with the latest information on availability of the new model
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Updated 2008-02-04 15:09:27

TF5810 photo gallery
We've got our hands on one of the first TF5810s in the country, and there's an exclusive set of photos now online.
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Updated 2008-01-03 19:44:20

Minor site updates
We've made a few minor updates to the site, including adding some new documents, changes to some of the forum skins, and the software library. You can find more details in the Site news area of the forum
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Updated 2007-12-29 16:54:50

First screenshots of the TF5810
The new TF5810 is almost here, and to prove it, we've got a collection of screenshots, so you can see what the new interface looks like.
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Updated 2007-12-21 17:32:48

TF5810 manual now available for download
Topfield has released the manual for the new 5810 on their web site, and we've added a copy of it to our documents library for faster download.
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Updated 2007-12-20 10:50:39

First photo of the TF5810
We've got the first photo of the TF5810 for you to check out!
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Updated 2007-12-07 23:12:14

Freeview Playback explained
What is Freeview Playback? Find out in this explanatory article.
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Updated 2007-12-06 22:39:14

Coming soon: better on screen messages
In a sneak preview of what's coming soon to the TF5800, see how some of the on-screen messages and displays have been updated.
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Updated 2007-11-12 12:57:52

Update: Playback group 2 testing passed
Topfield's Freeview Playback software has passed Group 2 testing at the DTG
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Updated 2007-10-25 11:06:22

Freeview Playback testing under way; new remote and GUI for the TF5810
The TF5810 will sport a new look remote, and a new user interface when it's released. Freeview Playback software is presently undergoing testing at the DTG.
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Updated 2007-10-23 14:24:22

TF5810 - hard drive details revealed
More news about the new TF5810 - it's likely to ship with a substantially larger hard drive than present UK Topfield models.
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Updated 2007-10-04 15:46:48

Introducing the TF5810
We're pleased to announce the first details of a new Topfield model for the UK market, the TF5810, which should be in the shops around Christmas.
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Updated 2007-09-21 10:52:00

Firmware 5.13.65
A new test firmware is now available for download from the Members' area of the web site.
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Updated 2007-09-12 16:20:21

Ticket auction - Prince at the O2 Arena
We have a limited number of tickets up for grabs, to see Prince at the O2 Arena. Find out how you can get one in our auction.
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Updated 2007-09-12 12:20:04

Firmware 5.13.59
A new firmware is now available from the Member's only downloads area of the site, which should provide an improvement for users who have been experiencing crashes with the PVR when tuned to BBC channels.
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Updated 2007-07-04 10:24:58

Forum reorganisation
We've slightly altered the layout of the forums, to give the popular MyStuff TAP, and others associated with it, a space of its own, making it simpler to find the answers to your questions. There's also a new area for discussions about other AV kit, so you can ask other users about their recommendations for TVs, surround sound and other equipment.
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Updated 2007-06-24 10:29:39

A short word about manners
Please read this message from the site admin
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Updated 2007-06-05 00:15:15

Interim fix for ITV/C4 teletext bug
A test firmware is available for download from the member's only area, which resolves the issue users have experienced, where selecting pages on Teletext causes the PVR to crash.
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Updated 2007-05-12 14:15:35

Vote now!
Now the nominations are in, you can vote for the forum member that you think has done the most for Toppy users in the UK.
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Updated 2007-05-12 14:03:33

On sale in Currys
The TF5800 is now available from Currys stores nationwide, as well as from Maplin via mail order.
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Updated 2007-05-08 20:46:13

Win a Black Panther PVR
We're asking you to nominate the person you think has done most for UK Toppy users, and you'll have the chance to win a 250Gb PVR when you do.
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Updated 2007-04-14 09:28:26

File transfer for Windows Vista
A new command line tool - Wuppy - has been made available for WIndows Vista, allowing users of the new operating system to transfer files to and from their PVRs.
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Updated 2007-04-12 14:12:33

Additional OTA dates for April to June
Additional dates have been confirmed for broadcasts of firmware version 5.13.40 in April, May and June.
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Updated 2007-03-30 14:11:12

Win a 250Gb Toppy
Toppy.org.uk is two years old. To celebrate our - and the TF5800's - birthday, we're giving away a 250Gb silver PVR.
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Updated 2007-03-26 14:13:53

British Summer Time begins on Sunday, 25th March
Don't forget that clocks go forward on Sunday at 0100 GMT. For information about how this will affect your PVR and timers that you've set, take a look at our FAQs on British Summer Time (BST).
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Updated 2007-03-20 09:46:08

Repeat broadcast of firmware 5.13.40 scheduled
A repeat broadcast of the new firmware, version 5.13.40, is provisionally scheduled for the 26th to 30th of March 2007.
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Updated 2007-03-19 17:45:30

