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Nikkai Digital Freeview Receiver

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  • Digital Free-to-View set top box
  • SCART video output with RGB compatibility
  • Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) for up to 7 days

Product overview

• Digital Free-to-View set top box• SCART video output with RGB compatibility• Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) for up to 7 days• Compact size, suitable for most locations• Automatic and manual channel and favourite sorting• Store up to 1000 channels • Digital text supported• Includes full-function remote control• RF loop• Dimensions (W x H x D): 150 x 35 x 120 mm• Weight: 300 grams

If you have an old TV (non-digital compliant) with a SCART socket or want to make use of your VCR after digital switchover, this Digital Freeview Receiver will enable you to do this. Simply plug in your aerial feed to the back of the receiver, connect to the SCART input of the device (TV, VCR, DVD-R etc.) and after an initial tune you will pick up digital TV and radio stations.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from I bought this the other day, uncoiled the cable and realised that when I place it on top of the stand by the TV the plug barely reaches the floor, let alone the socket! I'd guess the cable is probably barely a metre long, if that. So I'm afraid it's going to have to go back to the shop, which is a great shame because otherwise it looks like a reasonably sturdy model, and certainly better than the Goodmans it's supposed to be replacing. The only other comment I can make at present is to agree with the comments on the poor quality of the "instruction manual" - fortunately I'm experienced at deciphering manuals in "Jinglish" or "Chinglish" or whatever this is.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought this today. Despite tempting dearer models offering more, I stuck to this, the one I had decided to buy; after all, I do not need serial interface, USB, smart card etc. Plugged it in, switched on and hey presto. Setting up well enough to get the stations, both Radio and TV, was a dawdle. One thing! The leaflet in the box is useless. Use the excellent download manual from Maplin. I am enjoying exploring its deeper abilities.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This little box is a great performer both in picture quality and sound wise. The setup menu is a little ugly but is easy to navigate and I had the box up and running without any reference to the user manual. It was that simple. The only thing that lets it down is the remote control which has tiny buttons cramped together and as such it is not comfortable to use. You may need a magnifying glass to read what each button is for! So from me it loses one star for the remote but other than that I can't fault it performance wise and for a simple basic box it is great value for money.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was wondering at the great price that it might or might not work well.........but I have to say what a good buy.....was up and running in a few seconds. Well worth it!
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unit tunes in fine, my gripes are; No wide button to change aspect of older program (have to change tv type in config menu instead). Ni program description whilst watching tv using 'i' button details signal quality instead. When navigating EPG, it changes channel as you go down, can't leave channel on in background whilst seeing what else is on. Had about 2 weeks now, no crashes. 4* for the value 3* for functionality
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice small compact unit, good reception and very easy to set up.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was to replace an old receiver and the scart and aerial cables were already in place so the installation was simple and quick. The tuning was virtually automatic and I was flicking through the channels in no time. There is not a lot more to say except it lives up to Maplin's high standards.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A straightforward Freeview set top box with a single scart and the usual pass-through RF sockets (in and out). Quite easy to set up. A good tip is to make sure that your aerial is giving the best possible signal. I'm using this with an indoor aerial with built-in booster. When you first turn the box on the menu comes up on the screen and it's pretty obvious what to do i.e. choose digital tv and then let it scan automatically. It quickly located all the freeview stations. My only minor quibbles (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) are that the enclosed instruction sheet is very limited so it's worth downloading the full manual pdf from the Maplin site; also the OSD (on-screen display) colours are rather lurid (whichever option you choose). I haven't worried about the EPG as I get a listings mag each week. I've noticed that it turns itself off overnight. I can't see anywhere in the manual what length of inactivity triggers this - I assume it is triggered by the TV being turned off. I would prefer that not to happen but it's no big deal. By contrast, my LG HDD recorder which sits below this little box (and provides my 2nd freeview channel) stays on unless I turn it off or it finishes a preset timed recording. So, only had the box a couple of days but it seems to be doing what we want and, most importantly, will allow us to cancel our cable contract (and save a few quid each month) as we are quite happy with the range of channels available on freeview. Overall, so far, excellent value for money from Maplin, as usual.
Date published: 2014-11-18
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its that a tuner dvbt ? i got a old tv when i connect to the antenna i found few chanels but only audio that tunner will help me ?

Asked by: Lukasz
Yes, I am pleased to advise this will do exactly as you require.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2017-10-15

Has this got the old fashioned scart, not the new HDMI typetype connections

Asked by: katy
As stated in the pictures , yes.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-10-05

I bought Nikkai A75HQ a few years ago from you just in case I need to convert the Freeview digital signal to an old working TV with a scart.When I connected the scart,Antenna and powered it up nothing happened. Can't even see the Menu of the Nikkai.

Asked by: Nick
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-06-28

Can this freeview receiver work with 12v tv in motorhome?

Asked by: nanny
This will be fine as long as the TV has a SCART input and there is a mains voltage supply for the box.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-07-22

After reading of a lot of people being disappointed with various set top boxes not working since the recent switch over, will this box serve the purpose it was meant to do ?  I need to purchase this urgently, by Saturday the latest on my way to Caterham, 

Asked by: CONFUSED
I can confirm this item works fine.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-02-13

Have had the Nikkai A75HQ installed ok but my elderly father has by mistake pressed the factory reset button and can no longer receive any channels either by  auto or manual search , any help please

Asked by: Gaza
You should be able to reinstall the channels by either manual or auto store after pressing the factory reset . Refer to the user manual for set up operation regarding this issue.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-01-14

Have bought NIKKAI digital Freeview Receiver together with the NIKKAI Huge Button Universal Remote Control for my mum who is partially sighted. However I cannot get the Huge Button Remote to operate the Freeview Receiver. Is this the case.

Asked by: Harry
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9757 or email
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-01-05

I've discovered that some digital TV channels require something called MHEG5, which as supplied this product doesn't have. Is it possible to update it, and if so how? The menu on the box does include software update facility, but how?

Asked by: meohmy
This is able to be updated. I have sent user manual to your email address , the method to update is on page 10 .
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-01-05
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