Information about the OTA firmware update, version 5.13.40
The first broadcast of firmware 5.13.40 starts on the 15th of March; this article explains some of the changes in the firmware, and how to perform the update.
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Updated 2007-03-14 19:29:20

A new look for the site
The site's been given a complete makeover, with new navigation and lots of extra information to help you make the most of your TF5800 PVR.
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Updated 2007-03-14 18:58:00

Firmware update this week; site changes on the way
Firmware 5.13.40 has a provisional OTA date of 15th-17th March. Read more in the attached news item. The site will also be offline (except forums) for a few hours during the week, for a major update.
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Updated 2007-03-11 21:38:51

Firmware 5.13.40 to be broadcast on 15th March
The first OTA broadcast of the new firmware, version 5.13.40, will be 15th-19th March. A second broadcast is scheduled for later in the month. Full details to follow.
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Updated 2007-03-07 20:10:33

Firmware 5.13.40 available for download
A new firmware, suitable for all TF5800s, is now available for download. This firmware will also be broadcast Over-The-Air in March 2007.
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Updated 2007-02-27 12:33:12

Should Sky be allowed to introduce pay channels on DTT?
Sky would like to remove their existing channels from Freeview, and replace them with new channels, using a new encryption and transmission method. What do you think? Join in the discusssion in the forums.
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Updated 2007-02-19 12:40:28

Test firmware available for member download
A new test firmware file is available as a member's only download, and is compatible with all TF5800s, regardless of the Loader version.
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Updated 2007-01-18 12:47:03

Which firmware should you run?
A new guidance note in the forums explains which firmware you can run on your Toppy.
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Updated 2006-11-14 13:04:23

A note about spam filtering
If you use spam filtering to process your email, please read the linked forum note regarding messages sent from this site.
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Updated 2006-08-04 09:39:22

Bastille Day firmware now available for download
The new 'Bastille Day' firmware update, version 5.12.88, is now available for registered forum members to download, and will be generally available around the 20th of July.
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Updated 2006-07-14 11:38:55

Guide to the Bastille Day update
To whet your appetite for the new firmware update, we have produced a Toppy.org.uk guide to the firmware, which includes instructions for both Mac and PC users. It's available as a PDF by clicking the link on this news story.
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Updated 2006-07-13 13:03:27

Next firmware update: Bastille Day
New firmware is on the way - following extensive beta testing, the next firmware for the TF5800 is on target for a release on July 14th.
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Updated 2006-06-27 11:32:18

New manual for the TF5800
Topfield has just published a new manual for the TF5800, which we hope most users will find a great improvement over the existing one.
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Updated 2006-06-14 11:36:22

Seven more House of Fraser stores carrying the Toppy
An additional seven House of Fraser stores have been added to the list of those that will be stocking the TF5800.
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Updated 2006-04-26 10:34:37

House of Fraser to stock TF5800 PVR
Ten House of Fraser stores will shortly be stocking the TF5800 PVR on a trial basis, making it more widely available via retail than before.
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Updated 2006-04-04 15:22:49

Introducing Toppy Remote Control
We're pleased to announce the launch of Toppy Remote Control, a new service that allows you to create timers on your PVR using the web, and text messages from your mobile phone. It's available to all registered forum users on Toppy.org.uk.
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Updated 2006-03-11 12:11:48

New shops database
We've overhauled our database of places where you can buy a Toppy, so you can now select only internet suppliers, or look for retailers in your area of the country.
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Updated 2006-02-04 12:34:15

Firmware update broadcast
The first broadcast firmware update for the Topfield TF5800 PVR will start at 1000 GMT on Saturday, 17th December, allowing many users who do not have their PVR connected to a PC to update to the latest firmware.
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Updated 2005-12-15 17:40:54

December firmware preview available for download
The December firmware update can now be downloaded from Toppy.org.uk, for those who want to start using it ahead of the OTA broadcast, which is scheduled for 17th to 19th December.
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Updated 2005-12-11 11:16:20

Firmware updating for Mac and Linux users
Thanks to new software from independent Toppy developers, it's now possible for Mac and Linux users to update the firmware on their PVR without needing to borrow a Windows system.
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Updated 2005-11-29 14:26:29

Timer list update tool
A tool to help update your timers, in conjuction with the UK Timers TAP, is available as part of our guide to the EPG changes on Freeview.
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Updated 2005-10-18 17:25:06

New firmware available, Freeview EPG changes
A new firmware is now available, which resolves some recent issues. And the Freeview EPG lineup was re-shuffled last week. Click to find out more information, including download links, a guide to the EPG changes and a tool to update your timers.
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Updated 2005-10-18 17:12:44

Bugfix for BBC and TopUp TV issues due shortly
A Topfield firmware update to address both the BBC crashing problem and the inability to record TopUp TV channels should be available shortly. It is also likely that changes to BBCi later today may resolve the crashing issue.
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Updated 2005-10-14 13:08:19

TF5800 crashing when tuned to BBC channels
A new bug related to interactive MHEG services is causing the TF5800 to crash when tuned to BBC channels. An interim workaround is to enable subtitles. More details in the forums.
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Updated 2005-10-12 18:17:38

Firmware update scheduled for October, OTA in November
The next scheduled firmware update for the Toppy should begin testing around the third week of October. Currently, it is expected that the update will also be broadcast OTA, around the middle of November. This update should include most of the changes originally scheduled for the September firmware.
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Updated 2005-09-26 16:43:20

Beta test firmware 5.12.04 released
Firmware version 5.12.04 has been released as a public beta-test and is now available for download from this site. It is intended to address issues with recording that some users experienced with version 5.12.03, which has now been withdrawn.
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Updated 2005-09-14 11:25:09

September firmware withdrawn
The September firmware update, version 5.12.03, has been withdrawn from the Topfield web site and is now no longer available for download. The withdrawal follows reports from some users of recording problems.
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Updated 2005-09-12 15:16:19

September bugfix update now available
A new firmware update, version 5.12.03, is now available. This provides a final resolution to the BBCi crashes and brings widescreen switching into line with DTG guidelines.
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Updated 2005-09-09 13:30:15

Interim firmware update now available
An interim firmware update has been made available, which will increase the stability of the TF5800, with regard to the current crashes caused by BBCi MHEG. A complete fix is expected in the middle of next week, but the interim update is designed to provide more stability for viewers, over the weekend.
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Updated 2005-09-02 17:39:38

Interim fix for BBC-related crashes available later today
An interim firmware will be available later today, which will address some of the problems caused by MHEG services on BBC channels. These problems have been causing boxes to crash since mid Tuesday. The interim update provides a partial fix which will improve stability, allowing more normal operation over the weekend. A complete fix is due to be available in the middle of next week.
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Updated 2005-09-02 11:48:07

Serious software issue reported 30th August
Since earlier today, some Topfield PVRs have been reported as crashing when tuned to BBC channels. Turbosat are aware of the issue and working on a resolution; the forum message linked to this news item details a temporary work-around. Updated 1st September, 15:00
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Updated 2005-08-30 17:29:48

August firmware released
The August firmware update for the TF5800 has now been released. Read our news story for details of what's included, and links to download the file, and a guide to performing the update.
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Updated 2005-08-17 14:23:43

Black Panther available to all retailers
The Black Panther edition of the Toppy is now available to all suppliers, rather than exclusively through Turbosat.
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Updated 2005-08-10 13:46:25

Toppy to be available in Euronics stores
The Euronics group of independent electrical retailers will now be stocking the TF5800, making the PVR available in retail stores across the UK.
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Updated 2005-08-10 13:45:12

The Black Panther is here!
Limited stocks of the Black Panther have arrived in the UK, earlier than expected. Turbosat informed us this morning that a shipment has arrived, though some are already allocated to pre-orders
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Updated 2005-07-19 12:15:28

Topfield engineers are on their way
Turbosat has confirmed to us that a team of engineers from Topfield will be arriving in the UK from Korea this week, to continue work on the latest firmware update.
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Updated 2005-07-11 18:03:17

Pre-order your Black Panther
Turbosat is now taking pre-orders for the Black Panther edition of the TF5800PVR, which will be available from August 1st.
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Updated 2005-06-30 12:22:59

Win a Black Panther PVR
We've got one Black Panther edition TF5800PVR to give away in a competition.
Update 5th July - competition now closed
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Updated 2005-06-27 16:49:20

The Black Panther is coming!
Turbosat has announced that the Black Panther edition of the TF5800 PVR will be arriving later this summer.
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Updated 2005-06-27 16:48:05

Topfield switches to Samsung drives
The TF5800 is now shipping with Samsung Spinpoint hard drives, which are widely accepted to be much quieter than the Seagate model fitted in the first units to ship.
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Updated 2005-06-26 14:08:04

TAPs and other software will be marked over the next few days with a symbol to indicate compatibility with the UK Topfield model TF5800. ukok
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Updated 2005-04-05 13:10:17

The TF5800 is now in stock at Turbosat. Check the Shops page for a link. More stock due later this week.
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Updated 2005-03-31 17:23:52

Welcome to Toppy.org.uk! Have a look around, and please do let us know what you think - either via the forums, or by sending an email to admin @ toppy.org.uk. Thanks to all who've helped us get up and running. --Nigel.
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Updated 2005-03-29 17:07:01

The software library is now working (TAPs link from the home page). Please post feedback in the forum. We'll be adding details of packages to the library over the next couple of days. Hopefully site will go live on Saturday. --Nigel
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Updated 2005-03-25 12:02:43